President of the St. Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association, Ras Peter “Ipa” Isaac, has expressed mixed reviews about the economic performance of the 2023 Cruise Season. While the Mr. Isaac noted that some merchants were able to secure profits following the push to revitalize the tourism sector, others were not so lucky. These statements come as the higher occupancy winter months make way for the summer period.

According to the vendors association president, one way vendors can address the situation is by customizing marketing strategies to entice younger consumer demographics with more disposable income. Isaac also believes that tour operators may help steer traffic towards the market if they include the vendors arcade into the visitor itinerary.

Voice of Ras Peter “Ipa” Isaac

While he is adamant that there is more work to be done, Isaac says he is pleased with the plans to redevelop Port Castries, by Global Port Holdings. amongst other projects.

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