Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Assoc. Asks Canada to Reverse COVID-19 Travel Requirement
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
CHTA Acting CEO and Director General Vanessa Ledesma
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has made its case to the Government of Canada to reconsider its new pre-boarding testing rule, which the association warns will strain already stressed Caribbean public health systems and cause further damage to the region’s economy.
From 07JAN, 2021, Canada is requiring that all residents and travellers entering the country provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test before their planned departure to Canada.
“On behalf of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the 33 National Hotel and Tourism Associations throughout the region, which are part of our Federation, we respectfully request reconsideration of this policy for the Caribbean,” the CHTA stated in a submission to Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and shared with Canadian High Commissions and Consulates across the region.
CHTA’s Acting CEO and Director General Vanessa Ledesma said the policy is placing even greater economic hardship on the people and governments of the Caribbean, and on the thousands of Canadians currently in the Caribbean.
The announcement of the policy resulted in a rash of cancellations by Canadians who had been scheduled to travel to the region, Ledesma said, further harming already fragile tourism-dependent businesses.
“As the policy takes effect, we anticipate many stranded Canadians being unable to return home due to their inability to get tests in the required time,” she said.
Highlighting the CHTA's commitment to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Ledesma noted the Caribbean has COVID-19 protocols and containment measures in place and thousands of tourism employees have undergone health safety training.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.