The community of Anse La Raye on October has received a cheque of US$ 1, 865,671.00 to advance plans for the development of village tourism.
The US$1.8 million dollars will go towards the development of quality community infrastructure which will see the upgrading of the Fish Fry vending stalls and the village square, the creation of waterfront local seafood restaurants, bars, and a café.
The advanced stages of the project will also see the conversion of the Old Police Station to include Government offices and an information booth at the Foundation, The upgrading of the Jetty and Installation of Moorings.
Tourism Minister and Parliamentary representative for Anse La Raye / Canaries called on young people of the community to step outside their comfort zones and seize all budding opportunities to become entrepreneurs and creators of employment.
The Village Tourism Project will convert eight (8) communities into tourism destinations for locals and visitors, showcasing the unique culture, heritage, and history of Gros-Islet, Anse La Raye, Canaries, Soufriere, Choiseul, Vieux Fort, Micoud and Dennery.
Ambassador H.E. Peter Chia-yen Chen of the Embassy of the Republic of China -Taiwan said, “Taiwan is proud to be able to add strength to village tourism promoted by the government of Saint Lucia. Saint Lucia and Taiwan are very similar in culture and experiences and we are looking forward to seeing a brighter future in the tourism industry.”