August 10, 2020

STATEMENT BY THE SVG HOTEL AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION

As countries struggle globally to manage the spread of COVID-19 and its potentially devastating impacts, St Vincent and the Grenadines, along with the rest of the Caribbean region, has been grappling with the temporary “drying-up” of our critically important Tourism sector.

The region’s response has received kudos from the international community on the way it has tackled the virus to date, resulting in a manageable number of COVID-19 cases. Our country has so far managed successfully to keep the numbers of infected persons at a minimum.

While the local tourism sector continues to struggle with the fall-out, the SVG Hotel and Tourism Association has recognized its Corporate Social Responsibility and many of its members have responded positively to a request for assistance from the authorities in accepting persons arriving on certain flights to be accommodated as a TRANSITION HOTEL.

None of the persons checking in have tested positive for the Virus. Persons who have tested positive are housed at an official isolation facility. Protocol dictates that even though these guests have not tested positive for the virus, they are placed in transition hotels, and are not allowed in public areas or to leave their rooms until a specified date.

The Association would sincerely like to thank the public for their continued support during these difficult times and to assure you that these hotel guests in no way pose a threat to other patrons. We see our actions as helping to control the potential spread of COVID-19, as returning nationals and visitors are fully supervised at the properties and are unable to interact with family members or go into public areas, while helping to keep our staff employed.

As we all continue to do our part in managing the spread of the virus, we ask the public to also continue to do their part by – Wearing Masks, Hand Sanitizing and Practicing Social Distancing.