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Cruise ship company calls on Govt to reopen sector

Amid con­tin­u­ing COVID-19 and Delta cas­es Car­val­ho’s Agen­cies is ap­peal­ing to Gov­ern­ment for re­open­ing of cruise ship sea­son this month since over 100 cruise ship vis­its hang in the bal­ance.

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The com­pa­ny’s gen­er­al man­ag­er Charles Car­val­ho, who wrote the Tourism Min­istry on the is­sue on Mon­day, sug­gest­ed al­low­ing on­ly ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed pas­sen­gers on shore and point­ed to COVID pro­to­cols ships all have.

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T&T been closed to cruise ships since March 2020 when the pan­dem­ic hit. The sea­son is over No­vem­ber 20 to April 2022

Amid con­tin­u­ing COVID-19 and Delta cas­es Car­val­ho’s Agen­cies is ap­peal­ing to Gov­ern­ment for re­open­ing of cruise ship sea­son this month since over 100 cruise ship vis­its hang in the bal­ance.

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The com­pa­ny’s gen­er­al man­ag­er Charles Car­val­ho, who wrote the Tourism Min­istry on the is­sue on Mon­day, sug­gest­ed al­low­ing on­ly ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed pas­sen­gers on shore and point­ed to COVID pro­to­cols ships all have.

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T&T been closed to cruise ships since March 2020 when the pan­dem­ic hit. The sea­son is over No­vem­ber 20 to April 2022.

COVID cas­es up to Tues­day were 294 with about 156 Delta cas­es.

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Car­val­ho not­ed that at yes­ter­day’s brief­ing by the Min­istry of Health when asked about re­open­ing, Prin­ci­pal Med­ical Of­fi­cer (In­sti­tu­tions) Dr Maryam Ab­dool Richards in­di­cat­ed it in­volved pol­i­cy de­ci­sion by the Prime Min­is­ter.

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But his let­ter to Tourism is the sec­ond to Gov­ern­ment. He added he wrote Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley in April seek­ing to have Crys­tal Lines vis­it To­ba­go. The let­ter was for­ward­ed to Trade and lat­er Tourism. At that time T&T head­ed in­to a surge of case and lock­down

In Mon­day’s let­ter to Tourism, Car­val­ho said, “The di­rect and in­di­rect for­eign ex­change in­flux alone should war­rant the pri­or­i­ti­za­tion of restart­ing this sec­tor.”

Cit­ing cruise lines’ need to plan itin­er­aries, he added: “As a re­sult, we have been in­un­dat­ed with dai­ly calls and emails from every line that vis­its T&T, and many that have made com­mit­ments to call here for the first time. We’re be­ing asked when cruise ships will be al­lowed to re­turn, test­ing and vac­ci­na­tion re­quire­ments, shore ex­cur­sion re­stric­tions.”

“We’re cur­rent­ly un­able to pro­vide clear guid­ance as it seems dis­cus­sions are still on­go­ing among the var­i­ous min­istries and pub­lic health ex­perts. The even­tu­al­i­ty is, due to lack of up­dates, cruise lines will can­cel all their calls to T&T for the 2021-2022 sea­son (No­vem­ber to April). This would be an out­right shame as so many cruise lines com­mit­ted to vis­it­ing our coun­try this sea­son. It would be the most vis­its our ports have seen in many years.”

He told Guardian me­dia lat­er that 100 ship vis­its might hang in the bal­ance

Car­val­ho’s let­ter added the air­line in­dus­try has been steadi­ly and safe­ly re­sum­ing op­er­a­tions in T&T and pro­vi­sions were made for vac­ci­nat­ed non-na­tion­als to vis­it via air– but not cruise ships

Car­val­ho sug­gest­ed al­low­ing ships re­turn from No­vem­ber 19, 2021 un­der con­di­tions in­clud­ing al­low­ing on­ly ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark ves­sels for sight see­ing and to have on­ly ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed tour guides op­er­at­ing tours and oth­er ser­vices