Hoteliers in Saint Lucia want a discussion with the new administration regarding the Island’s buggery law, with some hoteliers suggesting that the law to be repealed, tourism industry sources have told the Times.
One senior tourism official told the Times that unless the matter is addressed, it could have a devastating impact on the tourism industry here in the future.
“It could lead to a mass rejection of what we have to offer,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.
One source told the Times that LGBT tourists represent a huge demographic of big spenders.
According to the source, when LGBT people go shopping, even homophobic individuals may have no problem accepting their money.
“What they do in privacy is their business,” the source declared.
The individual told the Times that some hotels here have held conferences and functions for gays and have reported substantial returns from the events.
According to the official, since the LBGT tourists are an already huge demographic, their influence is expanded when one considers that they have sympathetic relatives and friends.
The source described Saint Lucia’s buggery law as “archaic” and having been adopted from Britain which has long abandoned the legislation.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Saint Lucia.
A person who commits buggery with force and without consent is liable on conviction to life imprisonment and imprisonment of ten years in any other case.
Prime Minister, Allen Chastenet, is reported to have been written to about a meeting to discuss fourteen matters of interest to local hoteliers.
One of the matters pertains to respecting people’s liberties under conventions upheld by the United Nations.
Hoteliers seeking the meeting want to discuss respecting minorities including the LBGT persons whom they have said are marginalized.