Antigua and Barbuda reopens with focus on region and diaspora tourists
Created : 2 June 2020
Jolly Harbour, Antigua
Come July 4, Antigua and Barbuda will open its doors to international travelers with daily flights from Miami.
The tourism authorities are also focusing on attracting Caribbean tourists and their countrymen in the diaspora for a 'Friends and Family' Reunion in November.
As the twin-island prepares to restart its tourism sector during the low-season, the emphasis is on ensuring the safety of its citizens and guests.
The islands, says Minister of Tourism Charles Fernandez, have properties that would provide seclusion and social distancing as required at this time.
He assures hotels have maintained a skeleton staff to keep their facilities in good shape and his Ministry hired an in-house doctor to advise on protocols for the hotels. He said a team from the Ministry will be visiting the hotels to ensure all protocols are being followed.
"After the hotels are checked and standards are met they will be issued a decal saying they passed the test and certified. Then a team will come in and train the staff," he says, noting that they trained and certified 300 taxi drivers.
Fernandez and Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority spoke to Loop about their plans.
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