Tourism Minister: Coronavirus precautions in place as visitors arrive

As thousands of cruise visitors are expected to arrive here tomorrow, Tourism Minister, the Honourable Randall Mitchell, says the relevant authorities are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country.

The Ministry of Tourism through its inter-agency linkage, will closely monitor the situation that has arisen due to the global concern in respect of the corona virus alert to ensure that the population of Trinidad and Tobago is not adversely affected by the perceived threat of the virus.

The Ministry of Tourism is closely collaborating with CARPHA to ensure that measures are put in place to safeguard public health. Through the Tourism and Health Programme, which involves CARPHA, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism, updates and bulletins will be disseminated to the primary stakeholders in the tourism sector.

Almost five thousand cruise visitors, including passengers and crew, of the MSC Preziosa Cruise line are expected to visit Trinidad tomorrow, January 23, 2020. It will be the first cruise ship to arrive in the country since the virus was discovered.

Minister Mitchell noted that most of the ship’s passengers are from Italy, France, Germany, England Portugal, Martinique, Guadeloupe and other countries.

He said he remained confident that the visitors will have an enjoyable and memorable experience in Trinidad as they will be greeted by an exciting cultural presentation, which includes entertainment by Moko Jumbies and other Carnival characters.”

He said: “While hundreds of the visitors are expected to go on pre-arranged tours to popular tourist sites and attractions, others will remain in the city and get a glimpse of our restored Parliament Building.”

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