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Strong tourist arrivals for Saint Lucia in 2017 – Travel Pulse

By SNO/Travel Pulse

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Castries Harbour, Saint Lucia.

Castries Harbour, Saint Lucia.

Saint Lucia stands to benefit from an increasing number of visitors this year, particularly within the first quarter, as the island remains a popular Caribbean destination with US travelers.

Travel Pulse has reported that the island is dubbed a ‘Hot’ Caribbean destination and said Donscenz named “St. Lucia, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic” as “still our big sellers.”

While Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are annually among the most popular islands, Saint Lucia is one of several other Caribbean destinations that have established strong land-based visitor segments.

Leading resort operators echoed the positive early results.

Tammy Gonzalez, chief executive officer of Unique Vacations Inc., an affiliate of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) said, “We are off to a tremendous start with bookings pacing ahead of this same time period for 2016.”

“The result is a strong first two quarters for 2017. In fact, bookings across both the Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts brands are ahead year over year,” she said.

Meanwhile, President of Travel Impressions Scott Wiseman said Caribbean bookings are solid through the first quarter of 2017 and they are on pace for a very successful second quarter with bookings already ahead compared to this point in 2016.

“Occupancy for our major hotel partners is also meeting or exceeding expectations,” he said, attributing the increased activity to “an improved economic outlook in many U.S. feeder markets.”

Weisman noted that the company’s wide selection in all-inclusive options in destinations like Saint Lucia have helped persuade many other travelers that this area is too good to miss.

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The Caribbean saw a 7 percent growth.

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6 comments

  1. How can st.lucia news online accept such foolish and irresponsible comment from that idiot (Kernowcrock)

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  2. Well all I can say is that I hope the police are on guard. Because this does not look good for a small island like St Lucia where tourists want to visit and with so much crime and criminals.

    Chastanet you need to have a press conference and let people know that criminals will not get away with their crimes. The chief of police needs to do the same as well.

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  3. OOOOH goody gooody!!! Loads of tourists to rob,maim and kill

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  4. I hope they have Strong security in place

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  5. i have two things to say about this

    1. this is nonsence as i have said before, here we have Tammy Gonzalez, chief executive officer of Unique Vacations Inc., an affiliate of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) said, (“We are off to a tremendous start with bookings pacing ahead of this same time period for 2016.”

    “The result is a strong first two quarters for 2017. In fact, bookings across both the Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts brands are ahead year over year,” she said.)

    all these tourist that are coming in you see where they spend their time at a sandals resort so all this money they talking about goes mostly to them because when tourist go to sandals their perception is to keep the guest in at the hotel and give them all types of entertainment so they stay in there. these guest dont even get to experience the island outside of the walls of the hotel thus preventing taxi drivers and the little road side vendors from making a dollar. do you even know the amount of guest that come in and go out of sandals everyday? these sandals always have people.

    imagine these people going out in tours in huge amounts daily other people would get a piece of the pie and make some money also. so in other words they say it is going to be a strong season but a strong season for who if the guest dont spend money or go out of these four walls.

    2. i hope there are measures already in place for their safety with all these robbing we had in December lat year and still continuing in january with the last incident in rodney bay.

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