St Vincent govt plans tourism recovery
Weeks after the explosive eruption of La Soufriere Volcano caused widespread devastation in St Vincent and the Grenadines, that country’s Minister of Tourism Carlos James has revealed early plans for tourism recovery.
In a Caribbean Tourism Organisation Zoom presentation earlier today, James said plans were already in train for the re-launch of yachting tourism, a major part of tourism in the 32-island state.
He said details would shortly be announced for the first event, Sail St Vincent, which is expected to attract sailors from around the Caribbean to once again experience the beauty of a Caribbean destination known for its excellent sailing facilities.
In addition, St Vincent and the Grenadines was preparing to welcome people from the wider yachting fraternity interested in taking advantage of “the volcano experience” and James said these sailors who would be afforded a first-hand look at the still active volcano from a safe distance.
The Minister of Tourism said the La Soufriere explosive eruption, which began on April 9, had caused millions of damage to the island and destroyed a vital section of the tourism infrastructure, but he gave the assurance that St Vincent and the Grenadines was “down but not out” and was in fact preparing to welcome people back to the destination.
He added they were expecting to see an increase in tourism arrivals, especially people who were vaccinated. (GC)