Sandals and Is­land Routes of­fer a uniquely Saint Lu­cian ex­pe­ri­ence

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

Is­land Routes tour depart­ment has part­nered with the Sandals chain of re­sorts to of­fer its clients a uniquely Saint Lu­cian tour and trans­fer ex­pe­ri­ence. Is­land Routes has been work­ing dili­gently with lo­cal tour sup­pli­ers, one of whom is en­tre­pre­neur Kim Mar­ius. Is­land Routes is a Caribbean com­pany op­er­at­ing within a num­ber of Caribbean des­ti­na­tions, cur­rently op­er­a­tional in eleven, such as Aruba, St. Martin, Cay­man Is­lands and the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic. CEO of Is­land Routes, David Shields, based in Mon­tego Bay, says, “Af­ter our six years in busi­ness, we have been ex­pand­ing ag­gres­sively through­out the re­gion.”

“In the short his­tory of the com­pany, we have grown ex­ten­sively, de­liv­er­ing tours and ex­cur­sions through­out the re­gion,” Shields said.

Is­land Routes fo­cuses on trans­fers of guests from the air­ports to the ho­tels and de­liv­er­ing tours and ex­cur­sions. “Our busi­ness phi­los­o­phy is to work ex­ten­sively with lo­cal busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs to fa­cil­i­tate the growth of their en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­i­ties, and to en­sure that they can de­liver to guests the most amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he stated.

Is­land Routes re­lies heav­ily on the man­age­ment prin­ci­ples that pro­tect guests and en­sures that there is riskand in­ci­dent-man­age­ment in place to en­sure that the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence is a pos­i­tive one, high­light­ing what is unique to the des­ti­na­tions.

All part­ners here of Is­land Routes are Saint Lu­cian -based and op­er­a­tional on the is­land.

“In Saint Lu­cia we own no as­sets, so all the part­ner­ships we es­tab­lish are with lo­cal en­trepreneurs, fa­cil­i­tat­ing busi­nesses,” said Shields.

Ac­cord­ing to Shields, among the eleven des­ti­na­tions Is­land Routes rep­re­sents, Saint Lu­cia ac­counts for ap­prox­i­mately 20% of its busi­ness. The com­pany boasted over one mil­lion book­ings last year alone; one hun­dred thou­sand guest ex­pe­ri­ences were de­liv­ered in Saint Lu­cia. “We are very proud of that af­fil­i­a­tion be­cause we are tak­ing in ex­cess of 100,000 guests.”

The newly ap­pointed lo­cal East­ern Caribbean desti­na­tion man­ager is Ni­chola Co­zier.

L-R: Kim Mar­ius, owner Su­pe­rior Tours and, from Is­land Routes Caribbean Ad­ven­ture Tours,

Ni­chola Co­zier Desti­na­tion Man­ager, East­ern Caribbean, CEO David Shields, Si­mone Skin­ner, Group

and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager.

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