Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has hailed what he described as successful initial days pertaining to the opening of this country’s tourism sector.
The first international commercial flight since Saint Lucia reopened its borders touched down here last week
“We’ve had some 400 visitors so far, 134 returning nationals and some 143 passengers in transit – most to the Grenadine Islands,” the Tourism Minister told reporters Monday.
“I think that we have been very pleased with the fact that we’ve had 100 percent compliance from the guests,” Fedee stated.
According to the Minister, every single tourist has come in with a test.
“The locals – we have had a blend of home quarantine and institutional quarantine in some instances and we have made sure that we do everything we can to protect the people of Saint Lucia from the standpoint of opening our tourism industry,” Fedee asserted.
He said local authorities are aware that there is a risk.
But he expressed the view that in terms of the initial days of the opening, Saint Lucia has done a lot of tests on people that have come in that have shown symptoms, all of which tests have come back negative.
“The tests that we have done support the tests they have come in with,” Fedee explained.
Nevertheless the Minister revealed that of some 400 guests, local authorities are aware of three incidents in which the visitors did not obey the protocols to ensure that they stay on property.
He said he had an emergency meeting with the hotels Sunday.
“I, in no uncertain terms. indicated to those hotels that they have to do everything possible to ensure they assist the public agencies in ensuring guests abide by the protocol of staying on property and way from our communities,” according to the Tourism Minister.
“This is not the phase where we are encouraging community tourism, except for those instances where guests are on a planned, managed and safety controlled excursion, and we have approved a number of those activities which the CMO has indicated can be done in a very safe manner without posing any risk to the destination.”
Fedee gave the assurance that everything is being done to ensure that the people of Saint Lucia are safe.
He said that is the main priority.