Saturday 24 October, 2020

Government suspends cruise ship season due to COVID-19

The Government has taken the decision to suspend the arrival of cruise ships for the remainder of the 2019-2020 cruise season which started last November and ends on April 24, 2020.

The decision was taken prior to the announcement of Trinidad's first confirmed case and according to a statement by the Ministry of Tourism, it follows a recommendation from a Multi-sectoral Committee chaired by the Minister of Health that was created to treat with the COVID-19.

The Ministry said given the rapid spread of the infection, the potential economic loss from the epidemic entering Trinidad and Tobago outweighs the losses arising out of the decision.

Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell said: "public health and safety of our citizens are of utmost importance and there is urgent need to place safeguarding measures in place to protect our citizens from the potentially devastating effects of a COVID-19 epidemic.”

The statement further noted that the Tourism Ministry will continue to work with all stakeholders including cruise line executives, tour operators, agents and port officials to ensure that all relevant parties are kept abreast as the situation evolves.

“The Destinations have benefitted from a successful cruise season due in the most part to enhanced collaboration with all stakeholders. Continued engagement and dialogue are important in moving forward as we address this urgent threat to our industry and country. The travel and tourism industry has faced similar challenges and has emerged stronger and more resilient for it," the release ended. 

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