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Saint Lucia Cruise Tourism: No more harassment of visitors

Saint Lucia Tourism stakeholders are not hiding challenges, but with the help of Dr. Peter Tarlow from SaferTourism they are addressing issues and correcting them. SaferTourism.com consultant Dr. Peter Tarlow will be in Saint Lucia at the end of this month to work with officials on a number of fronts.

Visitor harassment is an important subject for the Saint Lucia Ministry of Tourism. How to manage this has been a priority for some time with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Health along with the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC).  They have all teamed up to deal with the problem which could impact negatively on the island’s tourism product.

Harassment by unauthorized taxi operators was addressed when Saint Lucia tourism stakeholders met. Saint Lucia will not allow obstacles that could hinder the smooth flow of tourism progress. It was revealed at a recent meeting by stakeholders that the Saint Lucia Ministry of Tourism had been able to control visitor harassment by unauthorized taxi drivers.

Still, an issue with the Ministry of Tourism is that of the harassment of visitors by vagrants. It was suggested at the meeting that to deal with the vagrants harassment problem, meetings needed to be held with the relevant authorities.

A number of solutions have already been implemented. The cruise tourism group said some progress was made at their last meeting in September of last year. They are now looking at developing new attractions at the destination to increase visitor spending.

Saint Lucia cruise tourism stakeholders took time out this week to examine such issues.  A discussion session was held at the Conference Room of the Orchid Garden (Union). Saint Lucia cruise tourism stakeholders are united in their commitment to improve the visitor experience. This included explaining how cognizant they are of the significance of the cruise sector to the local tourism economy.

Despite several meetings in the past, the Saint Lucia tourism stakeholders saw it fitting to discuss the issues that could pose problems during this year’s cruise season. Some of the challenges that impact on Saint Lucia cruise passenger is traffic and issues relating to demarcation as well as safety and security.

A number of solutions have already been implemented. The cruise tourism group said some progress was made at their last meeting in September of last year. They are now looking at developing new attractions at the destination to increase visitor spending.

Also at the meeting, a number of decisions were taken with respect to parking by taxi operators using minibuses and coaster buses.

At the end of the meeting, stakeholders were hopeful that the 2019 cruise season, which begins this month and ends April of next year, will run much easier compared to previous years.

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