Govt. looking into locals working on cruise lines

PHILIPSBURG–Government is looking into the possibility of having residents secure employment opportunities on cruise lines.

Labour Minister Emil Lee said on Wednesday that a resident had spoken to him about this possibility and had reminded him about it recently.

According to the minister, there is no better time than now to resume these discussions. Lee had “reached out’ to Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) official Michele Paige and he had also spoken to interim Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, who is currently attending the Seatrade Cruise Global Trade Show, and Lee indicated that this is one of the discussion points that he asked the two officials to raise “especially since St. Maarten is struggling with employment.”

“It’s an excellent opportunity for our people to work in the cruise industry, get experience, see other destinations and see how the industry operates,” Lee said adding that such an opportunity would also allow the unemployed to benefit from training. He said FCCA had been “receptive” to the idea of having the unemployed from St. Maarten work in the cruise industry.

Source: The Daily Herald