The Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association (SLHTA) has indicated that the local private sector would like ease in the current COVID-19 protocols.
“I think the greatest relief the private sector looks forward to right now is a cessation of the protocols that we have been having over the past few months,” Azeez, told reporters during an impromptu interview outside parliament.
The Independent Senator explained that this would allow the sector to operate in a more liberal environment.
He noted that Saint Lucia is getting visitors from source destinations opening up more and more every day.
As a result, Azeez said it is vital for Saint Lucia to position itself to be more competitive when compared to other destinations and offer guests an experience they have come to expect coming out of an environment that is a lot more relaxed.
At the same time, he recalled that the local private sector had requested continued adherence to public safety standards.
But Azeez observed that as an economy and a Small Island Developing State, he feels Saint Lucia has learned sufficiently from its experience with COVID-19 to position itself in a way that allows the country to coexist with the pandemic threat.