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Hilaire Announces Another Record For Tourism Arrivals


Tourism Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire has announced that tourism arrivals for May reflect another month in which Saint Lucia broke the 2019 record.

Hilaire spoke ahead of Thursday’s Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, which will announce the May figures.

“It will show the arrival numbers far exceeding what we achieved last year and certainly the best year we have had on record is 2019 and we continue to top 2019,” the Minister told reporters on Tuesday.

He said Thursday’s TAC meeting would also announce projections for the rest of the year.
The Minister explained that Saint Lucia had recorded strong numbers for Carnival.

“It is almost impossible to get a hotel room now or a flight into Saint Lucia, even though we added new flights just for that period. So we are expecting Carnival to be the biggest Carnival that we have had, again topping 2019,” he stated.

PHOTO: File image of Dr. Hilaire speaking with reporters.


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  1. So sad, if only they knew……
    ‘Gimme dollar’ will be the only phrase they hear, accompanied by an outstretched hand. Tourist prices triple the local charge, don’t buy off street vendors they can smell the money in your wallet. Best advice, don’t leave the airport, turn round and get on the next plane out, you’re not missing anything. If you’re on a cruise ship, stay on board and drink at the bar, no need to trudge round that dirty, concrete s***thole that is Castries.

  2. While you boast about your tourism figures , government is slowly destroying their our livelihood which is: access to the beach , cost of living, now every property is selling in us dollars, air B and B all over the place.. everything is done in the name of tourism. There’s no agriculture sector.. the poor man really feels it …

  3. I am neither SLP nor UWP – however, if you politicians put the same emphasis in all other areas and initiatives as you do for JAZZ and CARNIVAL – your 238 square miles would be a much better place.


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