In November 2021, Cabinet endorsed a request by the Ministry of Tourism, for a revision of the Tourism Incentives Act, Cap 15.30.
In order to fulfill this mandate, the Ministry conducted a series of consultations in March 2022, involving stakeholders from all subsectors in the tourism industry, to assess the legislative landscape for tourism development, as well as gather feedback to inform the draft Tourism Development Bill.
Based on the recommendations of the stakeholder consultations held in March 2022 and
benchmarking of tourism legislation in other regional and international jurisdictions and with regard to the unique needs of Saint Lucia’s Product and Service, the draft Tourism
Development Bill was prepared.
In light of this, the Ministry of Tourism is inviting public comment on the draft Tourism
The Bill will facilitate the inclusive, resilient and sustainable development of the tourism industry by providing for certification, special incentives, tax relief and exemptions for certified tourism service providers and other related matters.
The Bill recognizes the prominence of tourism in the social and economic fabric of the
country and, as such, seeks:
(i) To facilitate the dynamic and diversified nature of tourism industry, the
development of all tourism sub-sectors, and the growth and expansion of
tourism niche products and services;
(ii) To support inclusive development, i.e., by effectively engaging, involving and
making special provisions for local tourism investors and by the provision of
appropriate and equitable incentives;
(iii) To facilitate the ease of doing business in the tourism industry through the
provision of an efficient incentive application and approval process;
(iv) To promote quality standards for tourism products and services, including
consistent and high levels of customer service, while protecting health and
(v) To encourage climate resilient tourism business development and support
environmental conservation and management (of cultural, heritage/historic,
ecological, natural resources etc.) practices in the tourism business sector;
(vi) To provide specific support for industry resilience i.e., help with rapid recovery
post-disaster or post crisis by including special allowances including (a) tax
breaks from payment on all international advertising and marketing; post-
disaster, and (c) recovery tax breaks;
(vii) To boosts the use of technology and the digitalization of the industry in
support of industry competitiveness;
(viii) To encourage the use of local suppliers and supporting services as a means
for linkages and spreading of tourism benefits;
(ix) To facilitate the provision of up-to-date information and statistical data by the
tourism industry to allow for more effective decision making, policy and
strategy development for advancement of the tourism industry;
In light of the foregoing, the Ministry is cognizant of the importance of public consultation and transparency in the policy development process and as such encourages individuals to become acquainted with the draft Bill and provide comments and feedback to strengthen contents of the Bill.
The deadline for comments is Sunday 31st July, 2022. The draft document will be made
available via the following online platforms:
Source: Ministry of Tourism