Fedee promises more generous tourism incentives

Fedee promises more generous tourism incentives

Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee, told the official opening ceremony last night of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa that more generous tourism incentives are in the pipeline.

He observed that the Royalton had arrived in Saint Lucia at a time when the the government is taking a careful look at incentives legislation.

“I am sorry to tell you that you are going to miss even more generous incentives,” Fedee said.

He explained that the next level of investment will not only incentivise investment, but ensure that Saint Lucia also has  very viable and sustainable tourism products.

“For this new government failed projects are a no-no,” Fedee declared, adding that the government wants to create the best business environment for the tourism industry to thrive.

He urged the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa to expand by building more rooms.

“We want to encourage you to don’t stop there but continue – do more,” he told Royalton officials last night.

Fedee said he had noticed that there was still some extra land.

“The place is not filled as yet – so please, build some more rooms, we need some more accommodation so that we can drive economic growth and create more employment in this country,” the minister urged.

He explained that Royalton has come here at a time when Saint Lucia is in the process of transition in the tourism sector – from  a tourist board to a tourism authority.

Fedee said the move would depoliticise the marketing arm of the tourism industry and  give the private sector a bigger place at the table.

He stated that this would result in greater collaboration between the government and its strongest ally, the private sector as they move forward to market the tourism industry.

According to the minister,  this country’s biggest tourism problem now is that the room stock is mostly five star.

The minister told his audience, which included Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and other government officials, that as a result, the rooms attract a higher price.

But he asserted that it was a ‘good problem’ for Saint Lucia.

“Saint Lucia has now graduated to a five star product and a five star destination and Royalton has complemented that well and further cemented that,” Fedee declared.

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11 Comments

  1. Lincoln
    March 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply

    I think the picture in this article speak volumes. You can basically tell who is in the know when it comes to this industry. Us St. Lucian only get the dismal crumps that flows from the excess of this group. Everything else goes to the owners of this industry….won’t be at all surprise if one has to check and see that a lot of the profits from this group ends up somewhere else.

    1. Anonymous
      March 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Just know slavery never ended. We are at the beck and call of our colonial masters.

    2. Anonymous
      March 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply

      More incentives !!!!!!!! Well, well,can you please tell me when will the treasury ever have money to pay the bills for the citizens?????? Are we not tired of just giving the country income just for a few jobs ????

  2. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply

    For Heaven’s sake – emancipate your damn selves from mental slavery dammit. Its the same old song and dance that you have to offer every time. If you want the best meats, then get up and take it! Sit and keep whining and you will feast on crumbs your whole bloody life! Sacre ble

    1. Anonymous
      March 29, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply

      Finally someone with a shred of intellect “Anonymous above”, All St. Lucians are good for is whine why everything isn’t given free! Get up get to work and earn what’s yours, otherwise you’ll continue to want and you’ll continue to snivel at the feet of your masah’s. There’s opportunity here, go out and grab it! Get motivated. This project means jobs. Go get one!

  3. y
    March 25, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply

    He don’t have to tell.them build more cause they already said they were building more .. they already started clearing to build more rooms

  4. Relentless
    March 26, 2017 at 7:39 am Reply

    While you’re at it Mr minister? Practically begging a hotel to build more rooms, after they get all these incentives. Yall want to offer more? The government has no clue on how to run the country. Look at the crime rate. Look at the level of disaffection in this country. Taxes upon taxes, one dictatorial leader and his minions. This is a perfect chance for a vote of no confidence in this guavament. (Words deleted)

    1. Calvin
      March 26, 2017 at 2:13 pm Reply

      We live in a democracy.

      The election has happened. A majority voted for their choice of a government to lead this nation.

      It is interesting how naysayers, who may have voted for this government, now come out of the woodwork to decry it make blatantly laughable comparisons to dictatoships and so on.

      our democracy is a truly a great thing. it entrenches mecahnisms that allow voters to get involved in a number of ways depending on the strength of their convictions.

      The easy way is to, like a spectator at a parade, scream and shout whatever from the sidelines.

      The true signs of caring about one’s nation and collaboratively working together on building our successes and overcoming our challenges rest in, plainly stated, “Stepping Up.”

      What is “Stepping Up” in our democracy? It goes beyond pasting comments on a media web site. It involves being contructive. It involves being solution-oriented. It involves being collaborative. Further, it involves getting involved, be it:
      — Contacting or writing to one’s elected official or to the appropriate Cabinet Minister;
      — Getting involved in the community and either organizing or participating in multilateral community meetings involving both the general public and elected representatives, be they Councillors or elected reprentatives of the Government of St. Lucia;
      — Participating in, or organizing community initiatives to collaborate with government on common issues of interest, be it crime, economic development, or whatever else.
      — Becoming a community leader or volunteering to help improve, at a commmunity level, a problem issue. In your case. relentless, you identify the crime rate. What, personally, are you doing to help make it better by personally helping to ameliorate any one of the root causes? Reducing crime goes far, very far, beyond simply staffing up the RSLP, it involves all of us. Step up.
      — Showing the ultimate commitment and running for public office to represent one’s constituency, be it a local area, or a nation.

      Again, to be clear and succinct, “Step up”.

      p.s. Love your play on words re “guavament”. A government of guavas? LOL!

  5. Calvin
    March 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    The word “incentives”, used in this context, is a simplistically sexy code word for a nation, to write cheques that, in its current tenuous fiscal state, cannot reasonably expect to cash.

    Trade-offs will be made for development. They will not be palatable to everybody. there will be both proponents and detractors, and there will be a vigorous public debate. That’s the way it’s always been. It is highly doubtful that anyone does not feel that Rodney Bay is a tremendous component of st. Lucia in all aspects. That said, rewind to 1972, when Rodney Bay was an inland, mosquito-infested, literally, swamp. No one went there, nevermind trying to drive to Gros Islet at night and hope that the tide was out to be able to drive across the beach road. If that project was proposed now, there would be protests in the streets by those decrying he preservation of habitat, loss of a national treasure, the wanton destruction of legacy real estate that future generations of st. Lucians will forever unfairly lose to alleged robber-barren devlopers, and so on. Social media, had it existed at the time, would have been viral with doom-sayers. In this time and day, that development might not have ever taken place. But, it did. And look at it now. It has been of countless benefit, both direct and spin-off to all people of St. Lucia and has also, very significantly, help put us on the global map as a must-go destination. That is undeniable. Numbers speak, and they’re crystal clear, they really are.

    The concept of advancing our nation and all those who are a part of it through development and foreign participation is not deserving of a negative, reflex reaction too often often tainted by misperception, misinformation, lack of vision, and emotional bagagge.

    The business model is remarkably simple amd most everyone knows it. Revenues generated, for the most part, are never seen in SLU, save and except for the payroll for the unskilled labour required for maintenance, upkeep, and front-office hospitality purposes.

    Most tourst destinations of note in St. Lucia are owned by businesses that are not located in St. Lucia. The money paid for tourists from country X flows directly to the corporation in country Y. The resort sources an imports most everything from the design and construction phases through to operations (including most food, save and except for some garnish on the salad, and a coconut or mango type thing) from countries A, B, and C. Like it or not, it’s cheaper to procure and import fresh produce and other foods from Mexico, South America and in some cases, New Zealand (for example, cheese). Much of the flow of funds never even transits electronically through St. Lucia, nevermind benefiting the island in any way.

    This will not change. The primary mission of any business, be it in St. Lucia or anywhere else in the world is plain, intuitively logical, and undisputed — it is to grow shareholder value. There is nothing wrong with that.

    That’s reality. Plain and simple, like it or dislike it.

    Our nation’s challenge lies in working to balance that with results-based, measurable, and realistic growth of our human and economic capital with a lens maintained on sustainablity and innovation over a long-term planning horizon.

    Consultation, transparency, recognition and public discusssion of the issues of all side will benefit this process. As will compromise, which is most often a necessity when keeping an eye to the future.

  6. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Too bad none of these “incentives” postively affect tourism workers paychecks

  7. Anon1
    March 29, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply

    Yeah 100 years Tax exemption.

    Give yourselves a pat on the back.

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