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Tough Times Ahead For The Tourism Sector

By Clive Bacchus

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday (Oct 31) announced a four-week lockdown of England, calling on people to stay at home with no exemption for staying away from home on holiday.

New measures, effective Thursday (November 5) until December 2, shutter non-essential shops and venues. While schools and universities remain open, people are only allowed to leave their homes for work, to shop for food and essentials, medical appointments and exercise.

Experts predict that tougher measures may have to be implemented if this lockdown does not yield the desired results.

British Airways previously scheduled to resume flights to St. Kitts and Nevis on November 7, with weekly flights for November from Gatwick to the RLB International Airport, had already suspended those flights before the British Prime Minister’s announcement.

The UK now has over 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and close to 47,000 deaths.

US flights, from Miami to Robert L Bradshaw, are scheduled to resume on Saturday (November 7).

The US added over 78,000 new cases on Saturday (Oct 31) after a reported two straight days of national records of close to 100,000 new cases ahead of Tuesday elections.

Local officials have implemented a comprehensive raft of public health safety measures to protect locals and visitors as the country reopened borders on Saturday (October 31)

The Federation, according to Statista, welcomed 1.2 million international visitors in 2019 with the travel and tourism sector directly representing over 10 percent of GDP or an estimated US$1.66 billion.

With the St. Kitts and Nevis’s borders reopened on Saturday(October 31) after being closed since March, and coronavirus surges in the country’s major tourism source markets, Europe and the USA, the final two months in 2020 pose a tough challenge for travel and tourism.

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