Fee Increase at Sulphur Springs & Nature Trail

Fee Increase at Sulphur Springs & Nature Trail

Press Release:-The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has formalized plans to increase entry fees at both of its premiere tourist attractions; the Sulphur Springs Park and Gros Piton Nature Trail, effective January 1st, 2017.

The new entrance fee at the Sulphur Springs Park will be pegged at US$15.00 inclusive of VAT and represent a full package experience.

Presently the sale of combination packages, guided tours and the “Black Water” pool bath are segregated under individually tailored price schedules, however, the new fee will be a consolidation of each experience and give patrons the flexibility of choosing any of the offerings at one rate.

Over the past seven months the SRDF has embarked on an extensive upgrade and enhancement of the facility with the primary focus on raising the general appeal and uniqueness for the attraction.

Additionally, visitor and staff safety, operational best practice and fair employee remuneration are constantly being reviewed to ensure that the organization is maximizing its performance and accomplishing its established business mandates.

Due to continually growing visitor demand, two additional pools will be constructed in tandem with a new nature trail that conjoins to the main existing pool and will be fully commissioned by December 31st, 2016.

 A huge challenge for the Sulphur Springs Park has been the consistent inadequacy of water due to supply; however, this is actively being addressed by increasing the park’s water storage capacity to ten thousand gallons with the installation of supplementary water tanks.

The park’s security profile is also being upgraded with the inclusion of closed-circuit television cameras and increased trained personnel. Notwithstanding, a male vendors arcade is being fully refurbished and commissioned to house the continued sale of local ornaments, arts and craft and other apparel.

In order to augment and facilitate easier access to the park, an additional cashier’s and security booth will be constructed to ease congestion and add an extra element of comfort to patrons, visitors and other stakeholders who frequent the site on a regular basis.

The organization’s projects team are also in the advance stage of working on the facilitation of additional lighting to accommodate the extension of business hours from 8:30 am to midnight.

According to Project’s Officer, Mr. Malcolm Mathurin,” the additional enhancements to this amazing site will only serve to create a more welcoming atmosphere for our patrons and guests, the additional pools and other upgraded services will continue make this site the envy of other ecotourism attractions in the region and beyond.”

Meanwhile at the Gros Piton Nature Trail the new entrance fee will be pegged at US$50.00 inclusive of VAT and cover the customary and recently upgraded services offered to patrons and other stakeholders.

During the months of July through to November the SRDF convened a number of staff certification programs in order to develop the capacity and competence of the operation’s human resource capital.

A number of structural interventions have also been carried out, including: the construction of a new parking lot and wooden railings on the nature trail to the summit of the piton peak, upgraded bathroom amenities and road renovations for ease of access to the site.

The organization is also currently in the process of constructing a new administrative office in order to fully maximize the existing reception office as a functional interpretation centre with state of the art equipment including audiovisual and passive interpretation aids.

In a ground breaking initiative, a new climb experience dubbed “Splash and Hike” will see the formal opening of an additional entrance to the nature trail through the Anse L’Ivorgne Beach on December 1st, 2016.

The hike experience which begins at sea level affords visitors the option of accessing the site via boat, maximizing the tour’s full adventure potential. As a direct result of this, the organization has been able to create more employment and other job opportunities for persons residing within the local community.

“Staff continually express gratitude for the upgraded services and have pledged their full commitment in ensuring that they give professional and uncompromised service to visitors, all the more come January 2017 on implementation of the new entrance fee,” said Ms. Rosan Wilfred, Gros Piton Nature Trail Supervisor.

“It is the commitment of the Board of Directors and management to fully capitalize on the in exhaustive potential that lies in the Sulphur Springs Park and Gros Piton Nature Trail, the strategic and careful management of these sites will ultimately redound to huge economic gains not only for Soufriere but the county as whole, revenue generated from our operational sites are reintroduced into the local economy and form the fiscal backbone for a number of our socioeconomic projects like our scholarship and bursary program which has aided a total of two hundred families for this year, medical relief assistance and community development undertakings, “stated Mr. Jimmy Haynes, Executive Director of the SRDF.

The Soufriere Foundation is a non-profit company located in Soufriere. Its mandate is to undertake social, cultural, human resource, tourism and infrastructure development in the Soufriere area.  

The organization which was established in 1993 generates revenues from its operational sites: the Sulphur Springs Park, Gros Piton Nature Trail, Comfort Center, Soufriere jetties and 88.5 Soufriere FM.

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13 Comments

  1. Tracey
    November 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Chastanet is a dog

    1. Worker
      November 21, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply

      N u the female version I presume

      1. Anonymous
        November 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply

        Oh yes the man is a dog

        1. Anonymous
          November 21, 2016 at 8:37 pm Reply

          Takes one to know one!

  2. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply

    Jimmy Haynes who owns the Gros Piton train? Tell Saint Lucia more about the foreigner who have interest in that trail. Does the SRDF has any knowledge of this investor. Enqiring minds want to know.

  3. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm Reply

    And what about price for locals?

  4. Operator
    November 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm Reply

    There should be separate prices for guided tour and mud bath

  5. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 8:18 pm Reply

    What a rip-off Con men on the loose.

  6. Twaka Partis
    November 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm Reply

    Non profit organization they say.
    Where’s the money going Jim boy?
    Our boy if its these rates is there a SLU citizen fee?
    Or do I have to pay 45 EC to go to the sulphur springs. last I remember of the sulphur springs was real natural not all those concrete pools. But change is good. Been there ages ago.

    The Trail what upgrades my darling…tell me nuh …show me nuh.. please …
    Give us some transparency…take videos and show me what it looks like now put it on the news show me the upgrades …

    Show me the rest points what upgrades you did there?
    Are there medics available near the trails especially for days when idk cruise ship passenger flock there?
    Infact hold up do the cruise ship passengers come to this area…would it be nice tho if they went to this place and learnt l’histoire.

    Also lets not detract from Soufriere according them the cultural capital? (Soufriere is beautiful and rich in culture but why you hiding Choiseul and leaving the roads past the main town in such disarray…
    Why you forget Dennery and ANSE LA RAYE ( all parts my dear not just the village)
    Castries the prehistoric buildings are crumpling…

    No lets talk about these sick roads tho…whats up with those …
    Plant nuff dasheen on that road and it will flourish…
    Tell me honestly how many times does the Millennium Rollacoster Ride have to be maintained only to remain bumpy as….
    The ‘ farm roads’ ….the ‘ bridges’ The flooding situation near a gap in the odsan flat.. I mean really every blessed day water sleeps there…
    Somebody say Maygweh!! somebody say malpoptay…
    Aventay tun … mah fache…mweh just concern.
    schools …resources, upgrades,
    hotels…no problems?
    police stations …all are comfy? you sure

    Yours truly
    twaka partis

  7. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Are they seriously going to quote a local transaction in US $ for our local visits too…….they must be kidding me…..(Expression removed)

  8. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

    are these prices for tourists? Because 50 US is practically 150EC. Are we being told that this is no longer for us. wtf

  9. No name
    November 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm Reply

    [REMOVED BY ADMIN] like really

  10. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm Reply

    What was the price before?

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