Chastanet responds to Tourist Board resignations

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that the recent resignation of two top Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) officials was not a concern.

Tourist Board Director, Louis Lewis and Deputy Director of Tourism, Tracey Warner-Arnold both quit their posts.

The Times which broke the story, quoted sources as saying that there was a level of disquiet at the Tourist Board that prompted the resignations.

“I think everybody recognizes we are in the process of change and unfortunately some times that change, some people can embrace it and some people can’t,” the Prime Minister said when asked by the Times about the resignations.

Chastanet said while in opposition his United Workers Party (UWP) had announced for a long time a move to the creation of a Tourism Authority.

He thanked Lewis and Warner-Arnold for the work they have done and wished them the best in their careers.

“They only deserve the best,” the former Tourism Minister stated.

But he said there was need to move on.

Chastanet disclosed that he was working with tourism officials here to seek to turn around the Island’s numbers as quickly as possible.

He thanked current Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee for the work he is doing in this regard.

“He has been relentless in terms of the things he has been doing with the cruise lines, the hotels, the restaurants -to bring this engine of growth back into play,” Chastanet said.

Tracy Warner-Arnold’s resignation takes effect at the end of November, whereas Louis Lewis’ tenure will come to an end in January 2017, the Times has been informed.

Lewis served for 9 years at the Tourist Board.

Neither Lewis nor Warner-Arnold has spoken publicly about their decision to call it quits.

Tourism has for many years, been  Saint Lucia’s main foreign exchange earner.

Allen Chastanet was Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation and a member of the Saint Lucia Senate from 2006 to 2011.



  1. Sad-But-True
    November 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Lmbao.. This albino devil has no clue what It is doing. Even this albino devil was appointed minister for tourism, the beast did nothing, and added no value to the tourism product. But now It knows?
    Nice.. You are on your way out, beast.

    1. Lucian Patriot
      November 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

      You my dear, can start wars with your tongue, we as a nation should never be racist when we’re void of positive influence, we have too much to lose as a small nation, the topic being discussed is the effiency of bringing in more devil’s for our economic benefit. you’re obviously painted in red, in the animal/beast world it means danger, my instinct is to ignore the opportunity you’ve wasted and the dangers you that you’re promoting. Drop your frustrations contribute opinions that aren’t personal as we’re all in this together.

  2. Anon
    November 4, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    On a point of correction, dominic fedee is NOT the Tourism Minister. He is a minister in the prime minister’s office in charge of tourism. Unfortunately, there is NO ministry of tourism either.

  3. John Williams
    November 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Chastenet is experimenting like a coach in 5th Division whose team is the bottom. His little experimentation could only drag SLU into the pit. If we are to judge by his past performance, he definitely is not a boy wonder. Poor St. Lucia. Successful employees cut loose…never a sign of great management.

  4. Afan
    November 5, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Lol let the dude roll out his policy, its his mandate to do so, i will reserve judgement for a later date….i will say however that if someone is at a post for an extended period of time then they definitely have a role in the state of affairs whether good or bad. Some of the so called good employees are the very ones who have overseen a declining and ever poorer st lucia, so its hard to convince me that they are part of the solution

    1. Anonymous
      November 5, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Lol lol so true!! Afan …. we must make adjustments and changes to move ahead if something is failing why continue to do the same. Change is needed. Thats why I agree … Sometimes we all want to run the ship as we see fit and others want to play hide and seek.

    2. Lucian Patriot
      November 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

      As we should expect from any leadership, old new or inexperienced, if its not working it needs fixing, assist with the revised approach or agree to disagree. Disagree they have, no one likes to see their long term work dismantled, unfortunately emotional thinking is surpassed by logic… it needs fixing

    3. Anonymous
      November 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

      So true!

  5. Ginny Cenac
    November 5, 2016 at 8:29 am

    There is a lady named Allison in Toronto doing a great job assisted by Lana. Just thought it is neessary to mention their efforts.

  6. kayla
    November 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    The tourism office in the Atl. Folks here making a ton of money, big house, big car, etc. Office always close. Check on that Allen Chastanet.

    1. Kaylaaaaaaaaa too
      November 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Ignorance is so common these days. When you don’t know how something works, learn to be quiet. Your green is showing.

    2. Kaylaaaaa three
      November 10, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Your comment sounds a bit like jealousy whoever you are.. Stick to what you know.. Maybe you want the ATL office position.. You guys just like to sit and beat you’ll @$$…

  7. An Angel sent
    November 6, 2016 at 7:59 am

    ok let us wait and see just what the Dominicans can do for us. Shamful that we have to go oversees across the water a few miles to fix our only industry let us see We are waiting God bless.

  8. Anonymous
    November 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Chastenant is pulling a hilary. Rich ppl that travel so cahrge them more.

  9. L Clarke
    November 10, 2016 at 1:57 am

    As far as l can see the new Prime Minister of St Lucia is doing a great job on behalf of St Lucian people. St Lucia is a small island in the Caribbean her resources are every poor. There is barely any work for the population to do and why is the cost of living so high? God bless the man he has sent to reduce the cost of living in St Lucia.

  10. L Clarke
    November 10, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I hope a New good beginning start in St Lucia.

  11. John
    November 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm


  12. Kayla4
    November 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Happy Thursday 11/10/2016 everyone,
    I am a little offended at the comment made by Kayla. Kayla do you live in Atlanta? Do you even know or understand the duties of the well educated Atlanta Rep? I know the Atlanta Rep personally and she is a very hard worker. She takes care of her designated States and works very hard. Have u ever been to any of her presentations. Well I have. So if you don’t know the facts please sit in a corner with your fingers on your lips with your eyes closed. It is people like you who try to trash people by useless verbiage. And regarding her big house, are you jealous. Get your big house too Hun. She works hard for everything she got and has an honest living. Don’t be a hater. I’m sorry the Tourist Board’s main folks resigned, but I trust the new department heads will get the correct team of people to continue educating the world on our beautiful island. And with her Masters Degree she will flourish. And this is a fact. Good evening everyone and thank you for your time.

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