Tobago Chamber president Martin George has expressed concern with this country’s decision to welcome the arrival of tourists via a cruise line during the Covid19 pandemic.
The Royal Caribbean International cruise line has decided to include Trinidad and Tobago as one of its destinations in the 2021/2022 season.
George said under different circumstances he would have been thrilled, but he questioned if all the necessary safety protocols are in place to really allow the docking of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in TT.
“If it is that we have a scenario where even our nationals are not allowed free entry into TT, it begs the question as to why would Royal Caribbean be allowed, or be available to access special privileges for its passengers who would not be nationals of TT, to be able to land and disembark in TT in such circumstances” George noted.
He said while we need to expand the horizons of tourism, “we must be careful that we don’t do so at the risk of our citizens or at the expense of putting visitors ahead of our own citizens.”