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Brexit won’t kill Caribbean tourism

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, [email protected]

Brexit won’t kill Caribbean tourism

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The United Kingdom’s (UK) controversial decision to exit the European Union (EU) has not dimmed the “bright future” facing Caribbean tourism.

The region received this vote of confidence from the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) recently as it welcomed new British Prime Minister Theresa May to office.

BCCC said there was no need to “take a pessimistic view of the future” in light of Brexit. This obtained for the Caribbean’s tourism industry, it added.

“Our essential message is that Britain is not going away and British tourists will continue to see the Caribbean as an attractive and desirable destination,” it said.

“It is the essential quality of the Caribbean tourist industry, based on targeting those with higher than average disposable incomes, which is its greatest strength. It will continue to have a bright future.”

The organisation said the UK “now has stable leadership with a strong message and a clear mandate for a properly negotiated and well ordered exit from the political structures of the [EU]”.

It added: “The chamber believes that as well as challenges, new opportunities lie ahead for our traditional trading partners in the Caribbean, with whom there are long-standing and historic links. BCCC is looking forward to working with business and political leaders in the region in determining these.”

It said the caution showed by Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States was understandable.

However, the organisation was “confident that it is within the grasp of European governments to embrace the challenge of Brexit in a well ordered manner with no reason for any of us to take a pessimistic view of the future”. (SC)