UK visitors fuel Saint Lucia’s fast recovery  

Tourism to Saint Lucia is bouncing back with UK visitor numbers on the rise

UK visitors fuel Saint Lucia’s fast recovery  

Tourism to Saint Lucia is bouncing back with UK visitor numbers on the rise

Tourism to Saint Lucia is bouncing back with UK visitor numbers for the three months from May-July outstripping those in 2019. 

Speaking this week in London at the island’s first ‘showcase’ trade lunch in three years, Lorine Charles-St Jules, CEO of Saint Lucia Tourism, said business from the UK is already approaching 2019 levels. 

The Caribbean island, which has lifted all Covid-related entry restrictions, is also seeing unprecedented demand from the U.S. with a record number of Americans travelling in July, she said. 

Other indicators that Saint Lucia is fast recovering from the near shutdown of tourism caused by Covid include island restaurants seeing record numbers of patrons in July and the Saint Lucia Carnival in July attracting over 10,000 revellers, the most in the event’s history. 

Charles-St Jules said the island’s popular Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival will take place at various venues in and around Castries from May 5-14 2023. 

The CEO flew to London straight from the first major Caribbean-wide conference on tourism and aviation trends in the region since the pandemic.  

Martin Steady, CEO of BMI Publishing, publishers of Selling Travel, was the only UK media delegate at the event in the Cayman Islands.   

Also present at the London event were several of the island’s hotel partners including Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, East Winds, The Landings, Cap Maison Resort and Spa, Windjammer Landing, Harbour Club and Jade Mountain, who each outlined their recent upgrades and other improvements. 

These include major renovations to rooms and the restaurant at Cap Mason, new junior suites at Coconut Bay, new ‘eco luxury lodges’ at Hotel Chocolate and new villas on the beach and a ‘drone delivery service at Windjammer Landing. 

At East Winds, plans are in progress to expand its room categories by offering more oceanfront suites. 

“In 2023 we will be giving customers more choice but all development will be done with a view to retaining the natural charm and setting that is a key part of the appeal of East Winds. Underpinning our business philosophy is the protection of the Saint Lucia’s ecosystem and its fabulous birdlife and wildlife,” said Judith Milne, Managing Director of East Winds.  

stlucia.org 

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