Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has agreed to set up a taskforce to further analyze issues of concern to the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association. The Prime Minister and the Tourism Minister met with members of the association on Thursday. President of the SLHTA, Sanovnick Destang, described it as a very ‘spirited, very frank and very open’ discussion. One of the pressing issues for members was a proposed government head tax of US $5. Given a recent decline in arrivals for some of the SLHTA members they are understandably concerned about the impact that the head tax may have on business that is already slow. Destang has indicated that government communicated its commitment to the Tourism sector and its willingness to work with the SLHTA to help determine the best way forward. Destang says the discussion was also important because some of the government’s decisions are not necessarily set in stone as yet, especially with regard to taxation. So the task force is being set up by the government to assess the situation and determine how to proceed with taxation of the sector.