SLHTA Ap­points Direc­tors for Al­lied Mem­bers Sec­tors

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel & Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of two new Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to their Board of Direc­tors, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Mr. Richard Peterkin has been ap­pointed Rep­re­sen­ta­tive at Large for Banks, Pro­fes­sion­als, Ed­u­ca­tional, Train­ing In­sti­tu­tions & Other Al­lied Mem­bers. Richard is the part­ner in charge of Tax and Trans­ac­tion Ser­vices at Grant Thorn­ton Wind­ward Is­lands. He has pro­vided as­sur­ance, busi­ness ad­vi­sory, re­cov­ery and cor­po­rate ser­vices to a wide va­ri­ety of clients over the last 37 years, and is the Client Ser­vice Part­ner for a num­ber of hos­pi­tal­ity clients in Saint Lu­cia and the East­ern Caribbean.

He is cur­rently a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, and Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Olympic Com­mit­tee Inc.

Mr. John Mathurin has been ap­pointed to the SLHTA’s Board of Direc­tors as the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Air­lines, Travel Con­sul­tants, Des­ti­na­tion Man­age­ment Com­pa­nies, Cruise Han­dlers and Wed­ding Ser­vice Providers. John is a 27-year veteran in Saint Lu­cia’s tourism in­dus­try. Owner and Man­ager of Seren­ity Va­ca­tions & Tours, John has also worked in a finance and ac­count­ing ca­pac­ity with Steigen­burger Cari­blue Ho­tel (now Le Sport). An avid cham­pion of Hu­man Re­sources Devel­op­ment as a means of spread­ing the eco­nomic of­fer­ings of tourism, John also serves as an in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil formed by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and on the Tourism Trans­porta­tion Reg­u­la­tory Com­mit­tee of the Min­istry of Tourism.

Both Direc­tors will be charged with li­ais­ing with their re­spec­tive sub-sec­tors on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to en­sure that sec­tor con­cerns and views are rep­re­sented and ad­e­quately cham­pi­oned at dis­cus­sions of the SLHTA Board of Direc­tors. No stranger to the af­fairs of the SLHTA, Mr. Peterkin and Mr. Mathurin have both been in­volved in SLHTA ne­go­ti­a­tions and dis­cus­sions on tax­a­tion and de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues af­fect­ing Saint Lu­cia’s tourism in­dus­try.

Given the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of al­lied mem­bers to prod­uct devel­op­ment and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the of­fer­ings of the des­ti­na­tion, the As­so­ci­a­tion has made de­lib­er­ate ef­fort over the past few years to en­sure that the needs and con­cerns of its al­lied mem­bers are ad­dressed in dis­cus­sions at the highest lev­els.

The SLHTA Sec­re­tar­iat takes great plea­sure in wel­com­ing both gen­tle­men to the Board as the As­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­ues to carry out its main func­tion as the “Voice of the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try” in Saint Lu­cia.

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