FCCA Expresses Renewed Confidence in Saint Lucia
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.
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