Saint Lucia Explores Opportunities for Cruise Tourism Development
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), Mrs. Tiffany Howard, was part of a delegation led by Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, representing Saint Lucia at the 25th Annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference & Trade Show in Puerto Rico this week.
The five-day event from in San Juan was an opportunity for Saint Lucia to grow its cruise tourism business which is up by an impressive 13.2% so far this year. In January 2018 Saint Lucia expanded the capacity of Port Castries to accommodate Freedom and Quantum Class vessels, which has contributed significantly to the increase in the number of cruise visitor arrivals.
The FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show blends meetings and workshops with social functions that allow attendees to develop relationships, promote their products, and learn from FCCA executives. These executives represent the FCCA’s 18 member Llnes who decide where ships call, what is sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destinations and infrastructure.
The Saint Lucia delegation included Tourism Minister Honourable Dominic Fedee and SLTA Chairman Mr. Nicholas John; senior managers from the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) and representatives from the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), Barefoot Holidays and Foster & Ince Cruise Services Inc. They met with cruise industry officials from ports and destinations, cruise and tourism agencies, tour operators, attractions, suppliers and ship agents.
Saint Lucia continues to consolidate its position as one of the leading cruise destinations in the Caribbean. In addition to the expansion of Berth No.1 at Pointe Seraphine to accommodate Quantum and Freedom Class vessels, the Government of Saint Lucia is advancing plans to build a cruise ship port in Vieux Fort.
Saint Lucia’s focus at the 2018 FCCA Cruise Conference & Tradeshow was to ensure that the destination becomes a port of call for additional cruise lines, while networking inclusively to improve the cruise tourism product.
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet (centre) with SLASPA, SLTA and CIP representatives.