Saint Lucia Anticipates March Will Be ‘Record Breaking’ For Cruise Sector

Press Release:–  The Month of March is expected to be a record-breaking period in Saint Lucia’s cruise sector.

Between Friday March 1, and Sunday March 3, 2019, twelve (12) cruise vessels including the inaugural call of Crystal Esprit brought an estimated combined capacity of 19,052 travelers to the destination. Expected through March 31, is the arrival of an additional 125,434 travelers.

In an effort to maximize the benefits of tourism locally that is in direct keeping with our current plans and policy trends toward sustainable cruise tourism strategies, special focus is being placed on the development and management of the cruise sector.

We are doing everything possible to ensure that Saint Lucians benefit more from these impressive numbers. A revenue committee has been established at the Tourism Council to yield greater economic penetration for our people.” said Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee. Therefore, the tremendous growth we are experiencing is a great beginning and we are committed to making this count by training our vendors and other stakeholders to focus on revenue.”

 With Saint Lucia’s capacity to welcome Vista, Quantum and Freedom Class vessels, cruise increased by 13.6% in 2018.  The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is projecting 6 to 7 percent growth this year, continuing an upward trend that began in September of 2018.

In the near future cruise travelers will have much more to see and do, as Saint Lucia is moving towards community-based tourism strategies. The Department of Tourism has earmarked eight communities nationally for the development of the Village Tourism programme with the aim of promoting linkages between onshore businesses and other sectors of the economy.

The idea is to convert each of the communities into a tourism destination, highlighting its unique culture, cuisine, heritage and history, thereby creating an experience for visitors unlike any other destination.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Hope all cilinders fire in the right order for the benefit of us all.Get the counts real.

  2. Maybe you guys might want to stop trying to count dollars all the time and start thinking of heading appeal of the island as a safe destination. You can have as many meetings as you like but until you get a handle on government corruption and crime then you are wasting time and money…I get that 9kd habits die hard😑

    • Aj
      Many writers have been expressing those sentiments for a long time. It’s all falling on deaf ears. In typical Lucian fashion, they are awaiting a “bodoos” moment. Any plan should start with security at the foundation. No one seem to grasp that tourism is a fickle industry. One major incident can cause catastrophic harm. Quite frankly, the existing perils are just a minor bump to some.

  3. Very positive and forward looking. However, if the crime situation on the Island which affects locals and visitors alike continues, all these will count for nothing when Saint Lucia’s reputation is destroyed by opportunistic criminals. I welcome every initiative that will improve the lives of Saint Lucians and I support the government in its efforts with big thumbs up.

  4. Aj
    Many writers have been expressing those sentiments for a long time. It’s all falling on deaf ears. In typical Lucian fashion, they are awaiting a “bodoos” moment. Any plan should start with security at the foundation. No one seem to grasp that tourism is a fickle industry. One major incident can cause catastrophic harm. Quite frankly, the existing perils are just a minor bump to some.

  5. How many actually spend on the island.. take a look at the vendors ackade these ppl barely go there and when they do they dont spend so tell me who benefits..the cruise ships or their agency who set up all the tours

    • Not everybody spends at every port, just as you don’t spend every day either. We’re on the Island & we don’t go out to buy every day, but when we do, we spend a considerable amount. What Lucians have to do is make their product more attractive to visitors. They also should not offer the same Asian trinkets that the other islands try to sell them. I know that not all sellers have the talent of Michelle Elliot, but they should try to offer something unique.

  6. That is good news for “some” in St Lucia. Just a pity with landing/mooring charges that these ships bring that it is not directed towards the poorer islanders.
    I can see the muggers n con merchants having a record March too

  7. Numbers mean nothing if visitor spending is not there. The little caca dehn from the head tax per passenger is nothing compared the money we spend to maintain the ports + birthing + the roads+ the solid waste+ water treatment. Never look at the success of that industry only in terms of numbers!!!!! Air and water pollution is whole other story.

    • @That guy
      You have made some very pertinent points. Government spends millions to build and maintain the necessary infrastructure for tourism. Added to this, there is heavy leakage of revenue out of the country as many of the tourism plants and businesses are foreign owned. Government also spends copious amounts of money on overseas advertisement. Not enough revenue collected locally from this mega industry trickles down to the average citizen. In my honest opinion much more money should be ingested in agriculture, agro-processing, education, vocational training, entrepreneurship. Boasting about increase in cruise passenger arrivals when the locals and the country barely benefit, is just misguided.

      • @ Vibz
        We seem to understand the econometrics of the industry better than most in position to drive change! This article and content is more geared towards bragging- misguided as the underlying reality remains hush hush.

  8. How about boasting the metric of how much money is spend per visitor ? Or how about providing customer service training to taxi operators and vendors? Teaching vendors to make local souvenirs instead of cheap chinese made trinkets? I don’t agree with this country “Tourism is everything approach” but if you are going to do it, Do it well at least.

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