Saint Lucia's Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Senator Allen Chastanet has been named the Caribbean Travel Personality of the Year. Senator Chastanet won the honor at the 2009 World Travel Awards in London, England over the weekend. The World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
"It's with great humility that I accept this award on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia," said Chastanet. Chastanet, who is credited with starting the world acclaimed Saint Lucia Jazz festival, was vice president of sales and marketing with Windjammer Landing in Saint Lucia before being appointed the island's director of tourism in the early 1990s. He became director of sales and marketing at Island Outpost in the mid-90s before serving as director, then vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Air Jamaica for eight years.