Spe­cial recog­ni­tion for Ren­dezvous fam­ily!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By An­gel­ica O’ DonoghueHolder

Af­ter 50 years of con­tribut­ing to the lo­cal tourism prod­uct, the Barnard fam­ily has been of­fi­cially hon­oured by the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia. On Tues­day a mod­est cer­e­mony at the prime min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence marked the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion. In at­ten­dance were PM Mr. Allen Chas­tanet, tourism min­is­ter Do­minic Fedee, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel & Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion and the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board, along with other key stake­hold­ers from the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors. They came to­gether in recog­ni­tion of Ren­dezvous Re­sort brand.

For­merly as­so­ci­ated with a lead­ing lo­cal ho­tel com­pany, Fedee un­der­scored in his ad­dress that the Barnard fam­ily alone can boast of own­ing and op­er­at­ing the same re­sort for just over half a cen­tury.

In his turn the prime min­is­ter pre­sented a com­mem­o­r­ta­tive award, in the form a plaque, to Mr. An­drew Barnard, deputy manag­ing di­rec­tor of Sunswept Re­sorts. In ad­vance of his pre­sen­ta­tion Mr. Chas­tanet ar­tic­u­lated on be­half of the peo­ple and the gov­ern­ment full ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude for the fam­ily’s con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal tourism sec­tor over the years. He also spoke for the hun­dreds of Saint Lu­cians who, in that time, had found em­ploy­ment at the fam­ily’s re­sorts.

A vis­i­bly ap­pre­cia­tive An­drew Barnard ex­pressed his fam­ily’s thanks to the prime min­is­ter and his gov­ern­ment for ac­knowl­edg­ing their con­tri­bu­tions to the tourism in­dus­try.

PM Allen Chas­tanet (l) pre­sents a dis­tinc­tive plaque to An­drew Barnard.

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