Saint Lucia Crop Damage From Hurricane Elsa Put At Over $34 Million

Saint Lucia’s agriculture industry took a massive hit from the passage of Hurricane Elsa on Friday, with a preliminary estimate of damage to crops, including bananas and plantains, put at over $34 million.

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, made the disclosure Sunday night when he, Infrastructure Minister Stephenson King and Agriculture Minister, Ezechiel Joseph, appeared on the National Television Network (NTN) to provide an update to the nation...Read More
Celebrity Millennium Ignites Renewed Hope For Cruise Sector

Celebrity Millennium officially berthed at Pointe Seraphine, Castries last Tuesday, just about 7:40 a.m., bringing 414 passengers to the island, 404 of which are fully vaccinated adults, along with 10 minors.  

The Ministry of Tourism, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Events Company of Saint Lucia alone with the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, Management of Duty Free Pointe Seraphine Shopping Complex – Invest Saint Lucia, employees of Tour Agents – Foster and Ince and Cox and Company Ltd. welcomed guests to the sounds of cultural steel pan music and a masquerade depicting a mini carnival.

There were also warm greetings from three Saint Lucian nationals employed with Celebrity Millennium who expressed the joy of being back home and back on the job...Read More
Will the US-Canada border reopen this summer?

In a normal, pre-COVID-19 summer, scores of pleasure boats are anchored in Lake Champlain off the Burlington waterfront by July 4, with most of them from Canada. But the anchorage is nearly empty this year because of the ongoing border closure.

People who rely on those boaters directly and indirectly hope Canadians are back soon enough to avoid losing a second summer to the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to welcome our visitors from Canada so that they can really embrace our new location in Burlington because I know that they are going to like it as much as we do,” said Elizabeth White, the director of development for Dream Yacht Charter. The company, which rents live-aboard sailing vessels to tourists across the world, moved its Lake Champlain operations to Burlington from upstate New York in 2020...Read More
COVID-19: UK Minister Says Masks Will Become Personal Choice

England will move into a period without legal restrictions where the public will have to exercise “personal responsibility” including on face masks, the housing secretary has said. Robert Jenrick told the BBC’s Andrew Marr people would “come to different conclusions” over masks, but he trusted people “to exercise good judgement”...Read More
Carbon offsetting is an important part of a hotel sustainability strategy

Carbon offsetting is a phrase which is being increasingly used in the tourism industry. Travelers are looking for ways to reduce the impact of their own lives, particularly linked to travel. This is one part of the sustainability jigsaw, which is creating a competitive advantage for forward-thinking hotels...Read More
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