The President of Saint Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Vendors has called for a more significant police presence in Castries, especially during cruise ship visits.
Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac made the call while expressing concern over attacks on cruise ship passengers.
Isaac recalled that last week, police arrested a man who snatched a chain from a female passenger in the City.
He acknowledged that his call for enhanced police presence during cruise ship visits might attract criticism.
“Some people say we are just doing things for tourists. I don’t think so. We need to protect an industry that we consider to be the mainstay of our economy,” Isaac asserted.
He noted that in addition to Saint Lucia benefitting from head taxes, passengers who disembark patronise local businesses.
According to the Vendors Association President, the visitors represent an asset.
And he declared that nothing should occur to damage the tourism industry.
“It is paramount we ensure that when cruise ships are there, especially when we have that volume of people here – three, four cruise ships sometimes, up to eight thousand to nine thousand people are in our harbour, we need to do all we can to protect that industry because as we always say, that is the breadwinner for this economy,” Isaac told St Lucia Times.