As the cruise tourism market continues to expand, the Government has identified the Castries City Tourism Product as a priority for Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says.
Writing on his official Facebook page, the former Tourism Minister mentioned targeted investment sites and activities aimed at making downtown Castries more pleasant and attractive to Saint Lucian residents as well as to visitors.
“The revitalization of Castries, will improve living conditions, transform both the visitor and local shopping experience in Castries, but beyond this, it will benefit the owners of micro-enterprises and encourage further investment in this sector,” Chastanet observed.
The Prime Minister disclosed that the consultancy and design phases for several investment initiatives to revitalize downtown Castries has started.
Chastanet said that they include, the Redevelopment of the Castries Market, the pedestrianization of William Peter Boulevard, the upgrading of sidewalks, works for the improvement of the visitor experience walking through downtown Castries and the Boulevard areas, the beautification of King George V Park, including the Botanical Gardens, improvements to traffic and parking, and a Façade Improvement Grants Programme for existing small businesses.