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Saint Lucia Expecting an Increase in Tourists from Canada

12th
Apr
2014

CATEGORIES
Saint Lucia

 

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.

 




BA Increases Flights to Saint Lucia

26th
Mar
2014

CATEGORIES
Saint Lucia
Travel to St Lucia

 

As part of the expansion of its long haul network, British Airways’ summer 2014 programme, which starts on 30th March, will see an increase from six to seven flights each week from London Gatwick to Hewanorra International Airport in Saint Lucia.

From Gatwick, British Airways is increasing frequencies and capacity to Saint Lucia, Antigua, Kingston, Orlando, Punta Cana using a Boeing 777, which has joined the Gatwick fleet.

 




UK Reduces APD on Caribbean Flights

17th
Mar
2014

CATEGORIES
Saint Lucia
Travel to St Lucia

 

The United Kingdom has announced that it will be reforming its controversial Air Passenger Duty on flights to the Caribbean from the UK. This welcome news was announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in his budget address.

Starting next year, all “long haul” flights will be lowered to the same rate as those headed to the United States, including flights to the Caribbean, although that overall rate will be rising from its 2013 number.

“We will also reform Air Passenger Duty to end the crazy system where you pay less tax traveling to Hawaii than you do traveling to China or India,” Osborne said. “It hits exports, puts off tourists and creates a great sense of injustice among our Caribbean and South Asian communities here in Britain.”

Duties had previously been calculated at different rates according to different “bands,” in a manner the Caribbean had alleged to be discriminatory. For example, flights heading to Miami were charged a lower duty than those heading to the Caribbean, despite being effectively equidistant from the United Kingdom.

The reforms mean that from 2015 taxes of £71 will be charged for reduced rate passengers and £142 for standard rate passengers.

“We are delighted that the Chancellor has finally accepted the Caribbean’s proposal made in November 2010 to return to the simpler and fairer two band system,” the Caribbean Tourism Organization said in a statement. “We want to thank everyone who has supported our lobby, including Caribbean Governments, our partners, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, British MPs and peers, the Caribbean High Commissioners in London, Caribbean Ambassadors in Brussels, the Diaspora, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Travel and Tourism Council and the airlines and travel companies.”

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association was also an active advocate for reforming the tax. “The disparity in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) has been a critical factor leading to the decline in arrivals from the United Kingdom to the Caribbean. With today’s announcement to a two-band system the Caribbean region will no longer be penalized,” said Jeff Vasser, the CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

 




Saint Lucia Tourist Board UK Win Travel Bulletin Star Award 2013

12th
Dec
2013

CATEGORIES
Awards
Saint Lucia

 

In one of only three awards granted to destination tourist offices at the prestigious Travel Bulletin Star Awards 2013, Saint Lucia Tourist Board UK was presented with the award for Online Training, Roadshows & Workshops.

During 2013 the Tourist Board introduced the Saint Lucia Showcase for Travel Agents and planned 13 familiarisation visits, resulting in a rise in revenue from UK visitors during 2013.

Travel Bulletin is one of the main trade publications for the travel industry in the UK, with award winners being voted for exclusively by industry peers.

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board was the only Caribbean finalist in this category and beat stiff competition to win as the favourite and most effective tourist board.

Responding to news of the award win Jean-Marc Flambert, Saint Lucia Tourist Board’s Director of Marketing in the UK and Europe said: “The award recognises the innovation and hard work that the Saint Lucia Tourist Board team has applied to be recognised, despite our relatively small budgets”

Louis Lewis, Saint Lucia’s Director of Tourism, added: “These efforts will translate into better recognition, and ultimately increased arrivals for the island in 2014. We will have 13 direct flights arriving into Saint Lucia from the UK and the Tourist Board is very focused on delivering results which are measured by increased arrivals and revenue to the island”.

 




 

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