POND ISLAND–Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson has halted all “unnecessary travel” abroad unless it is “vital for the economy or the ministry” that also covers transportation and telecommunication.
“It cannot be business as usual. … The reason for suspending travel at this time is because we really have to address our local issues,” he said. “If we look at the destination right now, the question would be ‘what are we selling?’ Hotels still have to be fully opened. The destination itself still has to be cleaned up.”
With much still to be fixed as a destination, Johnson said in the Council of Ministers press briefing, it is of “paramount importance” that all travel is suspended.
The Ministry’s focus is on the tourism product and the redevelopment of it post-Hurricane Irma, Johnson said.
He did not have a figure as to how much the suspension of travel will save the cash-strapped government.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/78290-johnson-halts-all-unnecessary-travel