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After hitting record-setting numbers in 2017, current figures show a continued growth of the Saint Lucia tourism sector, proving that the destination is an island vacation that appeals to a wide range of travelers.

Stay over arrivals increased by 9.5 percent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year. As of May 23, 2018, Saint Lucia registered 355,821 cruise passenger arrivals—an increase of 13.5 percent over the same period last year. Numbers like these show that the interest in Saint Lucia is there, and now with Recommend’s Saint Lucia Expert course, travel agents can learn everything they need to book their clients on a trip to this island nation.

Created in collaboration with the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, the Saint Lucia Expert course not only teaches agents about what this sensational island has to offer and how to sell it to their clients, but it also allows graduates to reap sales rewards and benefits, including access to special SLAM (Saint Lucia Agent Months) rates for hotels across the island.

When agents complete the program, they will receive three continuing education credits from The Travel Institute or the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies; AND will be able to access SLAM rates, which are available June 1-Nov. 30, 2018. For details on how to become a certified Saint Lucia Expert, visit edu.recommend.com/saintlucia.

With over 30 resorts and hotels offering promotional rates and packages ONLY for graduates of the Saint Lucia Expert course, there are several options for agents to choose from. For example, agents interested in staying at the Harbor Club will receive a discounted nightly rate of $99 dbl with breakfast included when they book and travel between July and November 2018 and use promo code SLAMHCHarmony Suites is offering 50 percent off room rates, while La Dauphine Estate is also offering 50 percent off room rates for all accommodation categories, plus a free cocoa plantation tour.

For more information, visit theharborclub.comharmonysuites.com, and villabeachcottages.com, or e-mail jannell.etienne@theharborclub.com, harmony@candw.lc, and info@villabeachcottages.com.

To become a certified Saint Lucia Expert, visit edu.recommend.com/saintlucia.