The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - Saint Lu­cia Con­tin­ues Record­Break­ing Tourism Growth in 2015

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?

– Joe

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.

- Cicero

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