Do­minic Fedee: The Role Tourism Can Play in a Sus­tain­able Caribbean Econ­omy

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Tourism could de­liver even more eco­nomic and so­cial re­turns to the Caribbean. That is the view of Re­gional Public Re­la­tions Man­ager for San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional in the Eastern Caribbean and re­cently nom­i­nated can­di­date for the main op­po­si­tion United Work­ers Party Anse La Raye/ Ca­naries con­stituency seat, Do­minic Fedee.

Fedee spoke on the sub­ject “The Role Tourism Can Play in a Sus­tain­able Caribbean Econ­omy” at a re­cent con­fer­ence in the UK dubbed “New Think­ing for the Caribbean 2030.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, the Caribbean has failed to op­ti­mize the enor­mous ben­e­fits tourism can con­trib­ute to­ward the de­vel­op­ment of the Caribbean re­gion.

He posited that the time for the mo­bi­liza­tion of the en­tire so­ci­ety to en­gage the tourism sec­tor more ef­fec­tively is now. “There is an ur­gent need for the Caribbean agri­cul­ture and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor to ex­plore in­ter-sec­to­rial link­ages with the main eco­nomic driver of the Caribbean more ef­fec­tively. The con­sump­tion pat­tern of the in­dus­try is enor­mous, amount­ing to hun­dreds of mil­lions,” Fedee said.

He con­tin­ued to note that in­no­va­tion and new think­ing are re­quired to over­come the ob­sta­cles block­ing in­ter­sec­to­rial link­ages to stim­u­late growth, re­duce un­em­ploy­ment and im­prove the gen­eral qual­ity of life in the Caribbean.

Dur­ing the Wil­ton Park con­fer­ence, which saw the at­ten­dance of politi­cians, aca­demics and prom­i­nent mem­bers of the pri­vate sec­tor from the Caribbean, Fedee said that tourism would con­tinue to be the Caribbean’s lead sec­tor for the fore­see­able fu­ture. There­fore, the re­gion must em­brace tourism more pur­pose­fully.

Fur­ther, the UWP nom­i­nee for the Anse La Raye/ Ca­naries con­stituency cites greater co­he­sion among the key eco­nomic sec­tors in the re­gion as a ma­jor strat­egy for de­vel­op­ment.

“There is no point that we con­tinue to fo­cus on ex­pand­ing tourism ar­rivals while other sec­tors con­tinue to be far re­moved from the in­dus­try’s suc­cess,” Fedee said. “Cre­at­ing the link­ages is the key to lever­ag­ing more eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity from the sec­tor, not over­bur­den­ing it with taxes. Send a strong sig­nal to tourism that agri­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing, cot­tage in­dus­tries, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, trans­porta­tion, and other key sec­tors are ready to ex­ceed its ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Added Fedee: “Build­ing on the prom­ise of the op­por­tu­ni­ties now can help the Caribbean to look for­ward to tourism play­ing a stronger role in its col­lec­tive econ­omy with op­ti­mism.”

Re­gional Public Re­la­tions Man­ager for San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional in the Eastern Caribbean and re­cently nom­i­nated can­di­date for the main op­po­si­tion United Work­ers Party Anse La Raye/Ca­naries

con­stituency seat, Do­minic Fedee.

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