Cape fights to keep £20 million trade with St Helena

The RMS St Helena is said to bring £20 million worth of business into Cape Town every year – and the city is fighting to keep it, according to MoneyWeb, a South African financial website. It says the figure comes from the island’s departing economy chief, Julian Morris. It says the ship has “significant economic […]

Economy chief responds to concern over Solomon’s role

Disquiet has been expressed over the fact that St Helena’s economic supremo has a place on the board of the island’s biggest company. Julian Morris is head of the Enterprise St Helena development agency, which has the job of building a private enterprise culture on the island. He also represents St Helena Government on the board of Solomon […]

Tourism leaders welcome more sailings, but not the selling

A new strategy for operating the RMS St Helena has been given a mixed response by tourism leaders on the island. A proposed new sailing schedule was welcomed at a meeting with Enterprise St Helena officials, but there was strong criticism of “counter-productive” marketing. Julian Morris, head of economic development, said he had intervened since […]

Ascension voyages saved in new RMS schedule

A feared cut to the number of RMS St Helena voyages to Ascension island appears to have been averted. Julian Morris, head of economic development, revealed details of the ship’s proposed schedule at a meeting with the St Helena tourism association. He said: “The number of Ascension calls unchanged.” The concern arose because of a drop in the […]

Adapt or fail, says economy boss who finds business ‘too hard’

The man in charge of transforming St Helena’s economy has praised people in business on the island – because couldn’t do it himself. It’s too tough. Julian Morris said running a tourism business was the hardest of all. But the chief executive for economic development also said it was about to get tougher still for […]

Poor hygeine and a grumpy waitress: why tourism must improve

The food was good and the service was excellent, for at least one person who responded to a survey of eating out on St Helena. But others felt they did not get their just desserts. The insight was presented by Julian Morris, the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the island’s Tourism Association. “When […]

Ascension sailings in doubt as St Helena fights for flights

Looking from the bridge of the RMS towards the crane and bows, with Ascension in the distance

A big drop in tourist numbers on St Helena has been blamed partly on last year’s sudden cut in spaces on RAF flights. Efforts are being made to restore the island’s allocation of seats on the “airbridge” between Ascension and RAF Brize Norton in the UK. In the meantime, there’s uncertainty over the future frequency […]

Minimum wage moves to start ‘without delay’

A law to introduce a minimum wage on St Helena is to be brought into force as soon as possible. Protection against being unfairly sacked is also set to be brought in under the 2010 Employment Rights Ordinance. It comes less than a month after the man in charge of economic development said wages on […]

Put up prices and pay staff more, says economy chief

Saint businesses need to put their prices up so they can pay higher wages, according to the man driving St Helena’s economic transformation. Julian Morris told Saint FM: “Wages on the island need to increase because, in my view, the standard of living is not high enough. “That, in turn, is going to drive a […]

Efforts continue on St Helena broadband

The campaign to divert an underwater internet cable via St Helena continues to attract publicity around the world. The latest report is on the Computer Active website, which compares the island with an English village. It quotes Julian Morris, chief executive for economic development on St Helena, who says: “There would need to be support […]