The tri-island destination Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is preparing for the gradual reopening of its borders in the coming weeks while creating a new way of doing business in the tourism industry. The main areas of focus, according to the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), are the training of tourism personnel and implementing new health and safety standards. Already, training is ongoing in the accommodation, transportation and food and beverage sectors under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.
The Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA) is a key partner in these activities and the organization held two training sessions for the accommodation sector on the new way of doing business, the latest being on Friday June 5 for accommodation managers, owners and senior staff.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and the GTA are also continuously engaging stakeholders in training. Taxi drivers were trained on June 3 and sessions were held on June 5 for housekeeping staff, maintenance staff, cleaners, laundry, security, porter services and stakeholders in the food and beverage sector facilitated by environmental health officer Deryck Ramkhelawan. The training sessions are conducted via Zoom and are recorded and will be distributed.
In the meantime, Maurice Bishop International Airport in Grenada and Lauriston Airport in Carriacou are preparing for the restart of commercial airport traffic in the coming weeks. A delegation led by the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen toured the international airport to view firsthand its state of readiness for full operations. Guests can expect physical distance markers and signage, areas for additional screening of passengers, thermal cameras for temperature-monitoring and other measures.
While this work is ongoing, the GTA says it continues to engage travel advisors in the source markets through webinars to keep them informed of major updates and what their clients can enjoy when visiting the destination. Additionally, the GTA is preparing to restart domestic tourism by encouraging the accommodation sector to offer specials to locals.