SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia – April 19, 2011 – Dr. Ken Watson of Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism International has been recruited to manage the Mago Estate Hotel in St. Lucia.
Dr. Watson has more than 35 years of experience in hotel operations. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in International Resort & Tourism Development, he began his professional career at The Dorchester Hotel in London. He has served as chairman of the Caribbean branch of the Hotel Catering and International Management Association (HCIMA, now the Institute of Hospitality). He is also a recipient of the HCIMA’s Award for Excellence in Hospitality Development.
For many years, Dr. Watson was the principal in an independent consulting group, serving associations, management groups, academic institutions and governmental tourist authorities. He has served on several industry boards that deal with tourism education and as brand liaison to a major resort development company.
In 2000, Dr. Watson founded Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism International (HLTI), a leading hotel management and consulting firm. In its first eight years, HLTI created a blended resort development system and personally opened four new properties. Since it was formed, the firm has assisted or developed more than 50 hotels in eight countries and territories. HLTI recently introduced Eco-Resort Development and consulting to its portfolio of hotel advisory services.
“I am proud to be here at The Mago Estate Hotel, and delighted to be in St. Lucia,” Dr. Watson said. “Mago is a totally unique resort, unlike anything else in the Caribbean, and I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to experience the 'magic' of what Mago has to offer.”
About Mago Estate
Nestled in the mountains of St. Lucia, Mago Estate includes 20 rooms and suites. It is close to the Pitons, two volcanic peaks in a World Heritage Site on the island.
Designed for the adventurous traveler who wants an alternative to a traditional Caribbean beach vacation, Mago Estate offers a plethora of eco-tourism activities. These include hiking through the Pitons and along the Tet Paul Nature Trail, a visit to the Sulphur Springs, bird watching, turtle watching, a Rainforest canopy adventure and snorkeling and diving excursions. Sailing trips, glass bottom boat tours, deep sea sports fishing, whale watching, horseback riding, scuba diving and plantation tours are also available.
The hotel is located less than an hour’s drive from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra Airport, which is served by non-stop flights from major U.S. and Canadian gateways as well as Puerto Rico.
Further information about the property can be found at its website, www.magohotel.com.
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