Published on : Wednesday, July 8, 2020
The authorities of Caribbean health and tourism COVID-19 Caribbean Tourism Task Force has recently declared about a new effort that would help in protecting traveler’s and employee’s health in a recent virtual press conference. They have unveiled plans about comprehensive health safety guidelines carried on by an aggressive training module targeted at reaching thousands of the tourism employees of the region in the upcoming months.
The first set of instructions includes full checklists supported by health safety training for different sectors in the tourism industry like ground transportation, accommodation providers, food and beverage, and attractions. Also, general health safety procedures have been developed and will be supported with training delivered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to several tourism employees as well as owners.
Companies in the region which will take part in the training module will be
recognized, and the providers of accommodation who will connect with CARPHA’s online Tourism Health Information System (THiS) will be eligible to get the Caribbean Travel Health Assurance (CTHA) Stamp, adding further assurance to travelers about their commitment to health safety.
Setting up upon an exclusive collaboration established in the last five years by CARPHA and the public and private sector tourism stakeholders of the region, and earmarking the harsh negative impact which COVID-19 could have on the economies dependent on tourism of the region, CARPHA, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) started working on COVID-19 preventative and education campaigns from early February.
This created formalization of the COVID-19 Caribbean Tourism Task Force a
month later between CARPHA, CTO and CHTA. Later, they were joined by the Jamaica-based Global Tourism Resiliency and Crisis Management Centre
(GTRCMC) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Commission (OECSC).
Not planned to put back specific national and territorial instructions, or those being laid in place by specific hotels and the industry, the procedures serve to strengthen as well as balance existing strategies which have been drawn up to alleviate COVID-19 spread.
“We started working with this (initiative) in January with the Member States and we have been leading the regional health response in this matter of COVID-19.
Public health is our mandate, and in looking at how we can ensure we open up to tourism safely, we had guidance from not only our own technical sources but also the guidance and the wisdom of those in the field,” said Dr. Joy St. John,