Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Following the successful launch of the tourism symposium, Wednesday October 26th 2012, the Ministry of Tourism , Heritage and Creative Industries, has demonstrated a level of commitment and collaborative efforts at ensuring the development of a sustainable tourism product in the community of Laborie.
Tourism professionals and members of the Laborie Development Foundation LDF formed part of the day’s discussion on a review of the current tourism-related activities and plans, both locally and nationally.
The workshop also provided a forum for participants to explore on the recommendations and strategic development plan for Laborie.
Chairman of the Laborie Development Foundation, Elias Jean, urged the people of Laborie to take pride in the contribution and active role played in the development of this initiative.
“This symposium is significant as it provides an opportunity to collaborate on how best communities can get involved in the industry through the provision of a tourism product that can be sustained over generations. Today, we will prepare to understand and put in place the best way forward to chart for the people of the constituency.”
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Donovan Williams, highlighted the need to utilize this opportunity as a platform to match the national vision plan for tourism in Saint Lucia with that of Laborie.
“Laborie has all of the qualities that will allow it to find its niche within a diversified tourism product. That is something that we from the Ministry of Tourism standpoint are very focused on, diversifying our product and I believe that Laborie has a place in that overall vision. It has many of that attributes; great cultural heritage and identity.”