SLHTA supports airline competition talks

The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), is supportive of discussion on regional airline competition.

SLHTA Executive Vice President, Noorani Azeez, told the Times that regional arrivals have a lot of potential.

In regard to Saint Lucia, he indicated that the region itself is a source market for this country, being the third largest market for arrivals.

Azeez disclosed that in making the market more accessible, a lot of players are interested in the discussion of competition in terms of increasing airlift to the destination.

“So we would be very interested in a discussion on how we could make airlift a lot more efficient, a lot more competitive not only in terms of pricing but also in terms of service,” he told the Times.

The SLHTA Executive Vice President said he was aware that a sizable part of the price of airline tickets comprises taxes for the government.

“While you don’t want to deprive the government of money for tax revenue, it is also important that you remain competitive as a destination,” Azeez asserted.

He told the Times that wherever there are an opportunities to increase competitiveness and have customer service delivered in a more timely and efficient manner, those opportunities should be discussed.



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