Saint Lu­cia Ex­plores Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Cruise Tourism De­vel­op­ment

The Star (St. Lucia) - - HEALTH -

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.

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