Sunday 25 October, 2020

Tourism workers on Nevis being trained ahead of borders reopening

[iStock.com/Kusska]

[iStock.com/Kusska]


Over 1000 tourism workers on the island of Nevis stand to benefit from mandatory COVID-19 sensitisation sessions as the Federation prepares to reopen its borders.

The training sessions are being by the Tourism Ministry in collaboration with the Nevis Island Administration and the Ministry of Health.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of  Tourism, John Hanley said these sessions were mandated by the Federation’s COVID-19 Task Force in response to the pandemic.

He said: “We have to negotiate a delicate balance between ensuring the safety of our citizens and visitors. We must protect them from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the financial viability and economic survival of tourism stakeholders, especially given the significant contribution of tourism to the economy of the Federation.”

Hanley said adequate preparation is necessary as the Federations major source markets are COVID-19 hotspots.

He said any attempt to remain competitive and relevant hinges on a paradigm shift and new customer service requirements.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

The Ministries of Health and Tourism will then join forces to guide further in-house training.

A date has not yet been set for the reopening of St Kitts and Nevis borders.

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