Ministry of Tourism hosts annual stakeholders meeting

(ZIZ News) — On Tuesday various agencies in the Tourism Industry met at the Marriott Resort for the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) stakeholders meeting

The aim was to discuss the goals and objectives necessary to chart the way forward for tourism in the Federation.

During her welcome remarks CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Raquel Brown said the country looks forward to growth in upcoming Cruise seasons.

“I know it has been a lot of hard work for everyone in this room but we’re are also looking forward to the 16th, 17th season because there is more to come. As we move forward what we are trying to do is to ensure that as we continue to grow, St. Kitts and Nevis as a cruise destination does so sustainably and that we don’t make the mistakes of other Cruise destinations in the past”, Brown said.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Lindsay Grant said the ministry is working on implementing new measures for the approaching Cruise seasons.

“St. Kitts as a destination is now approaching the status of a marquee port but this is not without challenges. The ministry has been receiving numerous complaints related to the cruise visitor experience. In an effort to curb this behaviour and not compromise our destination we will from the next season implement new measures which we believe will go a long way towards improving the present position”, the Minister stated.

During his featured remarks, Minister Grant reminded all stakeholders that everyone has a part to play in the development of the Cruise and Tourism sector.

“It is important that I remind everyone here that Tourism is everyone’s business. We all have a stake in the continued development of the Cruise sector. It is important that we operate at a standard that gives everyone an equal opportunity to make money while at the same time providing our guest a wonderful Kittitian experience”, he expressed.

The Cruise Tourism Consultation is organized every year by the Ministry Of Tourism, The St. Kitts Nevis Tourism Authority and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association to review the destination’s existing strategies and tactics for reaching potential visitors.

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