Vendors in Castries are attending a three-day training workshop hoping that the locations where they operate – the Castries Market food court, the craft market, and the vendors’ arcade can become COVID-19 certified.
Wednesday was the second day of the training facilitated by the Ministries of Health and Tourism, the Vendors’ Association, and the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) at the Castries Town Hall.
Vendors’ Association President Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac disclosed that the response from vendors to the training opportunity has been ‘phenomenal.’
“We are going through that set of training because we want the facilities where they are located to be COVID-19 certified so it will give vendors the opportunity to cash in on tourism especially by extension the cruise sector,” Isaac told St Lucia Times.
“We are happy that this is going on now because at least our vendors can have the hope that they can participate within the industry. Now that the industry is open – the cruise sector is open, we are really not getting anything coming from that direction yet because we are not COVID certified – we are not in the bubble. So we are working hard to make sure that these markets are on the itinerary of areas that are in the bubble so tourists can visit, ” the Vendors’ Association President stated.
He indicated that at COVID-19 certified locations, visitors would be coming to a place where people will be doing ‘the right thing when it comes to COVID protocols.’
“So far the response has been phenomenal. Vendors have been coming through. In fact we have to limit it to 30 vendors per day, “Isaac observed regarding the training workshop.
He indicated that due to the response, organisers would have to consider more training sessions.
Isaac said said vendors were enthusiastic because they wanted an opportunity to cash in on the tourism industry.