Saint Lucia Showcases Strong Recovery and Participation at 2022 CTO Conference

Saint Lucia Showcases Strong Recovery and Participation at 2022 CTO Conference

Tourism Officials from Saint Lucia participated in the 2022 Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) annual conference, held in the Cayman Islands from September 11-15, 2022.

Saint Lucia, having achieved 80% of its overall recovery, compared to 2019, anticipates a well-performing Fall tourism season with increased non-stop airlift from Toronto (YYZ) by way of Sunwing, Air Canada, and WestJet. From the United States, service continues from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Miami, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia.

From London, Virgin Atlantic will reintroduce service from Heathrow (LHR) on October 31, and non-stop airlift will continue with British Airways and TUI from Gatwick (LGW).

During the Conference, Charles-St Jules added another layer of accomplishment to her tourism leadership portfolio when she was pinned as one of the newest members of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. She will serve in the newly appointed capacity until 2024.

An exciting component of the annual conference is the Regional Tourism Youth Congress where Junior Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism around the region participate in a two-round Dr. Ernest Hilaire – Tourism Minister Junior Tourism Minister Jassie Thomas SLTA CEO Lorrine St. Jules appointed to CTO Board competition. Saint Lucia’s Junior Minister of Tourism, fifteen-year-old Jassie Thomas, of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School, competed against nine Junior Ministers, delivering a speech centered around the topic “Community Based Tourism”. The 2022 CTO conference reinforced Saint Lucia’s position on the continuous development of its sustainable airlift and targeted marketing strategy for the island’s tourism sector.

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