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Department of Tourism to launch new project

GIS – THE INITIATIVE IS A TOURISM ENHANCEMENT PROJECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF SAINT LUCIA, ST VINCENT AND GRENADA.

The Department of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting together with the Project Coordination Unit of the Department of Economic Development, will launch a new tourism initiative on Jan. 25, at the Finance Administrative Centre in downtown Castries.

The launch is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will feature presentations from Hon. Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting; and Hon. Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation.

Also on the programme is a representative of the financing agency, John Anderson, Senior Economist of the World Bank Group. The project titled OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP) is a tourism enhancement project for Saint Lucia, St Vincent and Grenada, and 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.

Invited guests to the launch will include a mix of senior officials from government agencies and ministries, the private sector, including the hotel sector, tour operators, taxi associations, vendors association, sections of the business sector in Castries, and port authority officials. Some of the direct benefits to Saint Lucia from this project will be the enhancement and beautification of the city of Castries; the upgrade of the Castries market; improvements in the flow of traffic in Castries; the development of a sustainable tourism plan for Saint Lucia; the strengthening of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) website and enhancement of the destination’s online presence; the development of a pilot ferry corridor to facilitate intra-regional travel; and the acquisition of scanners, and other Information Technology (IT) needs for immigration and customs clearance at the ferry terminal. 

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