St Kitts and Nevis is preparing to welcome tourists back to the twin island nation, and in doing so the Government has started a series of training programs for hospitality stakeholders including restaurants, bars and tour operators. The programs are expected to run through August 27.
The Prime Minister made recents remarks reaffirming that the islands cannot afford to become complacent. He said “the JNF Hospital now has the equipment to do high quality tests for COVID-19, and we are working to […] put staff in training so that we can do more tests in St Kitts and Nevis.”
When the twin islands reopen for tourists, only certified service operators who successfully followed and completed the necessary training programs will be allowed to operate.
Tourism in St Kitts and Nevis has been on the rise in recent years. In terms of Cruise passengers alone, the country hit the one million passenger milestone for the past 2 years in a row. The government expects this trajectory to continue, especially after inaugurating a second cruise pier at Port Zante in St Kitts. In terms of stay over tourists, the US market accounts for 75%, Canada 10% and the UK 15%. The government is working closely with golf clubs to promote St Kitts and Nevis to the wider Canadian market.
Finally, while the government of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis has not yet decided on a date to reopen borders, the Minister of Tourism announced there will be a phased approach. This will see St Kitts and Nevis fully reopening locally, then regionally and lastly to International tourists.
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