Fedee: Tourism numbers paint a gloomy picture

Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee has said that the last figures received from the Saint Lucia Tourist Board  (SLTB) indicate that there is an overall decline of 11.7 percent.

Fedee told a news conference today that the statistics were very troublesome and worrisome to him as the new minister of tourism.

He asserted that the cruise arrivals paint an even more “frightening” picture.

According to the minister, the cruise numbers have not improved from their earlier signs of dwindling.

“The cruise arrivals are coming in at a decline of 16.2 percent when compared to last year,” Fedee explained.

He said that the numbers from stay over arrivals were also not so encouraging – a slight decline of 1.1 percent.

The minister said no figures had been received for the yachting sector.

He asserted that this pointed to the fact that after several years of being a yachting destination, there was no perfect, scientific and clinic method of receiving figures  pertaining to that most important sector.

Fedee asserted that state of the tourism industry could be attributed to the fact that  tourism industry development act of 1982, which governs the structure of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, has gone through little amendment and restructuring.

He made the comments while introducing the new board of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), which he announced would be charged with the responsibility of  transitioning the  SLTB from being just a marketing and events arm, to a new Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.

The new Chairperson of the board is Agnes Francis, the first female to hold that position.

Francis was also the first ever female Director of Tourism.

Speaking of the transition from the SLTB to a Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Fedee said:

“The new authority will couple the very important functions of marketing marketing and the function of product development so that there is  a close relationshi,p so that the right hand will know what the left hand is doing at all times.”

Fedee said tourism has to be the driving force to  help Saint Lucia recover from the economic crunch that the Island faces presently.

He stated that Saint Lucia’s GDP figures have not been impressive over the last five year and the fiscal situation was very dire.

“When I looked at the  last estimates they showed that recurrent expenditure is  over a hundred million dollars  and the overall deficit was even more frightening,” Fedee disclosed.

He explained that he estimated that tourism has to grow by ten percent for the next seven to eight years if it is to be claimed that the sector is the driving force of the economy to help Saint Lucia out of the current crisis.

According to Fedee, although the times were tough, it was not a time to be daunted by the challenges but to summon a new spirit of  working together.




  1. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Things are so hard but you all want to remove VAT!

    1. Anonymous
      July 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Does not make much sense, does it?

  2. Sad-But-True
    July 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Lol..I am NOT surprised at All. It’s an Indication of the Contempt that the Tourist “Dollar,” views this SHAM OF CABINET that is now slowly sucking the LIFE OFF EVERYTHING IT TOUCHES.

  3. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Yes we want vat to go. Is it your new Savior. We don’t want vat

  4. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Fix it please….that’s why they put you there…get to work

  5. boug foo
    July 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    This is because Cuba just opened their doors to tourist so it best yall put christmas tree lights around the pitons for them to look attractive and while y’all at it blame Allen cuz he white and we lucians racist

  6. Love
    July 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    With every thing taking place in Europe,and elections coming up soon in the stares that should be expected. But it is important for our government to invest more in agriculture to help our people with the food feed themselves. There is something very important I have to say where marketing board is concern. But all in due time.

  7. Anonymous
    July 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Man go and serve butch at the head table in the restaurant very soon u will be out of power

  8. Anonymous
    July 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

    lol he does look like a butler to Butch and Allen.

  9. Anonymous
    July 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Sounds like someone is trying to paint a rainy picture, so when the next set of sunny statistics come out they will look like our savior.

    Please prove me wrong…………