Thursday 22 October, 2020

St Kitts & Nevis tourism sector still unaffected by coronavirus

While some islands have reported a decrease in visitor arrivals and a marked increased in cancelled/postponed bookings since the coronavirus first made its way to the Caribbean, tourists are still arriving in St Kitts and Nevis in droves.

Just this week, five cruise ships berthed in St Kitts, bringing with them a combined total of 16 725 visitors to the island in just two days.

The Seabourn Odyssey berthed at Port Zante on March 9 with 417 passengers and 358 crew members.

On March 10, The Norwegian Gem (3567), the Symphony of the Seas (7995) and the Azura (4195) docked at Port Zante while the Sea Dream 2 (193) anchored at South Friars Bay.

Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant said the St Kitts and Nevis tourism product continues to shine despite the challenges presented by the spread of the coronavirus.

He told Loop News that St Kitts and Nevis was recently named Caribbean Journals  Cruise Destination of the Year in the publications Caribbean Travel Awards 2020.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Timothy Harris has given the assurance that all the necessary steps are being taken to ensure that the Federation is prepared to treat with the virus.

In an address to the nation, he said even though there are currently no confirmed cases, given the spread of the virus, it’s probably only a matter of time before it reaches their shores.

 “Our government has therefore been on high alert and the CMO has assured that we are taking every precaution and making all the necessary preparations to respond and contain the spread of the virus when it arrives. All of us must take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves, our families, communities and indeed our beloved Federation. We must respond appropriately and calmly at all times," he said.

PM Harris said a lot about the virus is still unknown and because of this he thinks it imperative that everyone accept their individual responsibility for boosting their immune system and contributing to efforts to curb the potential spread of the virus.

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