US Ambassador sounds tourism caution

Asserting that she has lived in the Caribbean and travelled the region, United States Ambassador to Barbados and the eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela has told reporters here that it is very easy to build hotels.

However the US diplomat expressed the opinion that if the region wants repeat visitors and people to invest, they have to be provided with the appropriate infrastructure.

Taglialatela spoke of the need to work on roads and schools so that there is a large number of young individuals  who have skills and can be employed in industry, being able to deal with the fluctuations in tourism.

“A long time ago I believed – you know my mother used to say: ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ and I truly believe that, because tourism is very fluctuating,” she explained.

According to the US Ambassador, there can be good and not so good years for tourism.

“So there have to be other things that you rely on and I think that providing people with other opportunities outside of tourism – I am not saying you can’t rely heavily on tourism, but I think there needs to be other avenues out there for people to turn to,” Taglialatela said.



  1. 798798798
    April 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Couldn’t agree more!

    1. Anonymous
      April 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm


  2. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Did we really need this lady to state the obvious to us?

    1. Jam
      April 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Yes, she is WHITE so she is RIGHT!

      1. Olutoye
        April 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        What the hell does her colour have to do with it?

      2. Anon1
        April 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm

        Everything when comes to Lucia!

      3. Anon1
        April 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        Lol lol lol bloody hilarious and so RIGHT!

        I see some can’t see the sarcasm or irony in that comment.

  3. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Sound advice

  4. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    The problem is not tourism per say..the problem is the management of the tourism industry which is giving away too much in incentives to foreign hotel investors while the natives have to foot the bill to care for the infrastructure…..abolish incentives..

    1. Anonymous
      April 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Yes this is true

    2. Anon1
      April 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      That’s part of the problem yes, but not the main.

  5. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    We need to ensure that we prepare our young people for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics if we want to diversify our economy.
    Having endless non-technical professionals like lawyers, accountants, bankers and politicians will not develop this economy but will leave us at the mercy of consultants and investors.

    1. Anonymous
      April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      They need to focus more on entrepreneurship. The world is trending towards startups.
      The entrepreneurial mindset should be taught at schools.
      Also St.Lucia needs to really introduce technical and vocational schools.

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