St Lucia’s tourism industry is booming. So much so that British Airways, one of the islands leading transit links is increasing its flights to St Lucia!
St Lucia is positioned to break its 2005 record for tourist arrivals following British Airways’ decision to increase its airlift to the island.
Public relations manager with the Tourist Board John Emmanuel, says the development is ground breaking.
“We now have as never before a daily non-stop service from British Airways to St Lucia. That means that we are in a position to see a 40 per cent increase as far as capacity to St Lucia,” he said.
“The United Kingdom remains the second largest source market for St Lucia. Last year alone, figures out of that market totalled almost 70 thousand visitors; for us it is an important gateway.”
Presently, tourism accounts for approximately 64 per cent of St Lucia’s gross domestic product (GDP). With the potential increase in tourist arrivals, it is anticipated that the sector’s contribution to GDP will increase.
British Airways’ new daily non-stop flights from London Gatwick to Hewanorra International Airport began on March 27.