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Friday, January 7, 2011 –  Tourist arrivals to the legendary island of Saint Lucia from the French mainland of France are on the rise with the introduction of the first direct flight between Paris and the Hewanorra International Airport.


The new weekly charter began service to Saint Lucia  on December 21, 2010 and is scheduled to operate 26 rotations through April 26.


The service is being operated by two major French tour operators—Karavel and NG Group.


Public Relations Manager at the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) Mr John Emmanuel, says the new flights provide Saint Lucia an important connection to the burgeoning French market.


“For us at the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, this new service means that there is indeed demand for Saint Lucia from France.    It is a market that we have been pursuing for the last couple of years and since then we have seen steady growth from that market as the number of French visitors to Saint Lucia continue to increase.”


The new flight departs from Paris’ Roissy Airport to Hewanorra International before heading to Isla-Marguerita and returning to Paris.


The flight’s capacity is three hundred and fifty four seats of which one hundred and ten of those are dedicated to Saint Lucia weekly.


Emmanuel says the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) provided marketing support for the service through its office in France.


“It is also nice to note that a number of hotesl in Saint Lucia—from the larger properties to the small intimate Inns—have all teamed up with the two travel partners that are putting on this flight to ensure that individuals hotels are also promoted as part of this new venture.”


Over the last three years, arrivals from France have steadily increased and the SLTB continues to expand the island’s presence in that market to encourage further growth.




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