Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has welcomed the choice of Saint Lucia as a venue for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup matches next year, asserting that the Island’s international exposure would be worth millions of dollars.
He disclosed that the contract terms include showcasing the country.
“We are excited,” Pierre told reporters on Monday.
He spoke on the margins of a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Pierre said there was a nexus between major sports events and money circulating in the economy.
“We expect every hotel room to be filled just as the jazz festival -the spillover effect,” the Prime Minister stated.
He expected visitors to arrive from far and wide.
However, Pierre cited the challenge of regional transportation as an issue that needed addressing.
He recalled being at the United Nations when he heard about Saint Lucia’s selection to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup matches in 2024.
The Saint Lucia matches will bowl off at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Beausejour, Gros Islet.
In addition to Saint Lucia, six other Caribbean countries will host the matches – Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, and St Vincent & The Grenadines.
Grand Prairie in Dallas, Broward County in Florida, and Nassau County in New York will also host the June 4 – 30, 2024 event.