Wednesday, October 16, 2019

More Record Growth For Saint Lucia Tourism

Press Release:- Castries, September 19, 2019 The trendy and highly sort after Caribbean destination of Saint Lucia continues to bask in news of more record growth for the island’s leading economic driver, the tourism industry.

According to the latest figures released to industry partners, the month of July saw Saint Lucia recording not only the highest number of visitor arrival figures ever recorded for the month of July, but also for any one month period in the island’s history.

This surpasses the record set last March by 2.5%, when 41,741 visitors stayed on island.

In July 2019 Saint Lucia welcomed a total of 42,773 visitors, an increase of 13% or roughly 5,000 additional visitors from July last year.

The US market grew by a whopping 23%, owing largely to the hosting of Carnival activities and the additional airlift from American Airlines out of Miami.

The Caribbean market recorded 6% growth due to a series of summer vacation campaigns notably Carnival, Caribcation, Mercury Fest, the hosting of the Caricom Heads of Government Summit and the introduction of the second Capo Rosso ferry from Martinique.

Arrivals from France grew by 2%, the rest of Europe by 17% and the rest of World by 61%.

Despite the overwhelmingly positive increases there were however some decreases in arrivals for the month of July from three markets, namely the UK 3%, Canada 3% and Germany 18%.

Notwithstanding this, Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee says Year To Date July 2019, all markets are recording growth, except Canada and France, which are down 3.5% and 0.5% respectively.

Minister Fedee, who also holds the portfolios of Culture and Creative Industries, notes that due to this double-digit increase recorded in July, together with the increases from the previous months, YTD stay-over arrivals are now 7.5% higher than the same period last year.

11 COMMENTS

    • @ The Crow

      If you don’t know how such good news translates to good news for your pocket then I am afraid all hope is lost. Abandon hope all ye who don’t understand how such success redounds on the entire economy. However, I must add the Government should seriously consider teaching children from primary to tertiary level education how to deal with money. But then again the skeptics among us will say the Government themselves need a lesson in handling money.

      • With all the evidence before us about how government squandering money especially with direct awards, you claim that those who suggest that government needs a lesson in handling money are skeptics. You don’t have to be a doubter to conclude that government indeed needs such a lesson. The evidence speaks for itself.

    • Good question Crow. Especially as the government just finish crying to public servants that they could not given them a tax free backpay because things are very bad.

  1. While our Country’s GDP growth was the 2nd worst in the entire Caribbean in 2018 and 2019 predicted GDP growth has been reduced by 1%. So all the record tourism growth last year and this year hasn’t not help the economy much.

  2. Steven Easterman,
    Get your free loading, “white A$$”, off of our island. Say something useful / constructive, otherwise you go get a job and then “pay your rent”.

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