Saint Lucia Expecting an Increase in Tourists from Canada
Saint Lucia expects a record number of Canadian visitors in 2014, the island’s tourism director, Louis Lewis, said in Toronto last week. Canada accounts for the third highest number of tourists to Saint Lucia, and it welcomed almost 35,000 visitors last year. “The numbers for the first two months of this year exceed those for the same period last year and we expect the growth trend to continue,” he said. “In January alone there was a 15 per cent increase in stay-over arrivals with 776 more visitors.”
In recognition of this, Lewis said “Given that the demand for St. Lucia is increasing, we have developed a strategy to work closely with the airlines to increase flight capacity to our destination. At the same time, we are broadening our presence in Canada by doing more promotions in areas outside of Toronto.” Air Canada operates three flights each week between Toronto and Saint Lucia and one flight each week between Montreal and Saint Lucia, while WestJet flies twice each week between the two destinations in the summer and three times in the winter.