A latest choice by the Canadian Authorities is inflicting complications for some Caribbean tourism locations.
The Caribbean Resort and Tourism Affiliation (CHTA), the consultant physique for the area’s tourism sector, is asking Canada to rethink new pandemic testing guidelines.
That the CHTA says the choice will pressure already confused Caribbean public well being methods and trigger additional injury to the area’s economic system.
From January 7, Canada requires all of its residents in addition to all travellers coming into from the Caribbean to offer proof of a unfavorable COVID-19 PCR take a look at earlier than their deliberate departure to Canada.
“On behalf of the CHTA … we respectfully request reconsideration of this coverage for the Caribbean,” CHTA mentioned in a submission to Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and shared with Canadian Excessive Commissions and Consulates throughout the area.
“This coverage is creating challenges and locations even higher financial hardship on the folks and governments of the Caribbean and on the hundreds of Canadians at the moment within the Caribbean who’re scheduled to return house within the coming weeks,” mentioned CHTA’s appearing chief government officer and Director Common Vanessa Ledesma.
In accordance with the regional tourism physique, the coverage has resulted in a rash of cancellations by Canadians who had been scheduled to go to a number of Caribbean nations. Ledesma mentioned the transfer would injury already fragile companies and economies.
“Because the coverage takes impact, we anticipate many stranded Canadians being unable to return house resulting from their incapacity to get checks within the required time,” she confused.
The CHTA head mentioned she understood the coverage was meant to restrict the unfold of COVID-19 in Canada.
She added: “Our dedication to the well being and security of residents and travellers is finest demonstrated by the COVID-19 protocols and containment measures that are in place all through the Caribbean, and the hundreds of tourism staff who’ve undergone well being security coaching performed by CHTA and its well being security companions, the Caribbean Public Well being Company (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Tourism Group (CTO).”
Ledesma added that this was additional bolstered by the low tourism-related transmission charges within the area.
CHTA famous the area’s success in sustaining one of many lowest incident charges of COVID-19 on this planet, is basically due to the stringent well being, security and testing measures, that are in place, due to the management of many Caribbean Heads of Authorities, and the sturdy partnerships between the well being and tourism sectors. (IMC1)