Tourism Minister of the Year-according to Caribbean Journal

By MyVue Staff Writer

Basseterre, 15th December, 2021 (MyVue one day after making the world smile and feel optimistic again, when he announced that the St. Kitt Music Festival was returning in June next year, the Minister of Tourism in St. Kitts & Nevis, Lindsay Grant, got great news for himself on Wednesday when the Caribbean Journal announced that he was awarded Tourism Minister of the Year.

“In a turbulent year, St Kitts’ Grant quickly and nimbly managed St Kitts and Nevis’ tourism fortunes, working with health officials to tighten and loosen restrictions as necessary, compiling an industry-leading set of cruise protocols and helping steer the small destination through the most challenging periods of the pandemic, all while maintaining the twin-island federation’s position as a calm oasis of Caribbean charm,” said the Caribbean Journal when making the announcement. 

The award to Grant comes as part of the publication’s  Annual Caribbean Travel Awards program, during which they have also paid tribute and recognized hotels and destinations.

Reacting to the news, Minister Grant said, “I think the hard work of my team over the last 11 months, under intense pressure, has produced remarkable results that we are now experiencing.”

The Tourism Minister continued that “added to our careful management of the industry during these difficult COVID-19 times, the Tourism Ministry and Authority, have been able to help the country begin the new season in such a robust manner, with many days of multiple ships in the Port Zante harbour and a steady return of international flights.”

Grant was also praised by his Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, on Tuesday, 14th December, while delivering the Budget Address for the country’s fiscal year, 2022.

Harris acknowledged Grant’s leadership in advancing the return of the tourism sector after almost two years of great difficulty, brought about by COVID-19.

Grant’s success was also recognized by the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas while making comments ahead of the Budget when he said that he expects “the tourism growth will continue.” He had also expressed concerns over the dip in tourism fortunes but equally attributed that fall to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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