by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The New Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Marsha Henderson engaged with stakeholders with an interactive meeting with Hoteliers and Taxi and Tour Bus Operators on August 23 and continued on August 24.
The occasion served as an introductory meeting between the new Tourism Minister and the stakeholders in the sector and an opportunity to facilitate dialogue that enhances industry standards and partnerships.
Taxi and Tour operator, Tatem’s Taxi And Tours -St. Kitts commented on Facebook, saying the session was “Very informative and interactive.”
Minister Henderson shared her experience in her new role as Minister of Tourism and her interaction with the tourism team and alluded to areas the sector is looking to improve.
Before the change in administration, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority had indicated the need to diversify the product in St. Kitts and Nevis, especially during the summer months when the cruise industry arrivals are reduced.
SKTA CEO Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson, in the first quarter of 2022, said a challenge facing the St. Kitts Tourism product, limited regional airlift and the need for community-based tourism initiatives.
Another challenge was the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tourism industry in St. Kitts and Nevis has been on the rebound after it was forcibly shuttered due to the travel protocols put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus during its height of spread globally.
Although the COVID-19 virus is still spreading and mutating, most countries have removed or limited travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
In St. Kitts, the adult vaccination coverage in the Federation is just under 80 percent fully vaccinated and with 10 percent of adults boosted with under 20 percent of children between the ages of 12 to 17 years fully vaccinated.
Health officials have credited the country’s vaccination coverage as the reason for the low spread of the virus, severe symptomatic cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
Additionally, as of August 15, no citizen, resident, and international traveller entering the Federation would no longer require a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination or have to quarantine on arrival.