Former Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has lamented what he described as ‘significant declines’ in the Saint Lucia tourism industry and what he said was the worst low season he has ever seen.
“Our airlift is in a mess. The season is the worst I have ever seen in a low season. I have never seen the economic contraction,” the former Anse La Raye MP declared.
Fedee spoke Wednesday in concluding remarks to an opposition United Workers Party (UWP) press conference marking World Tourism Day.
“Right now, the UK market is down twenty percent. The US market – the last report I saw for July suggests the US market is down by thirty-four percent,” the former Minister stated.
“These are significant declines in terms of the output of our industry,” he asserted.
He told the press conference if the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority data suggest Saint Lucia’s two main markets are down overall in double digits, it spells trouble.
Fedee said it was time for the tourism industry and policymakers to return to the drawing board.
He indicated that the objective should be to examine what is needed and ensure Saint Lucia perfects and maximises opportunities from traditional markets.
The former MP explained that the US and UK markets are essential.
In addition, he declared that Saint Lucia must address the airlift situation, presenting a comprehensive strategy to the airlines for growth, inclusiveness and prosperity.
“Show them that Saint Lucia is a destination of great opportunity for them to do business and for us to build a strong coalition for expansion for both our destination and their business,” Fedee observed.
He also spoke of the need to inspire young people to become more involved and change the services tourism offers.
“There are so many other services that we can offer the world as a tourism service destination,” Fedee stated.
“We have got to expand faster. We have got to buttress investment,” the former Tourism Minister pointed out.
Headline photo: Dominic Fedee (Stock image)