Vendors Association President not surprised by bleak tourism figures

Vendors Association President not surprised by bleak tourism figures

Asserting that he was not surprised by a bleak tourism picture that was painted recently by new Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee, the President of the Vendors Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac has suggested that the former government may have downplayed the gloomy state of the nation’s main foreign exchange earner.

“We had problems but we were still hearing that the figures were up,” Isaac told the Times.

He said now that Fedee was giving the “true” picture, he is not entirely surprised.

According to the Vendors Association President, even when it was being asserted that there was an increase in the cruise ship sector, things were not very nice.

“As I said some time ago the only thing that was looking up in terms of our market was the American market,”Isaac recalled.

He said the former administration was being very “economical” with the tourism information.

He recounted that when he came out with “reliable” information that Norwegian cruise lines was pulling out, no one wanted the information to be published as news.

“It was thought that it was not true,” Isaac asserted.

He disclosed that the current state of tourism is having a negative effect on vendors.

According to Isaac, even though many people may be going on cruises it does not mean that they have a lot of disposable income.

Nevertheless, he told the Times that he was optimistic that there would be a change in the fortunes of the local tourism industry.

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

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

He cited  a decline of 16.2 percent when compared to last year, adding that the numbers from stay over arrivals were also not so encouraging – a slight decline of 1.1 percent.

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 30, 2016 at 10:12 pm Reply

    Mr Minister you need to stop complaining and set yourself to work. You seem still in campaign mode man. Cry baby.

  2. Anonymous
    July 30, 2016 at 11:33 pm Reply

    Maybe tourists don’t want to buy overpriced “made in China” crap?

    1. Anonymous
      July 31, 2016 at 3:31 am Reply

      Lol

  3. Anonymous
    July 31, 2016 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Why don’t thus sad but true guy find a job everything is politics for this nitwit

    1. ex bigot
      July 31, 2016 at 5:35 pm Reply

      LOL, he should change his name to Idiot-by-choice

    2. True But Sad
      August 1, 2016 at 7:45 am Reply

      It’s obvious. Kenny Anthony quit so he could become a full time online troll . He’s at home and bored for the first time so he’s occupying himself

      1. Sad-But-True
        August 1, 2016 at 8:32 am Reply

        And one wonders why your Bastard Children grow up shooting up the place and Killing everyone. It begins with Unprincipled people like you who show lack of respect to even a former PM of a Nation. In some countries, people are killed for being disrespectful to persons in Authourity.

        1. Anonymous
          August 2, 2016 at 11:19 am Reply

          Lmaoooo!!!!! Are your feelings hurt?

          You really are a loose cannon. You need to start taking your bipolar medication and stay offline. Lol.

          And you’re one to talk about principles and respect. For all the inflammatory things you post, you should be strung up in the Derek Walcott Square and let a very long line of Lucians have a good ole time with you.

  4. KENT Gasp
    August 1, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply

    In the Hospitality Industry…..a fickly industry at best.. what , how can one make it ??
    we seem to forget that a family planning a vacation, A: has lots of destinations to choose from. B: a travel agent can do so much , but Ultimately it is the decision of the Vacationer . C: so it comes down too how , where and when to we market the Island ?D: who when and how are we combating the negative articles circulating the net ?
    Now my Looshuns friends The minister nor the Tourist board can increase the Tourist figures ….unless they do things that reaches persons at their home directly. how you ask ,,well I am not a technocrat they are , that’s why they are where they are .

  5. The Wild Rover
    August 3, 2016 at 10:54 am Reply

    As someone who visited and loved St Lucia, I am sad to hear that the main money earning venture isn’t doing as well. I do agree with a couple of the comments on here as well, we stayed at one of the resorts and took a day trip into Castries to the duty free area to be greeted with the same sort of stuff you can find at any tourist trap from Wakiki or the Florida Keys. We did however walk to the market and ended up buying a ton of really good local stuff. Long story short, in my personal experience I would have really liked to see some more of the history of St Lucia and experience more of the actual vibe of the island. Also, I think it might be worth exploring environmental tourism. There are a good number of people who travel just to experience the natural beauty of the location.

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