The tourism sectors in both Trinidad and Tobago are one step closer to a safe reopening following the recent accreditation of the Piarco and Crown Point International Airports in the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme, by the Airports Council International (ACI).
Both airports received the accreditation in recognition of the health and safety measures implemented for the protection of travellers, employees and users of the airport from the spread of Covid-19.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts notes that such international accreditation is in line with the overall preparations by the Ministry—and its agency, Tourism Trinidad Limited—to ensure that all visitor touch points are considered, from the time a visitor boards a plane to when he lands, leaves the airport, stays at a hotel, visits a restaurant or goes on a tour.
Senator Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, said he is pleased that both airports achieved such critical accreditation.
“The Ministry has compiled health protocols and guidelines with inputs from the Ministry of Health, Tobago Tourism Agency Limited, Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA),” Minister Mitchell explains, “so that various stakeholders can entertain visitors safely and with all protocols in place.”
Minister Mitchell added: “Approximately 150 stakeholders were trained by CARPHA, facilitated through Tourism Trinidad Limited on October 14th. They were given guidance on how to obtain their Health Assurance Stamp for Healthier Safer Tourism.”
The Health Assurance Stamp will be issued to stakeholders throughout the Caribbean. It accredits tourism operators through the wider Tourism and Health Information System. The stamp is a means of verifying that tourism entities and destinations are implementing and adhering to COVID-19 health monitoring and safety measures.
The tourism Minister also gives assurances that everything is being done to ensure a safe reopening of the tourism sectors on both islands.
“All measures are being put in place to ensure that stakeholders are equipped with the necessary tools to welcome visitors to destination Trinidad and Tobago once again,” he said. “2020 has been a difficult year for tourism, but we are committed to restarting the sector and returning visitor arrivals to the growth path experienced in January and February 2020.”