Threat Levels Fall, Arrivals Rise

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is praising the region’s tourism industry, local government authorities and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for their vigilance and collaboration as a growing number of Caribbean destinations continue to set record tourism arrivals, expenditures and hotel occupancies.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig lauded hoteliers and tourism and health professionals for closely adhering to prevention protocols recommended by CARPHA in partnership with the association and regional governments.

She pointed out that such diligence, she noted, contributed to tourism’s strong recovery as well as CARPHA’s recent decision to reduce its COVID-19 threat level from “very high” to “moderate-low” for the Caribbean region. She reported this is testament to “our very successful management of the pandemic.”

Madden-Greig noted that such alertness in the form of adequate surveillance, effective protocols and increased vaccination coverage by hospitality, tourism and government entities allowed most countries in the region to rebound in 2022.

Olivier Ponti, VP of Insights at ForwardKeys, CHTA’s data partner, said: “The Caribbean example is not just about showing a great example of a region recovering but instead about a region that is growing – despite all the macroeconomic factors taking place now such as the slowdown of the world economy, rising costs of petrol and the effects of the war in Ukraine.”

The CHTA chief said the Caribbean continues to lead the world in its recovery and its members were already welcoming hundreds of thousands of international visitors to their shores for the winter tourist season.

Said Madden-Greig: “The reduced threat level is very good news for the sector as the festive and peak winter seasons begin.”

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