Former Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. DeLisle Worrell has made suggestions for the revival of the island's travel and tourism industry.
In his June Economic letter released this weekend, Worrell pointed to tthe need for collaboration between Barbados and other regional governments and hotels, airlines and other tourism interests and their representative bodies.
Dr. DeLisle worrell
'The essential element needed for the revival of travel and tourism is restoration of confidence of visitors that their health is protected while they enjoy a pleasurable holiday. Tourists must first be able to travel and socialize safely within their own countries, and then they must be assured that they can travel and socialize in the Caribbean as safely as they can at home,' he said.
Worrell, who presided over the Barbados Central Bank from November 2009 to February 2017, said the order is a tall one - 'but it is the challenge for countries everywhere, not just for tourism or tourist destinations. The same protocols, which will allow for the resumption of spectator sports, political rallies, religious gatherings, weddings, concerts, festivals and other large gatherings, will suffice for the revival of tourism.'
He added that none of the measures, which are currently being taken for the re-opening involves the collaboration of all the relevant international players.
Worrell, who founded the Research Department of the bank in 1973, pointed out that Caribbean economies are all looking to re-open to visitors in the coming weeks and months, and Antigua, Aruba, the Bahamas and others have already set target dates.
He noted that some hotels, which had closed, have announced dates for re-opening, with...