Minister of Tourism Welcomes Repatriation of Cruise Ship Staff
Tourism Minister, the Honourable Randall Mitchell welcomes the return of six of the country’s cruise ship workers. This was the first group to be granted special permission by the Minister of National Security, as part of Government’s phased approach to repatriating nationals who are crew members, since the closure of this country’s borders on March 22nd and the early closure of the 2019/2020 cruise ship season to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Minister Mitchell said he was happy that the successes resulting from Government’s adherence to scientific decision-making, enabled Trinidad and Tobago to have zero positive Covid-19 cases as of May 22nd 2020. He stated: The crew members can now be welcomed home as the resources are available to ensure their care and treatment during the mandatory 14 day state quarantine period, and safe return to their respective families”. He added that it was always the intention of the Government to repatriate crew members and applauded the fact that this action commenced immediately after the country became free of positive Covid-19 cases.
A second group comprising 53 nationals who are employed on other vessels are also expected to return home on Monday May 25th, 2020.
Minister Mitchell noted: “The cruise ship industry is of great importance to the overall development of tourism and a source of lucrative employment to many nationals, who continue to promote the country and encourage visitors to come to our country”. He said: “The Ministry of Tourism appreciates the respective contributions being made by cruise ship and other tourism workers outside of Trinidad and Tobago and thanks the Crew Members for their patience and forbearance”.
Minister Mitchell also wished the Crew Members continued success in their chosen careers as the cruise season reopens and stated that Government would continue the relationship building process with the various cruise lines to ensure their consideration of Port of Spain as a cruise destination in the future. He also urged all nationals to continue adhering to the health protocols to ensure the spread of the virus is effectively mitigated.