(ZIZ News) – On Sunday [November 1st], Minister of Tourism, Hon. Lindsay Grant officially launched Tourism Month 2015.
During a national address, he encouraged residents to work toward making tourists’ experiences enjoyable.
“I am happy to reiterate that we shall be welcoming our one millionth cruise ship passenger during the 2015/2016 cruise season. This means additional opportunities for small businesses and local communities,” the Minister said adding that they “are encouraging prospective entrepreneurs to devise creative and workable ideas for new attractions so that guests can be fully engaged.”
Minister Grant wants greater emphasis to be placed on attracting stay over passengers.
“We recognise however, that we have much work to do in the area of stay over tourists. The opening of Kittitian Hill at Belmont Farm, continued work on the Park Hyatt Hyatt Hotel at Banana Bay, construction of the Koi Resort and Residences and other real estate projects, points to the need for us to intensify our marketing strategy and to grow our stay over arrivals,” the minister added.
Tourism Month is being observed under the theme “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities” and will feature activities including a yachting forum, talks in schools, and a video/photo competition.