Hilaire: Greater Benefits To Saint Lucians More Important Than Tourism Numbers

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Tourism Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire has highlighted the need to continue transforming the important Saint Lucia tourism industry so that the people benefit more, asserting that while tourism figures are important, benefits to Saint Lucians are more so.

Hilaire recalled that when he became Tourism Minister, he had explained that he did not want to attend meetings and speak about numbers and how good those numbers were.

“The numbers in truth represent something but the more important thing is how we are transforming the industry to bring greater benefit to the people of Saint Lucia,” the Castries South MP said on Thursday as the Island’s Tourism Advisory Committee met.

“That fundamentally is the ultimate measurement of the success of the tourism industry,” Hilaire declared.

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He disclosed that although encouraged by others to go to the media and talk about ‘the numbers’ he did not feel motivated to comply if he could not also speak about how benefits are increasing.

“I really want to be able to speak about the transformational things,” he told the Tourism Advisory Committee meeting.

In this regard, the Minister said he was happy to speak about the Community Tourism Act and what it would mean for tourism.

He said he would also be happy to get a reaction to the Tourism Development Act, which he described as a monumental piece of legislation that would change how Saint Lucia manages the tourism industry.

“In many ways, that Act contains a framework that seeks to empower as many sectors as possible, as many persons as possible to benefit from the tourism industry,” the Minister stated.

In addition, Hilaire disclosed that he was happy with the tourism numbers.

“Things are blossoming and booming and it’s so tremendous,” he declared.

Nevertheless, Hilaire told his audience that he believes behind numbers, there’s a reality.

“We might be very happy with what we are seeing in terms of the numbers, but I always want to remind you for us to keep at the back of our minds how are we transforming this industry to make it more resilient, to make it more equitable, to make sure that the benefits actually accrue across the various sectors and is not coalescing around one particular sector,” the Tourism Minister observed.

Hilaire explained that those deeper, structural issues have greater importance as far as he was concerned.

Headline photo: Dr. Ernest Hilaire (Stock image)

 

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10 COMMENTS

  1. @Ant. You sound like one of those who gloat in the spoils of colonialism. You are the reverse of Robin Hood. A fellow Lucian make up the cabinet of ministers just hear how to refer to them.
    It looks like you f*&%@$s are still hurting at the lost of outright corruption.

  2. The strategy is just what we need to benefit all. The naysayers can’t believe it. Too good to be true. It’s a master plan in my book. We all need to eat.

  3. It takes one with a Phd to come here with all this verbiage thinking that everyone else is so stupid, that he can drown you with all this talk; Hitaire you are a waste of time, and you ought to be ashamed of your self living high on tax payers salary, doing nada just talk. There is a place for people like you – the unemployment line – that too will soon come. Lord have mercy.

  4. Did i completely miss something from the article or there is actually nothing???
    you are the minister of tourism and you do not feel motivated to go out and talk about the numbers???

    “In many ways, that Act contains a framework that seeks to empower as many sectors as possible, as many persons as possible to benefit from the tourism industry,” what exactly is that???
    You always want to remind us to keep at the back of our minds how are we transforming this industry to make it more resilient, to make it more equitable, to make sure that the benefits actually accrue across the various sectors and is not coalescing around one particular sector,” like example ????

    There you go again these politicians are just telling us what they think we want to hear Please stop taking the Lucian people for idiots we all know who will benefit from your plans

    • You hit the nail on the head HN. Tourism is a fickle industry. The average St Lucian is NOT equipped to deal with, arrange with, supply with, Tourism!! Tourism is the modern colonialisation in “investment” clothing!! We are NOT fooled.

      At the same time, St Lucia has too many wasted resources which could be made into viable industries for most St Lucians to deal in.

      • BS baffles brains.
        This has been the kind of obfuscation that characterizes these mismanagers. The reality is that this SLP has been completely incapable of managing any aspect of the St Lucian economy whenever they have been in power.
        Hillaire now tries some deflection by attempting to separate ‘numbers’ from benefits. The reality is they go hand in hand. But this is the type of stupidity they substitute for management and leadership.
        After 1 year in power we cannot name anything they have accomplished that matches their promises and rhetoric while in opposition.
        I guarantee that with these devious lot that there is a lot of mischief going on in the back rooms of power and nothing you see or hear from them is to be believed.
        And I still cannot get over the makeup of their cabinet from the dregs of St Lucian humanity.

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