SLTB: Government cites tough choices for progress

SLTB: Government cites tough choices for progress

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board  (SLTB) has asserted that the  government of Saint Lucia recognizes that difficult choices must be made for progress to occur.

The assertion was made in an SLTB statement.

It  was issued against the backdrop of concerns about the future of over sixty staff members as the body transitions to a Tourism Authority.

Just yesterday the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association  announced that it had written to the Chairperson of the SLTB seeking clarification on the issue.

Some twenty-eight staff members are represented by the CSA.

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, in an interview with the Times,  expressed concern about the fate of the employees.

The SLTB has said however that the underlying intent is to go about the transition to the Tourism Authority  in a humane and transparent way, with the greatest respect for and fairness to staff.

“Above all, the Government of Saint Lucia stands steadfast in ensuring that the business of the industry will go on during this transition,” the SLTB statement said.

It stated that the process will strengthen and grow the destination whose future is inextricably tied to the tourism industry.

According to the SLTB, following the resignations of the Director and Deputy Director of the organization, Minister of Tourism, Dominic Fedee, has announced that the current Chairperson of the Board, Agnes Francis, will assume the role of Executive Chairperson while the organization transitions to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and recruits new leadership.

“Thus far, the Executive Chair is being ably assisted by the remaining staff who have given their fullest support and are able to maintain normal operations,” the SLTB statement observed.

It said with the interest of Saint Lucia’s tourism industry as a top priority, the appointment of Francis is intended to allow for a smooth transition and continuity in the operations of the SLTB including the committed marketing programs, relationships with stakeholders and the execution of ongoing events such as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).

 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply

    A cleanup of that SLTB has been long overdue. It has been a money pit that has been stifling the country for too long with certain people enjoying its largesse year after year. Same old faces were smiling as if it was their private piggy bank. Good riddance to some of them in that friends and family club.

    1. Anonymous
      November 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm Reply

      Smh at some inconsiderate people like yourself. You are only thinking about those at the top of the food chain, what about the line staff that actually making civil servant salaries? What about their spouses, children, bills, etc? Not because someone talking (Word removed) because their party in power and want to push their own agenda you have to hop on the bandwagon.

      1. Anonymous
        November 12, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply

        No, you are the one with not enough vision. The reason that those people are in that situation is because when money was supposed to get to them out was stifled from the top. Those people stealing money did not think about everyone else you mentioned. And now that they’re gone everyone can be paid fairly. It has nothing to do with politics and who is in power at this point. Just common sense. So stop making this about stupid parties and start making it about the people of saint Lucia you claim to be defending

  2. T
    November 11, 2016 at 11:44 am Reply

    I totally agree .. good riddance to this family club. Look at the vehicles some of them were driving largely at the expense of his tax payers. I could call out them names.. avetay these ppl

  3. T
    November 11, 2016 at 11:45 am Reply

    the Taxpayers* , their names*

  4. Poule Vent
    November 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm Reply

    SLASPA needs a clean up too

  5. Donna
    November 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm Reply

    The same family and friends club have now joined UWP because they felt that they were not getting enough from the other side.
    Don’t be fooled.
    Go check before you talk.
    Nothing new will happen.

    1. Anonymous
      November 12, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply

      You make a claim here with no evidence to back it up. Maybe the poster DID check and he wasn’t able to find anything. I assume since you’re saying it then you have some information that we are not privy to. Love examples of these people who you claim moved over. If so then why not say it and tell everyone. Give an example. Otherwise shut up and stop stealing oxygen from people who need it

  6. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Something needed to be done to dismantle this club. They were really sucking the blood out of St. Lucia.

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