SLHTA’s World Tourism Day Message – “Tourism and Rural Development”

The President of the St. Lucia Tourism and Hospitality Association, Karolin Troubetzkoy yesterday delivered a message marking World Tourism Day on September 27th 2020.

This year’s theme is “Tourism and Rural Development”.

Zurab Pololikashvili, the UNWTO Secretary- General, said that “Tourism helps rural communities hold onto their unique natural and cultural heritage, supporting conservation projects, including those safeguarding endangered species, lost traditions or flavours.”

Mrs. Troubetzkoy in her address noted that the theme “Tourism and Rural Development” fits very nicely with us here in Saint Lucia where our Government recently signed the Village Tourism Incorporated Grant Agreement along with the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF)”.

She went on to note that “the Village Tourism initiative is in keeping with the Government of Saint Lucia’s plan to improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector, through deliberate planning and management of the provision of tourism services at the community level, to reduce sector leakages caused by a lack of local ownership. Village Tourism will focus on homestays, small intimate and exotic hotels, restaurants, bars and shops; all of which will embrace the unique socio-cultural and architectural attributes of the target locations”.

The full message from Karolin Troubetzkoy can be read here