FCCA Ex­presses Re­newed Con­fi­dence in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - --- T.N.

The CEO of the Florida Caribbean Cruise As­so­ci­a­tion (FCCA), Michele Paige, and her team re­cently vis­ited Saint Lu­cia for con­sul­ta­tions with Tourism Min­is­ter Do­minic Fedee other in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.

Ms. Paige and the FCCA, which rep­re­sents ninety per­cent of cruise ships that call here, had good news: the FCCA will be of­fer­ing train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the cruise in­dus­try for 400 young Saint Lu­cians.

“This speaks vol­umes about the con­fi­dence that the FCCA has in Saint Lu­cia,” Fedee said in an in­ter­view. “This train­ing op­por­tu­nity is very im­por­tant, keep­ing in mind the high rate of youth un­em­ploy­ment that con­fronted us upon tak­ing of­fice last year. I am very en­thu­si­as­tic about the pro­gramme.”

He said ap­pli­ca­tion forms will be cir­cu­lated through com­mu­nity groups and vil­lage coun­cils, af­ter which can­di­dates will be se­lected.

Added Fedee: “The FCCA has spo­ken of its con­fi­dence in our cruise sec­tor and this con­sul­ta­tion is about find­ing ways to grow and de­velop the sec­tor, iden­tify the prob­lems and seek ways to re­solve them in the in­ter­est of growth in our econ­omy.”

The con­sul­ta­tion, which was held at the St. James's Ho­tel, at­tracted a cross-sec­tion of stake­hold­ers: the po­lice, the Gros Islet Town Coun­cil, the Soufriere De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, the Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion, Min­istry of Tourism, the Cas­tries Con­stituency Coun­cil, the Na­tional Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion, SLASPA, In­vest Saint Lu­cia, tour op­er­a­tors and per­son­nel from the tourism min­istry.

A packed car­ni­val cal­en­dar is al­ready be­ing pro­moted by bands and or­ga­niz­ers of this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

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