Dr. Ernest Hilarie in Saint Lucia’s new Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture, and Information.
Hilarie is a former Saint Lucian diplomat and he represents the Castries South constituency in the House of Assembly for the Saint Lucia Labour Party.
As part of his immediate order of business, the Minister will convene meetings with the tourism sector to include the Ministry of Tourism, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, and private sector organizations to gain visibility on the current plans. These meetings will provide meaningful insight and will ensure that the strategy set forth for promoting Saint Lucia is one which positions the destination for full recovery and sustainable growth.
The Minister said: “Tourism is one of the main economic drivers of the Saint Lucian economy which strengthens our supply chain, promotes economic development, and creates significant employment. Therefore, given my experience, coupled with the amalgamation of my portfolios which function inter-connectedly with our tourism product, I look forward to serving wholeheartedly, with focus on further bolstering the tourism sector and placing people at the centre of the sector.”
Dr. Hilaire served as Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2012- 2016.