(SNO) – Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee, has announced that based on preliminary figures, Saint Lucia has broken its record in stay over arrivals in 2019.
According to him, the figures show that the island recorded over 400,000 in stay over arrivals.
“For the first time in the history of recording tourism statistics in our country, we have recorded over 400,000 stay over arrivals,” he said. “So coming in at 422,600 plus visitors, it means that this would have been the best year that we have had in the history of recording Saint Lucia’s statistics.”
He congratulated all the industry workers, who he described as “outstanding,” for playing their part in breaking the record, both in the private and public sector.
“All the people who have toiled assiduously to ensure that Saint Lucia remains at the top of the tourism destinations in the Caribbean,” he said. “This came in as a 7.1 percent growth so far.”
Fedee said the trajectory for tourism continues “to be quite high and continues to be quite powerful.”
The tourism minister called on all Saint Lucians to participate in the tourism sector and benefit from concessions by government.
“You don’t have to be a big hotel to benefit from the concessions,” he said. “Once you have six rooms or more, the present legislation allows you to apply and get access to the concessions for construction of a tourism facility whether it’s a restaurant, whether it’s a tour business that you would like to do or small bed and breakfast, the opportunity exists for everyone to do it.”