Over 400 Dominicans arrived here by ferry Monday for a one-day shopping trip organised by Saint Lucia authorities, the office of the Mayor of Castries has announced.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Castries Constituency Council (CCC), Wilfred Pierre, told reporters that the initiative is in keeping with the CCC’s vision of making Castries one of the best places to shop in the Caribbean.
Pierre explained that the visitors would be directed to various shopping areas in the Saint Lucia capital, including the Vendors Arcade.
“We don’t really realise that, but Castries has a lot of areas that that are better to shop than any part of the Caribbean,” the CCC official asserted.
He told reporters that the initiative was born out of discussions between Saint Lucia and Dominican officials.
“We are hoping that it will be a continuous process,” Pierre stated.
The President of the Vendors Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac however told St Lucia Times that he was unaware of the CCC initiative to have hundreds of Dominicans come here to shop.
Isaac also said that up to shortly before noon Monday, vendors in the arcade had not set sight on the Dominican visitors.
The Vendors Association official observed that the CCC habitually undertakes initiatives without consulting vendors.