Grant wants cruise lines to buy local

Mr. Val Henry,

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 16th July, 2018, ( – Minister of Tourism for St. Kitts & Nevis, Lindsay Grant, is intensifying his calls and actions to deliver more meaningful benefits to Kittitians and Nevisians from the cruise side of the tourism sector.

In recent talks with a senior executive of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the tourism minister said that he raised two very important issues that he hopes could materialize, thereby creating more returns for the people of the country.

Grant, who is also the minister responsible for trade, commerce and industry, revealed that he has been exploring the possibilities of partnering with Royal Caribbean to develop a training facility in St. Kitts that could train residents at higher levels to deliver greater performance standards in tourism.

The other matter of significance raised by Grant has to do with the possibility of finding ways that would make it possible for cruise lines to buy local products.

In response, the Royal Caribbean representative committed that his cruise line is willing to work with the ministry to help train more people from the region to join the crews of the various ships.

While on the issue of provisioning products from this country, he was careful to explain that though there is definitely an opportunity, it is not an easy task, given the procedures involved in the purchasing of food and beverages from local suppliers/producers.

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