St Lucia bets on Carnival

St Lucia bets on Carnival

Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda and a fistful of other territories host some of the best Carnival celebrations in the region. But they will soon have some fierce competition as St. Lucian tourism officials are redoubling efforts to make St. Lucia Carnival their premier event and a top celebration in the region.

New Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Senator Allen Chastanet, described Carnival spin-offs as potentially greater than the world renowned St Lucia Jazz festival. "I would like to see our bands develop their own kaiso and calypso sound ... so we can export our own music," said Chastanet, who noted that there was real value to be found in creativity and intellectual property. Source: Newsbeyond.com