Winehouse toasted by St Lucia tourism chief

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St Lucia's tourism chief is praising Amy Winehouse for bringing publicity to the Caribbean island.

Local media have closely covered the troubled singer's presence since she arrived in December, accusing her of everything from tossing a drink on a tourist to throwing up at a breakfast buffet.

But Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet says every picture shows Winehouse smiling or interacting with the locals, and the overall impact has been positive.

Mr Chastanet told a TV station that the government sent her a gift basket of local products.

In a competitive world, he said, "any edge that you can get, you hang on to it".

Winehouse's rocky marriage and problems with drugs and police have been widely publicised.