Tourism Minister, Lorne Theophilus, has condemned as “dangerous and reckless”, statements by some industry players which he asserted maliciously try to paint the destination as unsafe for locals and visitors.
“Such irresponsible and blanket statements jeopardize and erode several of the gains and strides made within the tourism industry, especially over the past three years,” Theophilus declared.
According to the Minister, the gains are reflected in outstanding arrival and stay over figures in both land based tourism and the cruise sector.
Theophilus, who has been attending the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) meeting in Mexico, has been having negotiations with several major cruise lines there and their willingness to continue making Saint Lucia a preferred destination of choice.
Just recently the President of the Vendors Association, Peter “Ras Ipa” Isaac, in an interview with the Times, had expressed concern about criminal attacks on visitors and locals and had urged the authorities to urgently address the situation.