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CAPTION: Andria Hall (left) and Air Jamaica’s Kaye Chong (second from right) join members of Special Blend in St. Lucia.


CAPTION: Participants gather to give thanks on Reduit Beach during their St. Lucia visit.


CASTRIES, St. Lucia (July 7, 2006) – Following the success of the Air Jamaica-sponsored “The Walk: Sanctuary for the Soul” women’s seminar last month, the organizers have confirmed they will return to St. Lucia next year for another “faith tourism” meeting from June 21 to 24, 2007.

Kaye Chong, one of Air Jamaica’s managers of Community and Special Market Sales, said the Jamaican flag carrier was pleased to support the ground-breaking seminar which attracted women of faith from the Caribbean and the eastern seaboard of the United States.

“We at Air Jamaica are committed to tapping into the faith market in the United Sates and the Caribbean and look forward to another inspiring meeting next year,” said Chong who, along with the participants, benefited from powerful guest speakers, interactive sessions, a money management session, and ‘Biblical Aromatherapy’ as registrants sampled essential oils which were used in Biblical times.

“Faith, excellence and integrity were the order of the day and I was personally blessed to be a part of this conference and gospel concert,” said Chong, who added it was a blessing to see the “faith tourism” vision she shared with events producer Andria Hall, President of SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A., become a successful reality.

The conference challenged women to balance their lives by embracing the practicality of their Christian faith, centered on the Word of God. Held at the four-star Coco Palm in Rodney Bay, conference organisers say they exceeded their own expectations. “Clearly, faith tourism is viable and valuable to a destination. God blessed us by transforming a vision just a few months ago to a life changing reality for the more than 40 women,” said Hall, whose team also produced a Gospel concert at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, featuring the New Jersey-based Carl Jenkins and X’altation and Special Blend, a Castries-based choir of 10 women.

Sponsors and supporters of the conference and concert included Air Jamaica, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Coco Resorts, LUCELEC, Ruder Finn, St. Lucia Tourist Board and TRENMEDIA Ministry Services.

For further information about next year’s seminar, email or call 908 322-8885.


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