Wednesday, August 17, 2022

CARICOM Heads Act On Saint Lucia’s Tourism Policy Proposal

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have welcomed a proposal from Saint Lucia for the creation of a joint tourism policy and have set up a working group to formulate it.

The working group will report by December 31, 2020, according to a communique issued after the 41st regular meeting of CARICOM leaders.

The meting was held virtually on October 29.

The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr.  Ralph Gonsalves served as chairman.

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Th conference communique said leaders noted that over the past seven months, CARICOM Member States have seen an unprecedented decline in tourist arrivals brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The leaders  further noted that several Member States were still recovering from the devastating hurricanes of 2017 and 2019, a situation further compounded by the effects of the pandemic.

“Heads of Government recognised that the resulting reduction in tourism-related tax revenues and the implementation of needed COVID-19 containment, economic and social support mechanisms had placed unparalleled financial demands on Governments across the Community,” the communique stated.

“Heads of Government recognised the critical importance of rebuilding the tourism industry and, in that regard, welcomed a proposal by the Government of Saint Lucia for the preparation of a Joint Tourism Policy. They agreed to a Working Group to formulate the policy and report to the Conference by December 31, 2020,” according to the document.

It said  given the urgency of the matter, Heads of Government also agreed that a Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee (PMSC) on Tourism be established to provide political oversight for the preparation of the Joint Tourism Policy and other related issues.

The Prime Minister of The Bahamas, as the Lead Head of Government for Tourism in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet, will preside over the Sub-Committee which will include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica and Saint Lucia.

Headline photo caption: Cruise ship passengers on the beach at Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia (March 12, 2019)

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