Well, good to hear that tourist figures are on the increase from the US and Canada; the diaspora are surely doing their part in promoting the land we love so much. It does not matter whether we get the props or not; all we care about is for the island to be promoted and for the visitors to at least do some spending and support the vendors who have their families to feed and bills to pay. The vendors must try to avoid selling the same items and seek new items, be innovative. And finally, quit harassing the visitors, especially the taxi drivers near La Place Carenage. Be professional: build booths where the tourists walk up and choose trips then the rep calls up the taxi driver. There should be no direct contact between the visitor and the driver until they board the taxi, then he is responsible for them while on the trip until back safely. Everyone has to earn a living but we turn away more by heckling than having a professional approach.
- Poor People fed up!
Let us go through some reality: 1) When tourism was booming and potential foreign investments in St. Lucia exceeded US$1 billion, the SLP Administration borrowed recklessly, spent like drunker sailors, were poor examples to the youth so that in the end we had no public savings, more debt and a decadent society. If they could not be prudent then, we should not surprised that we still catching hell today. 2) We have had no public interventions to really improve Castries, change attitudes or instil a sense of decency in the average St. Lucia citizen. It has been a downward slide from the 1970s and tourism is just one step away from disaster every day. How can we have killings just 1/2 mile away from the cruise ships and continue to do nothing about it?
Even when tourism figures are up, the majority of these are from cruise ships. The tourists who fly in almost always stay at all-inclusive hotels. Rodney Bay at night is quieter every year with bars and restaurants closing.
Did the respective governments of St. Lucia never consider the impact on local vendors and prospective bar/ restaurant owners when they granted permission for more and more allinclusive hotels?
As an English ex-pat who has been here for 7 years, it is so depressing to see the decline of what should be the island’s premier tourist location.
I was recently at one of the island’s major resorts for lunch. Speaking to a guest who had been to this hotel on four occasions, she admitted that in all that time she had never been outside the hotel. How sad is that?
– Eddie Elmes
When Lambs lie down with Birds of prey look out for skeletons! Kenny can begin to show some leadership by firing the Ministers involved in that so-called students fiasco. This modern-day high-tech slavery, not by merchant vessels as before but by jet planes, is being carried out all over the world. Somebody is making big bucks out of this practice, and along with it, the traders are skilled in getting their way by bribing. South East Asian countries are the main recruiting grounds for this trade and don’t tell me you didn’t know about it. For giving St. Lucia a bad name, some politicians and civil servants must pay.