Saint Lu­cia Wel­comes Thom­son Air­ways In­au­gu­ral Flight

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Saint Lu­cia is poised for tourism growth from one of its main gen­er­at­ing mar­kets, the United Kingdom, as a re­sult of the new Dream­liner weekly ser­vice from London Gatwick.

On Thurs­day May 4, the Thom­son Air­ways flight made its in­au­gu­ral visit car­ry­ing close to 300 pas­sen­gers. They were greeted by an of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing the Min­istry of Tourism, the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board, the Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion, TUI Group and Nexus Tours. The pas­sen­gers were wel­comed in true Saint Lu­cian style to the sweet sounds of steel pan mu­sic and a Chair­man’s cock­tail.

At a brief cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate the event, Deputy Chair­per­son for the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board, Mr Leathon Khan, ex­pressed Saint Lu­cia’s pleasure at be­ing the new­est, and first des­ti­na­tion in the Eastern Caribbean, for this char­ter ser­vice. In his re­marks, he noted, “The UK mar­ket is an im­por­tant one for Saint Lu­cia. In 2016, we wel­comed just over 64,400 Bri­tons to our shores, and in 2017 we an­tic­i­pate sig­nif­i­cant growth in this mar­ket, with your weekly flight out of London Gatwick sure to be a strong con­tribut­ing fac­tor”.

Thom­son, part of TUI UK and Ire­land, is one of the UK’s most well-known hol­i­day brands, de­liv­er­ing unique and mod­ern hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ences for its cus­tomers ev­ery year. The weekly flight will bring an es­ti­mated 9,000 ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers to the is­land this year with the ser­vice to con­tinue into 2018.

The new ser­vice is in di­rect re­sponse to the growth in Saint Lu­cia’s tourism ac­com­mo­da­tion stock.

The Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board is es­pe­cially pleased to wel­come this new ser­vice as it is an en­dorse­ment of the strength and con­fi­dence in the Saint Lu­cia brand within the mar­ket­place.

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