Thursday 9 July, 2020

Tourism Minister welcomes repatriation of cruise ship workers

Tourism Minister, Randall Mitchell

Tourism Minister, Randall Mitchell

Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell has welcomed the return of six of the country’s cruise ship workers, who arrived in T&T on Saturday night. 

This was the first group to be granted permission by the Minister of National Security, as part of Government’s phased approach to repatriating nationals who are crew members, since the closure of this country’s borders on March 22 and the early closure of the 2019/2020 cruise ship season.

A second group comprising 52 nationals also returned to the country on Monday.

In a statement, Mitchell said he was happy that the successes resulting from Government’s adherence to scientific decision-making, enabled Trinidad and Tobago to have no new reported cases since April 26.

He stated: "The crew members can now be welcomed home as the resources are available to ensure their care and treatment during the mandatory 14 day state quarantine period, and safe return to their respective families”.

The Minister added that it was always the intention of the Government to repatriate crew members and applauded the fact that this action commenced immediately after the country became free of positive COVID-19 cases.

Mitchell noted: “The cruise ship industry is of great importance to the overall development of tourism and a source of lucrative employment to many nationals, who continue to promote the country and encourage visitors to come to our country”.

He added that the Ministry of Tourism appreciates the respective contributions being made by cruise ship and other tourism workers outside of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Tourism Minister also wished the crew members continued success in their chosen careers as the cruise season reopens and stated that Government would continue the relationship building process with the various cruise lines to ensure their consideration of Port of Spain as a cruise destination in the future.

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