Saint Lucia’s Tourism Ministry is working diligently on introducing a groundbreaking Tourism Development Act to improve sector standards and expand the scope of projects eligible for fiscal incentives.
The Act would also broaden the range of incentives available.
The disclosures came from Tourism Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire on Wednesday in an address marking World Tourism Day.
“This bill will also make special provision for industry stakeholders committed to sustainable tourism practices,” the Castries South MP noted.
Those practices include responsible wastewater management, plastic use reduction, using alternative energy equipment, and reducing the carbon footprint.
Hilaire declared that the bill was not merely a legal framework.
“It signifies our unwavering commitment to building a greener, more resilient tourism sector,” the Minister explained.
“Our commitment extends beyond our borders as we actively explore opportunities with international partners to enhance our green initiatives,” Hilaire said.
He noted that by pooling resources and expertise, Saint Lucia could amplify the impact of its efforts and set an example in sustainable tourism for the world.
“Our commitment to sustainable tourism is not merely a policy but a pledge to future generations. It is a commitment to preserve the natural beauty of our nation, create prosperity for our people and lead the world in responsible tourism practices,” Hilaire asserted.