26 Jan 2018

The Department of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, together with the Project Coordination Unit of the Department of Economic Development, this week launched a new tourism initiative that will encompass a number of infrastructural projects that are aimed at enhancing the overall aesthetics of at least three cities within the OECS Region.

This Tourism Enhancement Project which will benefit Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada, is meant to facilitate the movement of tourists between the participating countries using ferries; improve selected tourism sites; and strengthen the capacity for regional tourism market development.

Included in this initiative for Saint Lucia, are upgrades of the Castries market as well as improvements relating to the flow of traffic within Castries. The project will also include the development of a sustainable tourism plan for Saint Lucia which will focus primarily on strengthening the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) website in an effort to improve the destination’s online presence. Developing a pilot ferry corridor to facilitate intra-regional travel; the acquisition of scanners, and other Information Technology (IT) needs for immigration and customs clearance at the ferry terminal, will also form part of this initiative which is funded by the World Bank. It will be managed through the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP).