With the destination have recently set new visitor number records, Dominic Fedee, minister of tourism for St Lucia, tells Breaking Travel News how a resurgent United States economy has contributed to the success.
Breaking Travel News catches up with Paul Collymore, general manager at the Landings Resort & Spa in St Lucia, during Caribbean Travel Marketplace.
The latest figures indicate that Saint Lucia has surpassed all previous records set with regards to stay-over arrivals. The Caribbean destination recorded 423,736 stay-over visitors last year, the highest figure in the island’s history.
The government of St Lucia has unveiled plans to will be introduce a tourist accommodation fee to be used for destination marketing and development. All accommodation providers on the island will be required to collect the charge from guests from April 1st.
Breaking Travel News chats with Dominic Fedee, minister of tourism for Saint Lucia, about plans for a new cruise port on the island and the latest investments at the international airport. In his role as the chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, he also tells us about a controversial recent decision to close offices in New York and London.
The deal will see the formation of a joint venture to manage the existing cruise facilities on the island, and to design, construct and operate a new cruise port.
The latest performance report for Saint Lucia is in and the record-breaking streak in visitor arrivals to the acclaimed destination continues. According to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, the island can now boast that seven out of the eight months thus far this year have recorded unprecedented growth in arrivals.
This winter, holidaymakers can take advantage of a new month-long promotion from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. Running until the end of October, sun seekers can book a holiday in Saint Lucia and enjoy some winter sun or book ahead for their summer holiday.
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has hosted its ninth annual showcase, this year welcoming more than 200 UK travel industry specialists. The aim of the event is to update partners on Saint Lucia news and to hear from key operators, airlines and agents on what they need to market the destination.