Saint Lucia Tourism launches “The Gimies”

Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced the inaugural SLTA, Saint Lucia Tourism Awards, “The Gimies”

The Ministry cooperated with the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association to organize the most anticipated awards presentation on the island.

The ceremony will be held at the Royalton Resort on February 25, 2023, and will honour all individuals’ efforts to the sector’s growth. The inaugural SLTA’s theme is “Rethinking Tourism.”

The prize is named after Mount Gimie, the tallest mountain in Saint Lucia, standing at an elevation of 3,120 ft. The Gimies is synonymous with reaching new heights, the pinnacle of excellence. The actual Award design, which depicts the Gimies was conceptualised by world renown sculptor, designer and son of the soil, Jallim Eudovic.

The Awards are directed toward all industry stakeholders and consciously highlight the hidden heroes whose incredible achievements and contributions have contributed to the island receiving several international honours. SLTA invites individuals to nominate for several awards categories.

Individual Awards Categories

Accommodation 

Small Hotel Employee of the Year

Medium Hotel Employee of the Year

Large Hotel Employee of the Year

Collection de Pepites Employee of the Year

Transportation/Recreation 

Tourism Transportation Employee of the Year 

Marine-Based Transportation Employee of the Year

Sites and Adventure Employee of the Year

Independents 

Independent Restaurant Employee of the Year

Independent Tour Guide of the Year

Craft and Souvenir Retailer of the Year

Tourism and Hospitality Student of the Year

Port Employee of the Year

Special Awards & Recognition

Lifetime Achievement Award (Prime Minister Award)

Organisational Awards Categories 

Accommodation 

Small Hotel of the Year

Medium Hotel of the Year

Large Hotel of the Year

Collection de Pepites Property of the Year

Transportation/Recreation

Land-Based Tourism Transport Business Of the Year

Water-Based Tourism Transport Business Of the Year

Sites and Adventure Business of the Year

Independents

Independent Restaurant of the Year

Wedding / Events Planner of the Year

Special Awards & Recognition

Community-Based Tourism

Sustainable Tourism Award

Tourism Education and Training

Destination Steward and Resilience Award

Gold Social Partner in Tourism

The awards also feature a special “People’s Choice” award. 

Rules for submissions

The submission of nomination forms for individual and organizational awards can only be submitted by
a representative of the businesses in or associated with the tourism industry

tourism or hospitality-related educational institutions,

groups or associations in or associated with the tourism industry

self-employed persons in or associated with the tourism industry

An employee shall not nominate his or herself unless that individual is self-employed

An organisation may enter submissions or nominate its business for as many organizational awards as it is eligible for

The only award the general public can nominate for is people’s choice

Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered

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