Tourism shows optimistic growth in 2017

Published on : Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Saint Lucia tourismThere has been an increase of 1 percent in stay over arrivals in Saint Lucia tourism sector in 2016. Thought the total stay-over visitor arrivals for 2016 increased to an estimated figure of 347, 872, the industry couldn’t show much of its growth in yachting and cruise sectors with a contraction of 13 and 1 percent respectively.

 
Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee and SLTB Executive Chairperson Agnes Francis expressed their views on the optimistic performance of Saint Lucia while delivering their speeches at an industry press conference on March 7th, 2017.

 
To quote Minister Fedee, ‘’ There are many strategic developments that will be undertaken in the coming year including a stronger airlift strategy that would improve airlift in the summer months where we typically struggle. Additionally, the government is currently looking at a new tourism incentives act that we hope will stimulate investment across the board. We are also taking a very serious look at the development of our airport in order to remain competitive with our other jurisdictions who are moving ahead with very modern state-of-the-art facilities.’’

 
In 2016, US market witnessed a continued growth of 5 percent on stay over arrivals. The Caribbean market saw a substantial growth of 7%, outshining the UK market which contracted by -5%. However, Executive Chairperson, Agnes Francis, appreciated the performance of the UK market in December with a 3.9% increase.

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