PRESS RELEASE:-Soufriere, St. Lucia – On Friday, Sept 1st, 2017, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) hosted its annual Staff Familiarization (FAM) Tour. The FAM tour is an excursion that is organized to acquaint and educate staff of the best practices within the tourism industry.
Moreover, it is a day given for socializing and developing team building as well as to reward the performances of our hard-working team. Previous tours comprised of tours to various sites, hotels and resorts. Last year’s FAM tour included a boat ride to Capella and Pigeon Point, lunch and refreshments.
Lately, the tour had grown to be more of a socializing event accumulating a cost of approximately $15,000 to $20,000 per annum due to an increase in the numbers employed at the organization. In order to reduce cost, Management decided to convert the activity into a first ever Sports Day.
Said Executive Director, Jimmy Haynes, “the event was expected to get individuals active and promote health and wellness as well as to build stronger staff-manager relationships and team work.”
Four houses which were selected to honor past Chairpersons/Executive Directors for their hard-work and dedication to the organization; Lamontagne- Blue house (Mr. Lyton Lamontagne), Bobb- Pink house (Mr. Clem Bobb), Gustave-Orange house (Mr. Michael Gustave) and Alexis-Green house (Deceased Ervin Alexis).
Staff competed in various disciplines including small goals-football, cricket, relay races, balloon toss, tug of war and dominoes.
“I feel very encouraged, I think it is the best thing that has happened for the organization in a long time” said Operations Manager, Franklin Solomon.
Gustave house emerged victorious followed by Lamontagne in second, Bobb in third and Alexis in fourth.
The Soufriere Foundation is a not for profit organisation located in Soufriere. Its mandate is to undertake social, economic, cultural and other sustainable development in the Soufriere region. The organization which was established in 1993 generates revenues from its operational sites: the Sulphur Springs Park, Gros Piton Nature Trail, Comfort Center, Soufriere jetties and 88.5 Soufriere FM.