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SAINT LUCIA BECOMES FIRST OECS STATE TO ROLL OUT TOURISM HEALTH PROGRAM

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The COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat to the island’s mainstay earner – tourism. However, a Regional Tourism Health Policy Framework drafted in 2014 is set for a timely roll out on September 18 in Saint Lucia. Officials from the Caribbean Public Health Agency [CARPHA] and OECS Commission are set to engage with the island’s Tourism and Health Ministries to implement the Tourism Health Program [THP] designed to strengthen Saint Lucia’s capacity to respond to public health threats, improve the health and safety standards and enhance tourism resilience policy in the hospitality sector. Discussions between CARPHA and the OECS in 2017 set the pace for the THP, which was later endorsed by the OECS. To date, Saint Lucia is one of four (4) participating countries and the first to officially launch the program. The CARPHA team will also facilitate a three (3) day Advanced Food Safety Training and Certification Workshop from Tuesday 21st September – Thursday 23rd September for environmental health officers, hoteliers and restaurateurs, a re-sensitization of industry operators in the Tourism Health Information System (THiS) on Monday 20th September and a stakeholder consultation on cruise ship surveillance assessment on Thursday 23rd September. It is anticipated that the various consultations will engender a greater level of understanding on the importance and benefits of the Tourism Health Program (THP) and the Tourism Health Information System (THiS). The agencies will also identify a clear roadmap for strategic marketing to allow for a healthier, safer and more sustainable tourism industry.

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VISITOR ARRIVALS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS DESPITE COVID CHALLENGES

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Tourism officials are touting the latest arrivals numbers for the first three months of the year. According to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, the island welcomed more than 32,000 visitors during the month of March alone. The better than expected tourism performance has landed Saint Lucia on the United Nation’s top five best performing destinations.




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FEDEE UNIMPRESSED WITH RENAMING OF COMMUNITY TOURISM BILL

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According to ex-Tourism Minister Sen. Dominic Fedee the full credit should go to the previous United Workers Party Administration for the development of the Community Tourism Bill which was introduced for debate in the House of Assembly on March 8. Sen. Fedee however, took a swipe at his successor – Tourism Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire for renaming the policy which was formally referred to as the Village Tourism project.

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HOTELS CONSIDERING INCREASING PRICES DUE TO UKRAINE CONFLICT

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It could soon get more expensive to vacation in Saint Lucia according to SLHTA executive Sen. Noorani Azeez. The rising cost of imports and the Russia-Ukraine conflict has forced local hotel operators to review operating costs.

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