The Sandals Grande St Lucian Property in St Lucia.

St Lucia is a ‘destination of choice’, despite COVID warning, says tourism authority

The Sandals Grande St Lucian Property in St Lucia.

Tourism stakeholders say St Lucia remains a destination of choice despite a recent spike in COVID-19 cases which may have triggered its designation as ‘high risk’ by the US Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

St Lucia has recorded 262 coronavirus cases. (Photo: cpressrelease.com)

Earlier this week the CDC issued a Level 3 COVID-19 alert for St Lucia, stating that the level of COVID-19 cases on the island are ‘high’ and cautioning Americans against all non-essential travel to the island.

“Saint Lucia, however, remains a destination of top choice to travellers and even amid this global pandemic her place on the international scale remains,” said Public Relations Manager for the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), Geraine Georges.

“We acknowledge this placement given the recent spike in cases in the country,” added Georges.

Georges went on to explain St Lucia had begun to see a tapering off in its COVID-19 figures and was hopeful that it would soon be restored to a position where there would be no travel advisory.

“As it stands, entry protocols remain the same, the number of registrations for entry per day has not dwindled and so we will continue to place strong emphasis on protocols especially within the tourism sector and like we have always noted, swift action will be taken to reinforce any known loopholes,” the SLTA official noted.

On December 2, St Lucia recorded three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the island’s virus tally to 262.

–Denieca Daniels