The President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), Karolin Troubetzkoy, has expressed the hope that there will be a reduction in criminal activity here during 2016.
In her New Year message, Troubetzkoy, also expressed the hope that Saint Lucia will see an overhaul of judicial procedures, a fair and transparent regulatory system, heightened economic activity and increased employment opportunities.
She disclosed that she was saddened that the New Year started with the first murder of 2016.
The SLHTA President noted that the victim, Joseph Herman, was related to one of the resort team members at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain.
Troubetzkoy is Executive Director of the resort.
“My heart goes out to the Herman family. I sincerely hope that we will be able to instil in our future generations a greater respect for life,” she said in her message.
Troubetzkoy also mentioned the international and local press in her address, expressing the hope that in 2016, the international press will predominantly feature many “positive and wonderful stories” about Saint Lucia.
On the subject of the local press, she said:
“I wish that some of our local press will spend more time in 2016 to check the accuracy of their news stories before publishing them and be more sensitive to the damage which irresponsible reporting can do.”
The SLHTA President asserted that it was hard to comment on the IMPACS report and Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), without being thrown into the realm of politics.
“Let it suffice to say that on my list of New Year’s best wishes for Saint Lucia, I hope that the country’s reputation and integrity can be safeguarded and that civil society will be able to partake in this process,” she said.
Troubetzkoy recalled that In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.
“ It is my sincere hope for 2016, that our LGBT community in Saint Lucia, and in the region as a whole, can live more openly without fear of discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association,” she stated.
She also spoke about the vital tourism industry, saying that she hoped that this year will bring the long overdue opportunity to bring the private and public sector stakeholders to discuss the business of tourism as a whole.
Troubetzkoy indicated that the objective would be to come up with an effective tourism awareness and overall strategic tourism plan, to create and further develop a truly authentic and sustainable tourism destination that allows for maximum community participation.