CHTA CEO Encouraged by Progress in Fight Against COVID-19

Although Frank Comito, CEO and director normal of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), lauded the coordination between many of the region’s governments, the tourism business and community health authorities to lessen the outcomes of COVID-19 (coronavirus), he said the battle isn’t in excess of yet, noting there is no vaccine offered.

“To start with, our economies rely on people, and 2nd, COVID-19 is not likely away shortly, so we have to do every thing doable to lessen possibility to both of those our residents and people although slowly but surely reopening tourism,” he said in a assertion.

Comito included that he was inspired by the perform getting undertaken by lots of jurisdictions, pointing to destinations like the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, St. Maarten, Aruba, Curaçao and other folks that have been functioning with tourism and health officers, local resort and tourism associations, individual hotels, resorts and the business community to create rules. In addition to the international locations outlined by Comito, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos have also designed strides in direction of reopening their borders to people. Comito observed the Caribbean tourism sector has a historical past of getting able to rebound strongly from adversity these kinds of as hurricanes, 9/eleven, Zika, chikungunya, volcano eruptions and earthquakes. 

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The CHTA CEO said traveler confidence in the location would be strengthened by developing on these kinds of experiences. “We are observing an unprecedented degree of collaboration and resolve to regulate the hazards from this new virus,” Comito said. “Health safety protocols and rules are getting set in position, mirroring the international criteria, which have been advisable, and incorporating far more stringent measures. Training is underway and sizeable training and protocols will proceed to come on stream. The procedure has not been simple as we are all treading uncharted waters, but we are all functioning from the prevalent placement of minimizing hazards to our residents and travelers.” 

CHTA is a member of the COVID-19 Caribbean Tourism Activity Power, established early in March and comprising CHTA, the Caribbean Community Wellbeing Company (CARPHA), the Caribbean Tourism Group (CTO), the Group of Jap Caribbean States (OECS), and the Worldwide Tourism Resilience & Crisis Administration Centre (GTRCMC). 

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