Desert Star Holdings Limited is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In her service to nation and to countless causes around the world she was without peer.
Her Majesty’s loss to Britain, and to the sport of horse racing, is unquantifiable. Desert Star Holdings Limited extends its condolences to the people of Britain and to a family in mourning.
The tourism world’s best and brightest minds descended on the Swiss alpine city of Lucerne to discuss and present the industry’s future paths and opportunities at the 2021 World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL). Think tanks and keynote speeches involving established leaders from varied industries and presentations from young leaders were core to the five-day event which was held against a backdrop of cautious optimism.
This year’s WTFL was the third occasion Ar. Teo Ah Khing had been invited to participate. Representing the TAKGroup of Companies (Teo A. Khing Design Consultants, Desert Star Group, Alpina Mountain Resort and Spa etc), he also co-sponsored the Young Talent Programme alongside Mr. Samih Sawiris (Chair Orascom Development Holding) and Mr. Reto Wittwer (Chairman, World Tourism Forum Lucerne; Founder and Chairman of Smart Hospitality Solutions).
Ar. Teo participated in think tanks and discussions alongside a “who’s who” of notables Including Adeeb Ahamed (Managing Director of Twenty14Holdings), Marcus Bernhardt (CEO Steigenberger Hotels), Puneet Chhatwal (CEO Indian Hotels Company Limited), Achilles Constantakopoulos (CEO TEMES), Koen Deryckere (Global Lead at Accenture), as well as Dinesh Dhamija (Entrepreneur and Philantropist), Niall Ferguson (Historian and Author), Wybcke Meier (CEO TUI Cruises), Liz Ortiguera (CEO Pacific Asia Travel Association) and the above mentioned Mr Samih Sawiris (Chair Orascom Development Holding).
The World Tourism Forum Lucerne is the only tourism platform where international top-level decision makers from industry, government, academia and finance collaborate on future challenges together with tomorrow’s generation.
The event, founded in 2008, has established itself by as a platform for open-minded and future-oriented exchanges across industries and generations.
2nd from left, Hon. Dominic Fedee (Tourism Minister), Mr. Ng Chee Choy (Project Director, DSH Caribbean Star Limited), Mr. Ben Walden (Chief Operating Officer, Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club)
As Saint Lucians remain stoic in the face of the global pandemic, a modest relaxation of some of the government’s Covid-19 safety standards has allowed for a reminder that it is the strength of community that is helping the country remain strong and work towards normalization.
At the NTN TV Studio, representatives of DSH Caribbean Star Limited and the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club were on hand to present a cheque to the government for their support of the national response directed through the Covid-19 Telethon.
Mr. Ng Chee Choy (Project Director, DSH Caribbean Star Limited) and Mr. Ben Walden (Chief Operating Officer, Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club) presented the Hon. Dominic Fedee (Tourism Minister) with a cheque of EC212,031 with all funds directed to the national Covid-19 response.
‘Community’ is a pillar of DSH Caribbean Star Limited and the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club and the unified response to support Saint Lucia’s Covid-19 response from staff and management is testament to an unwavering intent to once again demonstrate this belief.
At the time of the donation the companies issued the following joint statement:
Mr. Teo Ah Khing (Chairman)
DSH Caribbean Star Limited and the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club are proud to be playing their role in the national response to Saint Lucia’s Covid-19 Telethon to aid frontline workers and high-risk groups.
More than EC2.5 million has been raised at the time of writing with DSH Caribbean Star Limited and the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club contributing EC212,031 to this wonderful cause. The sum was raised among all staff and significantly enhanced by a contribution from Chairman Teo Ah Khing. It is hoped the contribution goes some way to ease the burden of Saint Lucians affected by the global pandemic.
A statement was jointly issued by DSH Caribbean Star Limited and the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club in conjunction with the donation:
DSH Caribbean Star Limited and the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club wish all Saint Lucians to stay safe and healthy during these challenging times.
SAINT LUCIA is poised for significant advances in its tourism product and business environment thanks to the “Pearl of the Caribbean” project which is expected to commence construction in 2017. The southern-based project, estimated to cost about US$2.6 billion, is a fully integrated equestrian oriented development which will encompass the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club and its expected world class horse racing, and related entertainment, leisure and accommodation amenities. At a sod-turning ceremony last Friday by Prince Harry there were several announcements made on the impact of the project and the unique opportunities it brings.
Saint Lucia is to become home to an iconic resort and lifestyle development after Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet signed an agreement, Friday, to build the first and only international-standard integrated development. The “Pearl of the Caribbean” is valued at over USD$2.6 billion