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.

 

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