Updated June 8th. – Photos & Videos Below
Many people may think that it will take many years for the global economic engine to get back to where it was prior to the COVID19 Pandemic, which, bey-the-way is still going on in many countries in the region.
In the Caribbean and Central America the dependence on tourism has become the Achilles-heel of their economic hardship and high unemployment.
But everyday the stock markets in most countries are open and all of the major industrialized countries in the world are cranking up their economic engine, BECAUSE!, no matter how bad the Corona-virus COVID-19 crisis gets, people have to get back to normal everyday life, there is no other option, and that means going to work and earning a living.
Sink or Swim – The Reality Of Tourism In The Caribbean
The tourism and hospitality Industry was a major part of all Caribbean country’s economy, and the governments of those countries have realized that they better do something fast, because there is no ‘sure-thing’ safety net. As independent nations they must navigate the challenges of the pandemic, just like every other country, or watch their economy’s die, and watch their people suffer.
Opening up airports and borders are just the first step in a strategy to restart your tourism industry, and that does not mean that the visitors will come, because there are no visitors banging at the doors of departure airports to travel to tropical destinations in the Caribbean. But there are strategists and resort owners and hoteliers and AD-agencies and government health departments that are doing all sorts of efforts to make their tourism industry swim through the crisis.
They are using sophisticated and low-tech methods to focus on the vacationer that made money and are making money during the pandemic, and are surely in need of a vacation.
They have created teams and situation rooms that are strategically facing the challenge like they are going to war. They are developing new policies to make the people who will visit feel very safe. and, They are developing new policies to keep their local population and workers safe.
Some strategist are tracking when each of the destinations in the Caribbean will open to foreign visitors . Here is a list of when various Caribbean island-nation will open their borders (airports & seaports).
Reopen date source: Official local government data – collected June 3rd, 2020
COVID-19 data source: World Health Org. data. – collected June 3rd, 2020
|Antigua and Barbuda||June 4th.||26||3||None|
|Aruba||June 15 to July 1st||None|
|Belize||Planned July 1st.||18||2||Uncertain|
|British Virgin Islands (UK)||Unknown …………………………………………||Phased reopening to residence|
and other selected people with vested interest in the country
|Cayman Islands (UK)||Sept. 1st.||152||1||Uncertain|
|Dominica||Unknown||Plan to open its borders to regional travelers on July 1st. or Mid July|
|Dominican Republic||July 1st.||18,040||516||Phased re-opening|
The Dominican Republic has been hit the hardest by COVID 19 of all Caribbean country ‘s
|Jamaica||June 15th.||590 cases||9|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||Unknown|
|St. Lucia||June 4th.||18||0|
|Saint Vincent & Grenadines||26||0|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Late June||117||8||Phased re-opening & conditional on COVID-19 decline|
|Turks and Caicos (UK)||July 22nd.||12||1|
One of the leading websites that aggregate tourism data and tourism news in the region is TravelPulse.com, which has seen a huge up-tick in online ADs that focus on mitigating the fear of COVID-19, those AD-Agencies work for big-name resorts and small countries that are trying to attract visitors to those destinations.
Belize, St. Lucia and St. Vincent is a part of a handful of countries in the Caribbean that have not had any reported new cases of COVID-19 for more than 35 days now. This is supposed to position the country as having a huge advantage to market itself to foreign vacationers who have worked hard during the pandemic, and are now wanting to vacation somewhere safe from COVID-19.
Marketing & Communication Efforts
A resort in Cancun (Le Blanc Resorts) has developed a comprehensive housekeeping cleaning routine and made a 5 minute video to ‘specifically‘ mitigate the fears of COVID-19
Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness pitched his country as ‘soon opening’ on CNN’s Business Editor at Large, Richard Quest.
Watching The Rest Of The World
The BBC’s Travel Show looks at the challenges in the near future. – Coronavirus: Flying in the age of Covid-19? – BBC Travel Show
Additional URL watch list
Which businesses are benefiting from COVID-19 pandemic? ( Al Jazeera Business )
Written & Compiled by digitalCaribbean.Live – digitalBelize.LIVE staff reporter: digitalCaribbean.LIVE@gmail.com