Vendors at the Vendors Arcade in Castries have been complaining about less than average sales so far this Christmas season.
“I can see lots of people but where is the money?” Marilyn Lubin told the Times.
She said tourists walk around the arcade but hesitate to spend their money.
“I have not seen anything good for Christmas; I don’t know for later,” Lubin stated.
According to her,last year was a bit better.
Lubin,aka ‘Star’, recalled that one visitor from Puerto Rico had explained that some tourists from the United States are merely cautious about spending until they determine the direction in which their country will be heading under a new President in the form of Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated next month.
Another vendor, Cynthia Marcel, agreed with Lubin that the season has been very slow.
“The season is supposed to be open for tourists but we hardly see the people – the ships are there, but you hardly see people coming to purchase anything,” Marcel explained.
“To me last year was a little better,” she told the Times.
Marcel observed that it was close to December 25, 2016 and nothing much has been happening.
“Everybody is watching their dollar,” Marcel asserted.
Priscilla Augusta told the Times that tourists seemed to be holding back for reasons unknown to her.
“I don’t think it is better this year because it is almost the 25th of December and you are not seeing sales – look how the place is empty; you are not even seeing the tourists,” Augusta observed.
She said although the cruise ships are in the harbour, few tourists are visiting the arcade.
Augusta explained that the tourists who visit appear to be older retired individuals who tell the vendors that they are merely strolling through.