The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has asserted that the government of Saint Lucia recognizes that difficult choices must be made for progress to occur.
The assertion was made in an SLTB statement.
It was issued against the backdrop of concerns about the future of over sixty staff members as the body transitions to a Tourism Authority.
Just yesterday the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association announced that it had written to the Chairperson of the SLTB seeking clarification on the issue.
Some twenty-eight staff members are represented by the CSA.
Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, in an interview with the Times, expressed concern about the fate of the employees.
The SLTB has said however that the underlying intent is to go about the transition to the Tourism Authority in a humane and transparent way, with the greatest respect for and fairness to staff.
“Above all, the Government of Saint Lucia stands steadfast in ensuring that the business of the industry will go on during this transition,” the SLTB statement said.
It stated that the process will strengthen and grow the destination whose future is inextricably tied to the tourism industry.
According to the SLTB, following the resignations of the Director and Deputy Director of the organization, Minister of Tourism, Dominic Fedee, has announced that the current Chairperson of the Board, Agnes Francis, will assume the role of Executive Chairperson while the organization transitions to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and recruits new leadership.
“Thus far, the Executive Chair is being ably assisted by the remaining staff who have given their fullest support and are able to maintain normal operations,” the SLTB statement observed.
It said with the interest of Saint Lucia’s tourism industry as a top priority, the appointment of Francis is intended to allow for a smooth transition and continuity in the operations of the SLTB including the committed marketing programs, relationships with stakeholders and the execution of ongoing events such as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).