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Stakeholders urged to stay on top of tourism


Stakeholders in the tourism industry have been encouraged to stay on top of their game in an effort to attract even more tourists to these shores in 2018.  

“We are at the beginning of what is going to be our best cruise season ever. We are welcoming 23 per cent more calls and over 200 per cent increase in the capacity that those calls will bring.

“We have to ensure that we stay to the top of our game, as next year, the cruise season will be even bigger,” said Minister of Tourism Cecil McKie last week, while delivering remarks at the annual tourism awards ceremony and cocktail, which was held poolside at the Blue Lagoon Hotel at Ratho Mill.

McKie said that 2017 has gone down in history as one of the most exciting for the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture.

“The Argyle International Airport (AIA) has changed things in a major way. Life will never be the same and tourism will never be the same again. The airport has allowed greater ease in terms of access to the destination and now allows, with the four other airports,… greater options,” said McKie.

The Tourism Minister said apart from arrivals via the AIA, similar returns are expected from the yachting sector.(LC)