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Contact:  Ahara King


Friday 30 September 2011 Parliamentary Representative for Anse-La-Raye/Canaries, Honourable Dr. Keith Mondesir, has announced plans for tourism development in the village of Canaries.


Dr. Mondesir says the intention is to attract tourist dollars which normally filters right through to Soufriere.


“We believe that tourism is one of the ways to go. We are at the doorstep to the mecca of tourism, which is Soufriere. We have said that tourists will not come any where if they don’t have something to see. In Canaries, we didn’t have much to see, but we have began by refurbishing the village square.

The Member of Parliament says the square will be constructed at a cost of three hundred and seventy thousand dollars ($370,000).

The attraction, Mondesir says, will highlight a variety of aspects of the heritage and history of Canaries, including the celebration of Anse-La-Verdue where the closest descendants of Caribs in Saint Lucia reside.

“Also, we have renovated an old church—100 years old—into an art gallery.  A local art gallery where local artists will display their talent. Also, they will be able to ply their trade at the venue.”


Within the new art gallery, Mondesir says, will be a retail outlet for Caribella Soap—a product made in Saint Lucia out of local herbs.


Additionally, a restaurant and at least 6 kiosks where locals can sell their crafts and souvenirs will be part of the layout.


Mondesir says the idea is to create tourist attractions to derive economic benefits for residents.  Government has also committed to providing a facelift for a number of houses in the general vicinity of the new tourist attraction.

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