In Pointe-à-Pitre, traders are ready to welcome them. Many activities are planned, including a craft fair and the opening of certain shops on Sundays in December.
Badi Faddoul, honorary president of the Union des Services et commerce pointois, explains this experiment. “On Sundays, in general, we have both arrived and we are closed. So these two bodies, which are the Town Hall of Pointe à Pitre and the Chamber of Commerce, and I have asked us to make an effort to open, to welcome cruise passengers. So we will be open first of all on the 4th, 11th and 18th of December with a craft fair at the Saint-Antoine market. There will be communication to get the Guadeloupeans to go a little down to the city center. And at the same time we will offer tourists, cruise passengers welcome to the market.If this first trial works, we will continue in 2023, that is until April 9, 2023.
In Pointe-à-Pitre, the municipality is already at the start to give a warm welcome to visitors. By emphasizing a clean city as well as promoting local manufacturing, Harry Durimel, the mayor, hopes to have a successful cruise season. “Pointe à Pitre has adorned itself with its finest assets. We have emphasized security and mobilized all our teams. The town community has played its full role and we are preparing to give our visitors a warm welcome. The merchants in the city center are also prepared for it. At the Saint Antoine market, formerly a spice market, there will also be entertainment, presentations of traditional activities, local productions in a period that our traders and artisans love. The pedestrian street must also be a place where local products are sold. We focus on local production and not imported products to discover our artistic creativity.”
By Karl Lorand and Lynda Cayarcy for RCI Guadeloupe