by Dominique Lescott
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Melnecia Marshall, the Product Development Manager, encouraged licensed tour operators and vendors to become part of the travel approved bubble. To do so, tour operators need to be a) fully vaccinated, as all passengers over 12 are vaccinated, and b) businesses must attend the travel approved training facilitated by the Tourism Authority which is free.
In addition, vendors need to include a description of the tour to ensure the health and safety protocols are being adhered to. A booking alone is not sufficient.
The tourism season officially started on Monday, November 1, 2021. This week (November 15-19), there will be a cruise ship docked at Port Zante every day. Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 16, 2021) three cruise ships will be docked at Porte Zante, with two returning ships – the Celebrity Equinox and Explorer of the Sea, in addition to the inaugural call of the Aida Perla.
Thursday (November 18), St. Kitts welcomes back the Allure of the Seas which can host up to 6,000 passengers, at Port Zante. The ship will include a mixture of passengers, both adults, and children, and is the second-largest vessel.
Two things the St. Kitts Tourism Authority has done to assist businesses with sales during this restart include the promotion of those businesses to the cruise ships and secondly, the location of the drop-off has been changed to the original taxi area. Therefore, the cruise ship passengers will have to walk through Porte Zante to get to and from their tours.
Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority said “we have worked with the Task Force to put in place protocols.” Brown added, “We worked hard to get the cruise ships here, and as Minister Grant says it’s a process, it’s a phased approach. The Caribbean remains the safest place to travel”.
All passengers over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated. Those under 12 have to be tested prior to travel.
CEO Brown said “I want to thank those on the front line”, Brown refers to them as the “the A-team”.
Watch the full conversation on Island Tea here: