Asserting that the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) understands and supports tourism, opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, Thursday declared that the benefits of the industry must accrue to as many persons as possible.
“You cannot have a tourism industry where the numbers are increasing and the vendors are complaining,” Pierre remarked.
“You cannot boast about large numbers and all the ancillary services are complaining.”
The opposition leader observed that it was a labour administration that bore the brunt of the transition of the economy from agriculture to services.
“We understand tourism and we support tourism,” the former Tourism Minister told Radio 100’s Andre Paul during a live interview on the station.
Pierre recalled that it was an SLP administration that decided that taxi drivers were to get incentives and become organised with TX plates, in order to ‘share in the tourism cake.’
“We were the government that made the point that the benefits of tourism should accrue to as many people as possible,” he declared, adding that it was an SLP administration that began the programmes for hostesses, to get young people to meet visitors to Saint Lucia at the Island’s ports of entry and show them the country.
Pierre also observed that it was he who opened the lookout point on the Morne and an SLP administration that introduced two lookout points in Dennery.
“We understand the matter of tourism,” the SLP leader told Andre Paul, declaring that the SLP started the most tourism investment here between 2001 and 2006.
“I was the minister,” Pierre recalled.
“We believe that tourism must benefit the majority of people in the country,” he explained.