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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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BAYGARDENS BOSS PROJECTS $500K IN LOSSES FROM GOV’T DECISION TO OPT OUT OF HOSTING INT’L T20S

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World Tourism Day

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Each year since 1980, the world celebrates world Tourism Day. It is a day was dedicated by the United Nations World Tourism Day Organisation for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, stimulating economic growth. Here in Saint Lucia the Minister for Tourism had this to say.

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TOURISM MIN. ENLISTS ROBOTS TO SHOWCASE SAINT LUCIA AROUND THE WORLD

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Potential visitors from the Far East got a firsthand view of Saint Lucia’s attractions with the help of robots. The Tourism Ministry in collaboration with the resident Taiwanese Ambassador hosted a ‘robot festival’ at Pigeon Island. The invited guests were half a world away in Taiwan.



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