Here in St. Lucia, tourism is quite a bustling industry. Many of our visitors come from the United States, where until this past December, flights to the island only came from cities on the country’s east coast. In December of 2015, however, O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois began offering direct flights to St. Lucia. The result? A 15% increase in travel to the island from the Midwest region of the United States. This is certainly a significant increase, and it is one that has people in all areas of the tourism industry working hard to capitalize on.
Given that United States travelers are the primary source for international visits to the island, the Director and Deputy Director of St. Lucia’s tourism board are working hard to capitalize on these new visitors. Many hotels and resorts are adding new rooms and making new renovations to help welcome and accommodate these new guests, while Tourism Board directors are working hard to boost the country’s online presence to help highlight the island’s many exciting sights and attractions to travelers who are uncertain about their next vacation destination.
In short, the addition of flights from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Hewanorra International Airport is proving to be highly beneficial to the tourism industry here in St. Lucia while also providing an entirely new group of travelers with access to our beautiful island. St. Lucia is packed with exciting things to see and do, and with the help of companies like Real St. Lucia Tours, which caters to travelers looking for the best adventures and experiences the island has to offer, these new visitors are bound to fall in love with the island, creating not only a major increase in traffic from the Midwestern United States, but an entirely new group of repeat visitors as well.
Add to this services offered by companies like St. Lucia Airport Shuttle, which make even airport transfers more of a sightseeing adventure than a transportation service and you will see that St. Lucia is working hard to make sure that these new visitors to our island will want to come back again and again!