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OECS Congratulates Hon. Dominic Fedee - Incoming Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization

OECS Congratulates Hon. Dominic Fedee - Incoming Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization

OECS Media Statement

The OECS Commission on behalf of all of its Member States congratulates Saint Lucia’s Minister for Tourism The Hon. Dominic Fedee on his appointment to Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. 

Minister Fedee brings a wealth of experience to the role to drive and elevate the Caribbean’s tourism brand and global positioning.

OECS Commission Tourism Specialist, Ms. Maria Fowell said in an era of both emerging tourism destinations and source tourist markets such as Asia, it was incumbent upon all Caribbean tourism professionals to augment the region as one of the world’s most iconic destinations.

“Tourism is the lead economic sector in the OECS, contributing as much as 85% and 94% to GDP and employment respectively in some island states” said Ms. Fowell.

“OECS economies are highly dependent on the sector with direct tourism receipts accounting for 50 percent or more of export earnings.

"We are delighted with the appointment of Minister Fedee to continue the work achieved thus far and welcome the insights he will bring to the role in strengthening the Caribbean Tourism brand for greater impact of tourism, an important development driver for our national economies.

“We look forward to working with the CTO and Minister Fedee to tackle some of the issues facing the region such as harmonizing standards and practices that will facilitate travel and make the region and its tourism experiences more accessible to visitors.

“We also look forward to examining new investments in areas such as web-based sales and infrastructure to support the needs of our in-bound tourists as the industry continues to grow.

“The OECS Commission will continue working closely with our partners to ensure that our regional tourism products are not only sustainable but work for the benefit of every citizen across the OECS as part of our broader regional integration movement" said Ms. Fowell. 


The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), is the region’s tourism development agency, with 24 Dutch, English, Spanish and French country members and a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination. Its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.


   This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.5: Drive Key Economic Priorities.
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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Morne Fortune
Saint Lucia