Information appearing in a hotel magazine, warning tourists not to speak with vendors on the Marigot Beach, has sparked a debate and has since received very negative feedback.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that a hotel magazine is encouraging guests, to keep away from vendors on the beach, as they are unlicensed.
It is also stated in the magazine, that the hotel is unable to limit or control how many vendors are on the beach and explained that it is working with government to address the issue.
“If approached whilst walking up the beach or laying down on our free sun loungers we advise that you do not enter any kind of conversation with them and to keep walking if approached whilst passing. Bananas are normally US$1 a bunch and not US$5 – 10 as you may be charged, and coconuts are US$1 and not US$5 -10,” it further states.
Another page reads: “Please do not attempt to eat at any of the vending huts as they have no sanitation, no tap water for cleaning food and no sanitation for washing hands.”
But many beach vendors are upset with the statements and feels that they are being victimized. They have stated that this could discourage sales and cost them a decent income.
Saint Lucians have also taken their arguments to social media, expressing disgust with the statements made in the magazine and said this should not have been encouraged.
On the other hand, persons also agree with the hotel for giving its guests adequate warning, so that they are not overcharged by the vendors and they understand what to expect.