Press Release:  Gems of Saint Lucia will be presenting at the 40th Annual World Congress of the Africa Travel Association, November 9th – 14th, 2015.

The Chief Executive Officer for Gems of Saint Lucia, Wilson Jn. Baptiste and the Director of Operations Magdalene Cooman, will be leaving for Nairobi, Kenya, on November 7, 2015, to attend the 40th Annual World Congress of the Africa Travel Association. They will be guests of the Africa Travel Association.

The two Gems executives have been invited to present a paper on: ‘Marketing Cultural Heritage Sites and Authentic Travel Experiences’ at the Marketing Session, on Monday, November 9, 2015, at 02:20 p.m.  They will discuss the following during their presentation: (a). an overview of the SWOT analysis to the emergence of cultural and heritage tourism as a fashionable tourism activity (b).the importance of value-based partnerships when selecting /working with stakeholders (c). the value of a different marking perspective to the marketing of cultural and heritage assets  (d). the value of formalized marketing plans with clearly stated goals and objectives for cultural and heritage attractions (e). the Gems brand to developing and marketing cultural and heritage sites.  This session is expected to be joined by tourism professionals and other invited guests. As a result of this event, Saint Lucia is expected to gain extensive exposure among the hundreds of participants who will be flying in from across the globe to attend the Congress.

The presentation of the paper by the two Gems executives will immediately be followed by a reception to usher in the “Gems of Africa-Kenya.’ This is the latest collaborative initiative between Wilson Jn. Baptiste and Mrs. Jane Adam, Managing Director for Nature Expedition, in Kenya. Mrs. Adam and Mr. Jn. Baptiste have been discussing the formation of this concept for the past few months and decided that this was the opportune time to launch the brand.  It is expected that stakeholders from Kenya’s tourism industry will be in attendance.


While in Kenya, the Gems executives will visit a number of cultural and heritage sites and taken on a number of Safari tours. In addition, they will also be attending events organized by the African Travel Association.  Mr. Jn. Baptiste will also be in the company of another New York University alum, Ms. Andrea Papitto, Director Trade Relations and Communication at Africa Travel Association, who attended NYU with him and also in the company of Mr. Edward Bergman, Executive Director of Africa travel Association, and also his professor at New York University (NYU). The two are expected to spend ten days in Kenya.

Gems of Saint Lucia would like to thank all its partners for continued support in developing this global concept and each one will receive maximum exposure and visibility at the Congress.  Villa Isis, Piton Villa Vacation, Sea Spray Cruises, Phresh, Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica, Paradise Auto(2004) and  Southern Taxi Association among many others.


About Gems of Saint Lucia


The Gems of Saint Lucia is the new and innovative branding of Saint Lucia’s hospitality and tourism industry, which provides authentic products in a culturally rich environment. These authentic products are rustic in nature. They are charmingly simple or unsophisticated and are owned and controlled by the indigenous people on Saint Lucia, located in the countryside and owned by the countryside people.

The Gem’s philosophy is “Marketing Is Everybody’s Business.” As a result, the goals of the Gems are being achieved through the creation of marketing consulting teams involving Saint Lucians and friends of Saint Lucia. The Gems of Saint Lucia was conceptualized by Wilson Jn. Baptiste, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2007. Magdalene Cooman, Chief Operating Officer (COO) joined in 2014.

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About the Africa Travel Association

Our Mission

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) is the leading global trade association promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. Established in 1975, ATA serves both the public and private sectors of the international travel and tourism industry. ATA membership comprises African governments, their tourism ministers, tourism bureaus and boards, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, front-line travel sellers and providers, tour operators and travel agents, and affiliate industries. ATA partners with the African Union Commission (AU) to promote the sustainable development of tourism to and across Africa. ATA’s annual events in Africa and the United States bring together industry leaders to shape Africa’s tourism agenda.


About Nature Expeditions


Nature Expeditions is an owner-managed company providing tours and travel related services in East Africa. The company was started with the aim of providing tours & safaris in all segments - individuals, families, groups, incentives & conferences. Nature Expeditions provides quality tours & safaris at affordable prices. And then do more!

Our Mission

To give clients exceptional service, exemplified by courteous, professional actions while subscribing to the highest standards of morals and ethics in the tourism industry.

Our Vision

To be the tour operator of choice in East and Central Africa Region.


Thank you to of all our partners, sponsors and members!  

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The management of Gems of Saint Lucia has positioned its concept to differentiate it from that of its competitors. This differentiation is driven by the marketing channel which is St. Lucian nationals globally with the focus placed on a single destination, St. Lucia. As a result of this strategy, the marketing consultants working with Gems of Saint Lucia will:

a)  use their knowledge of the island to sell with greater precision and passion -

b) be conscious that they are contributing to the socio-economic development of the island,hereby creating economic opportunities for their relatives and friends at home.our own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.

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