St. Lucia Offers a Live "Virtual Escape" Via Social Media

TORONTO,ON (March 25, 2020) – As the world adjusts to the new reality of life under self-quarantine in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) is inviting consumers to escape virtually for 7 Minutes in Saint Lucia with a brand new social media series that airs twice per week on Instagram beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11am EDT.

While travel may not be possible at this time, consumers can travel virtually to Saint Lucia from the comfort of their homes. Discover yoga and meditation at the Pitons, make a tropical cocktail with locally-produced favourite Chairman’s Reserve Rum, or cook an authentic Saint Lucian dish with Chef Shorne Benjamin.

“By creating the ‘7 Minutes in Saint Lucia’ social media series, our aim is to virtually share Saint Lucian culture and natural beauty in an authentic way while people stay safe at home, to keep in touch with future visitors and our valued travel agents -- hopefully providing a bright spot in their days“, said Honourable Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee.

To participate, follow along as the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority broadcasts live from sunny Saint Lucia. To make the live stream more interactive, viewers are encouraged to participate by commenting and using the hashtag #7MinutesinSaintLucia to tell us what you want to see next.

At the designated times, go to the @TravelSaintLucia Instagram page and click the top of the feed with a play button and colourful ring around it to join the live.

The series will be available on the following platforms:

Instagram @TravelSaintLucia LIVE

Facebook  /TravelSaintLucia via link

Twitter @TravelStLucia via link

The weekly 7 Minutes in Saint Lucia series kicks off with the upcoming live stream schedule:

YOGA AT THE PITONS

Thursday - March 26, 11:00am – 11:07am EDT

Start your day with a mind-body connection as local yoga expert Monique Devaux kicks off “7 Minutes in Saint Lucia” with breathtaking views of the world-famous Pitons in Saint Lucia.

SAINT LUCIAN FLAVOR COOKING CLASS

Tuesday - March 31, 11:00am – 11:07am EDT

International Saint Lucian chef Shorne Benjamin @chefshorne hosts a virtual cooking class filled with local flavors. Get your appetite ready as we guide you step-by-step through a famous and delicious local dish.

LIVE DJ PARTY

Thursday - April 2, 5:00pm – 6:00pm EDT *Special Time*

Live virtual dance session to get you up and moving with one of the hottest Disc Jockeys in Saint Lucia, Hollywood HP @hollywoodhpslu. Join the jam session spinning the hottest Reggae, Dancehall and Soca hits from the comfort of your home, at a special evening time.

BEACHY, BREEZY MEDITATION

Tuesday - April 7, 11:00am – 11:07am EDT

Free your mind with LIVE guided meditation with Janelle from @YogawithJa, from the sandy beaches of Saint Lucia.  Let the calm breeze of the Caribbean Sea open up all of your senses for a virtual escape as we connect, ease stress and spread positive energy.

Additional planned activities in the series include a breath of fresh air hike at Tet Paul Nature Trail, guided meditation amidst the Saint Lucian landscape, cocktail crafting with local rum, cocoa tea making with a local chef and lessons about wellness benefits of plants from a local herbalist.

For up-to-date information, frequently asked questions and procedures in place in Saint Lucia during the COVID-19 crisis, please visithttps://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19


ABOUT SAINT LUCIA

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a tropical rainforest, the highly-Instagrammed mud baths at Sulphur Springs Park and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint coastline fishing villages and a robust calendar of annual events that attract visitors from around the globe. Saint Lucia's wide range of accommodations includes five-star hotels, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. The destination also offers world-class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the leading wedding and honeymoon destinations worldwide. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is the official destination marketing and promotion organization for Saint Lucia. Learn more at www.stlucia.org and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.