Le Roux delves into Saint Lucia's Tourism Open Data

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Data journalism: On tourism and Gros Piton

Hiking the Gros Piton Nature Trail in the southwestern region of St. Lucia is surely one of the “Must Do” items on any island visitor’s list.

It’s a steep walk that takes roughly 2 hours to the top. Hikers are rewarded with a vantage point that offers a view of the low-lying farmlands and the beautiful coastline of the town of Soufriere and surrounds. Also in view: The second, lower of the two “Pitons” - the distinctive volcanic spires that rise 770 m and 743 m above the sea respectively.

Tourists must be accompanied by a local guide which ads to the cost but ensures that the community living at the foot of the Pitons benefit from tourism to the forest-clad attractions.

“The combination of the Pitons against the backdrop of unspoilt lush and diverse natural tropical vegetation and a varying topography in a coastal setting gives the property its stunning natural beauty,” according to motivation provided by Unesco on why the The Pitons Management Area (PMA) was, in 2004, declared a World Heritage Site.

Following a recent visit to the PMA, South African journalist Le Roux Schoeman, produced this short video story on the experience in the light of St. Lucia’s new Open Data portal (http://data.govt.lc/stories) that will be officially launched to in Castries this week.

Schoeman was part of a visiting delegation of data journalists from Code for Africa who were part of the World Bank-led team who delivered the “data literacy bootcamp” that took place in the capital from 5-7 June. The “d|Bootcamp” was hosted by the Department of Public Service and the Department for International Development (UKAID), with support from the World Bank Group, Code for Africa, and the SlashRoots Foundation. Working with him on the story was Tricia Govindasamy, a Code for Africa “data wrangler” from Durban, South Africa.

St. Lucia Open Data