Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has responded to reports that a security official at a site in Soufriere slapped a female tourist this week.
A video posted on social media shows several persons accusing a man of having struck the visitor after she allegedly starting taking photographs at the location.
Questioned by reporters outside parliament Tuesday, the Prime Minister said he had not seen the recording.
But commenting generally he noted that this is a very different era of smart phones.
“Sometimes when we do things and we don’t think it’s being caught or it is never going to be seen, it’s going to be captured,” the former Tourism Minister explained.
He noted that there have been thousands of instances globally of this happening.
“We have to find that balance. At the end of the day tourism is a very big industry and you have to treat it as a business,” Chastanet told reporters.
“We are inviting foreigners to our country, therefore we are hosting them and there is a certain amount of behaviour that needs to go with that,” he stated.
“But at the same time I have never been one who says we need to do things specifically for tourists. We need to be able treat them with the same amount of respect that we would treat each other,” the PM said.