Tourism Minister, Lorne Theophilus, has echoed the concerns of vendors about crimes committed against visitors to Saint Lucia, especially in the capital.
“We are always concerned about instances of crime,” Theophilus told the Times.
Vendors at the Castries Market have complained that because of what they describe as daily attacks on tourists in the City, their business is being affected because Cruise Ships are advising their passengers not to disembark.
However Theophilus has said that he does not think that crime is what is affecting the business of the vendors, adding that the vendors themselves have to play a role in protecting their product.
“What I would like to encourage the vendors to do is to ensure that because of the position of Saint Lucia, where we are in terms of the archipelago , they themselves provide to the visitors offerings that are unique, things that are uniquely Saint Lucian and differentiate us from the other markets,” the Minister asserted.