Saint Lucia (July 4, 2012) – Scores of acclaimed hotels and fine restaurants alongside some of the most exciting tours and attractions on Saint Lucia, are again preparing to offer their legendary service, warmth and hospitality to an eagerly anticipating local clientele revving to take advantage of the special summer vacation excursion dubbed ‘Staycation.’

The annual summer promotion continues to grow in popularity and for the first time will include spa treatments at some of the island’s leading spa facilities. Staycation 2012 rolls off from July 1 and will run until September 30, 2012.

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board is working assiduously with the many hotels, restaurants, tour operator partners and spas in crafting the various tailor-made packages that offer summer vacation deals exclusively to residents.  Some of the specials include hotel stays starting from US$30 per night per room and discounts on popular tours and attractions. Some incredible all-inclusive deals also form part of the promotion.

The rollout of Staycation coincides with the launch of yet another exciting summer promotion dubbed Summerlicious; a program conceptualized by the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), designed to expose both locals and visitors alike to the diversity of Saint Lucian cuisine as influenced by Afro, European, French and Caribbean heritage.

Summerlicious features reduced prix fixe (fixed price) lunch and dinner summer menus at some of the finest restaurants island-wide. Patrons can sample a two course lunch for EC$50-$65 and a three course dinner from EC$95, $125 and $145. In addition, all meals include a high-quality signature cocktail made with Saint Lucia’s award winning Chairman’s Reserve Rum. Ahead of the imposition of the Value Added Tax in October of this year, Summerlicious has been hailed as the, “Pre VAT Dine Out”.

Tourism Director Louis Lewis says Staycation/Summerlicious offers that unique opportunity for nationals; and in the case of Summerlicious visitors alike, the chance to experience the island’s varied tourism product.  Lewis says, “It is noteworthy to see the excitement amongst the hotels, restaurants, sites, attractions and spas to these two programs as we work together to execute these exciting summer promotions.  The fact that more and more of our tourism partners are eager to participate in the promotions is testament to their success and the value they place on the on-island clientele.”

Hotels and restaurants participating in Staycation/Summerlicious 2012 include both small and large properties and are located throughout the island from Cap Estate in the north to Vieux Fort in the south.

A complete listing of Staycation and Summerlicious partners can be found in the weekend edition of the Star and Voice Newspapers.