Tropical Storm Dorian has not affected Saint Lucia’s hotel and tourism businesses, President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), Karolin Troubetzkoy, announced Tuesday.
A press statement issued by the SLHTA quoted Troubetzkoy as saying that operations are returning to normal.
“A Tropical Storm warning must always be taken very seriously and our businesses were well prepared for all eventualities. We are all very grateful that Dorian had no significant impact,” she stated.
While Saint Lucia stood directly in the path of Tropical Storm Dorian and citizens had braced themselves for potential damage, the island experienced only some light rainfall and strong winds, a far cry from what was originally expected, the SLHTA release said.
“The SLHTA takes this opportunity to thank all those individuals who were instrumental in mobilizing efforts and creating public awareness on a national level during the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian,” it noted.
“Moreover, the SLHTA thanks those team members from various businesses across the country who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that operations ran smoothly. Many of them stayed after their shifts ended, demonstrating the selflessness and professionalism that our industry admires and recognizes,” according to the release.
It disclosed that while the post-storm assessment continues in earnest nationally, the SLHTA will also do its own stocktaking to ensure that the tourism plant remains open for business.
“We wish all Saint Lucian residents and visitors to our beautiful island a safe Atlantic hurricane season and encourage you to continue taking all the necessary precautions seriously,” it concluded.