Global Ports Holding engages cruise and tourism stakeholders in Saint Lucia

Leaders of Global Ports Holding (GPH) participated in a series of government-approved stakeholder meetings last week to discuss both community benefits and opportunities for collaboration in the cruise port project of Saint Lucia.

According to a press release, the partnership between the government of Saint Lucia and Global Ports Holding includes a 30-year concession agreement for cruise-related operations in Castries and Soufriere Bay.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with key stakeholders in the cruise and tourism industries in Saint Lucia,” said Colin Murphy, GPH Business Development Manager, Americas.

“We received such a warm welcome and such positive responses from the groups we spoke to. We recognize that building strong relationships with key stakeholders is a critical part of ensuring this partnership is successful for all, which is why we have made these conversations our immediate priority following the signing of the MoU.

Under the agreement, Global Ports Holding will upgrade Pier 1 at Pointe Séraphine to accommodate Oasis-class vessels. This is expected to increase the number of passengers to Saint Lucia from the annual peak of 790,000 to more than one million passengers per year.

Operations are also expected to reduce congestion and improve customer experience by introducing new ferries and ferry routes to Banannes Bay, LPC and Pointe Seraphine.

GPH will continue to invest in the expansion of cruise port infrastructure as well as cultural and heritage tourist sites by developing the Fisherman’s Village, Mall and Soufriere Bay.

“Over the past few days, we’ve shared our ideas and received great feedback on the needs and wants of the community and what we need to consider,” Murphy said.

“We know there’s a lot of work to be done, but we also know we can’t do it alone. Your success is our success and recognizing this, everyone’s voice matters. There are plenty of seats at this table.

GPH will also provide financial assistance to the Government of Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia Port and Air Authority (SLASPA) by assuming approximately $20 million of SLASPA debt.

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