|Prime Minister of Saint Lucia|
7 June 2016
|Governor General||Pearlette Louisy|
|Preceded by||Kenny Anthony|
|Born||Allen Michael Chastanet
(1960-11-20) 20 November 1960
|Political party||United Workers Party|
|Alma mater||Bishop’s University
Allen Michael Chastanet is a Saint Lucian businessman and politician who has been Prime Minister of Saint Lucia since June 2016. He is the political leader of the United Workers Party, as well as the parliamentary representative for Micoud South constituency. Previously he served from 2006-2011 as Saint Lucia’s Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation.
In 1979, Chastanet graduated from high school at Stanstead College (Stanstead, Quebec). He holds a B.A. degree from Bishop’s University and a MSc degree from American University.
Chastanet worked as vice president of marketing and sales for Air Jamaica. He is the managing director of the Coco Palm Hotel.
Chastanet was Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation and a member of the Saint Lucian Senate from 2006 to 2011. Chastanet unsuccessfully ran for a parliament seat for Soufriere Constituency in the 2011 general election. In 2013, he was elected leader of the opposition United Workers Party. Chastanet won the parliament seat for Micoud South constituency in the 2016 general election. He was sworn in as Prime Minister on 7 June 2016.
Allen Chastanet is the son of businessman Michael Chastanet. Allen Chastanet is married to attorney-at-law Raquel DuBoulay-Chastanet. (The part of article below taken from archive.stlucia.gov.lc
- 1989 – 1991:VICE PRESIDENT SALES AND MARKETING
WINDJAMMER LANDING, ST. LUCIA WI.
Opened and launched a new 214 luxury Resort with the responsibility to promote and sell property on a global basis. Managed a US$1 Million budget creating and implementing all marketing activities including setting rates, designing collateral, advertising campaigns, appointing and working closely with PR agencies and sales teams. Managed the distribution system of tour operators, travel agents, 800’s and direct bookings. Additional responsibilities included implementing a sales and marketing strategy for Villa Sales.
- 1992 – 1994: DIRECTOR OF TOURISM
LUCIA TOURIST BOARD
Allen Chastanet served as the Director of Tourism for his native St. Lucia where he was credited with bringing the small island into the forefront of the Caribbean’s tourism industry. He developed and managed all marketing and sales strategies to promote and position St. Lucia as the leading tourist destination and established the now world renowned St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
- 1994-1995 : DIRECTOR SALES AND MARKETING
Working directly with Mr. Chris Blackwell, founder of the Island Outpost brand of boutique hotels, Allen Chastanet was also responsible for 11 hotels in Miami’s South Beach, Jamaica and the Caribbean. However his primary responsibility was to select and manage all the PR and marketing agencies in the US, UK, Europe and the Caribbean. He incorporated the Island Records label and entertainment industry with the hospitality sector.
- 1995 – 2003 : VICE PRESIDENT SALES AND MARKETING, WORLDWIDE.
Starting as Director of Sales for North America in 1995, Allen Chastanet was quickly promoted to the position of vice President of Sales, Worldwide and then Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Worldwide leading Air Jamaica’s global marketing and sales strategy. Under his guidance, Air Jamaica achieved unparalleled growth both in leisure and Caribbean Diaspora markets. In addition, he was instrumental in starting the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival which today attracts record patrons and arrivals and generates strong expenditures, Islands in the Park and Love Birds Kids Program.
2001 – Allen M Chastanet was named Travel Agent Magazine’s “Caribbean Destination Person of the Year”.
OCTOBER 2003: MANAGING DIRECTOR
Allen M Chastanet was responsible for the day to day operations and Marketing and Sales efforts of the Caribbean’s newest boutique property in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.
Coco Kreole, a three star hotel provides a quintessential Caribbean experience with all of the modern conveniences for the leisure and business traveler. Coco Kreole won Caribbean Hotel Association’s Crystal Award for ‘Best Small Hotel” 2006.
Coco Palm, an 83-roomed property which opened September 2005 with Coco Kreole was the Crystal Award winner of the Caribbean Hotel Association’s ‘Best Small Hotel” award in 2006.
- 2002 – 2004: CHAIRMAN
CARIBBEAN HOTEL ASSOCIATION’S MARKETING COMMITTEE
- 2003 : CHAIRMAN
LUCIA HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION MARKETING COMMITTEE
- 2004 : 2ND VICE PRESIDENT
LUCIA HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION
- 2005 – 2006 : CHAIRMAN
CARIBBEAN HOTEL ASSOCIATION’S ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
- 2005 – 2006: PRESIDENT
LUCIA HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION
- 2006: MINISTER FOR TOURISM & CIVIL AVIATION
GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA.
Following his appointment as Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation, Allen M. Chastanet, relinquished his position as Managing Director of Coco Resorts. However, he assumed the Chairmanship of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Headquartered in Castries, St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science. He is also a Master of Science and holds a Degree in Development Banking. He obtained these from Bishops University in Quebec and American University in Washington D.C. respectively.
He is married to Raquel and has two beautiful children, daughter Rhyann and son Braden.