Saint Lucia joined the remainder of the world in observance of World Tourism Day yesterday with the Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Affiliation (SLHTA) reiterating its dedication to be a catalyst for equity and equality within the tourism sector.
In reaffirming the SLHTA’s dedication to making sure the island’s main business continues to reap tangible successes, SLHTA’s Chief Government Officer, Noorani Azeez, stated that rising from the shocks threatening the business, (it) will want a rethink and collective resilience.
“Constructing our resilience to disruptions attributable to local weather change and financial shocks are key to sustainable tourism growth,” stated Azeez. “As we rethink the way forward for tourism, truthful pay, equal alternative and neighborhood engagement in tourism actions will all assist to foster such resilience.”
World Tourism Day has been held on September 27 yearly since 1980. The date marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Statutes of the Organisation in 1970, paving the best way for the institution of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) 5 years later.
The theme for this yr’s observance is “Rethinking Tourism”, which SLHTA’s President, Paul Collymore, finds becoming given the financial fallout from the pandemic over the previous two and a half years.
“This yr’s theme is kind of apt, because it causes us to mirror, refocus and reimagine tourism,” Collymore stated. “Our restoration efforts over the previous yr compelled us to construct ahead higher…. collectively. We’re stronger and higher working collectively. We’re in an excellent restoration mode with our airlift and stay-over arrivals, and the upcoming cruise season seems promising. Adversity continues to convey out the very best in our collective efforts, making our folks and enterprise practices resilient.”
In the meantime, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-Common of UNWTO, famous that “this yr particularly we additionally recognise that we can not return to the previous methods of working.”
“Rethinking one of many world’s main financial sectors is not going to be simple,” Pololikashvili stated. “However we’re already nicely on the best way. Disaster has impressed and catalyzed creativity. And the pandemic accelerated the transformation of labor, bringing each challenges in addition to huge alternatives to make sure much more folks get to learn from tourism’s restart. We’re additionally making important progress in making tourism a central driver of the inexperienced, the blue and the digital economies, guaranteeing development doesn’t come on the expense of individuals or planet.”
Tourism is likely one of the world’s most essential sectors, using one in each ten folks throughout the globe and offering a whole bunch of tens of millions extra with livelihoods. The business primarily contains 5 essential teams of actions, specifically transportation, lodging, catering/retail, recreation, and travel-related companies.
Based on the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), Saint Lucia recorded greater than 39,000 guests in July this yr, probably the most excellent efficiency and the biggest variety of stay-over arrivals in any one-month interval for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the SLTA acknowledged that, by the top of July, the island had recovered 80% of 2019 arrivals from world markets.
In Saint Lucia, almost 15,000 individuals are instantly employed within the tourism business, with one other 55,000 employed not directly. The business is the island’s largest and essential supply of employment, earnings and international trade, and accounts for an estimated 65% of gross home product (GDP). In 2010, Saint Lucia generated virtually US$771 million from inside tourism consumption, reaching about US$1.129 billion almost 10 years later.
In observance of World Tourism Day residents had been requested to put on blue.