St Lucia hoteliers seek World Bank funding
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb. 15, CMC - St Lucia Hoteliers are seeking World Bank financing for projects aimed at improving the visitor experience, both on and off their properties, as well as improving the island's reputation as a leading tourism destination.
On Friday, the board of directors from the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) ended a round of talks with representatives of the World Bank where they discussed private sector considerations of loan financing prospects to strengthen the development of Tourism in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Executive vice president of the SLHTS, Noorani Azeez, said talks focused on ideas for product enhancement including town and community development, small business support, and diversification of the tourism product, transportation and ease of access to the destination.
“The World Bank delegation apprised the SLHTA of the funding mechanism and engaged the directors in discussions on actions which could strengthen linkages with other sectors and widen the benefits of tourism to communities outside the traditional reach of the industry,” he said.
Proposals for reducing traffic congestion in the city during cruise ship arrival days, enhancing guest experience in the city area, creating more tours and attractions along the west coast and addressing procedural bureaucracies at the ports of entry were additional subjects discussed at the two hour meeting.
The hoteliers are preparing for a second round of talks with the bank possibly by April this year.
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