Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell has expressed his pleasure with both of Trinidad and Tobago’s ariports-Piarco International and Crown Point International-being accredited through the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme.
The accreditation was awarded to both airports in recognition of the health and safety measures implemented for the protection of travellers, employees and users of the airport from the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).
In a press release on Friday, Mitchell stated that such international accreditation is in line with the overall preparations by his ministry and its agency Tourism Trinidad Limited, to ensure that all visitor touch points are considered from the time a visitor boards a plane to when he lands, leaves the airport, stays at a hotel, visits a restaurant or goes on a tour.
“The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts has compiled health protocols and guidelines with inputs from the Ministry of Health, Tobago Tourism Agency Limited, Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) so that various stakeholders can entertain visitors safely and with all protocols in place.”
He noted that approximately 150 stakeholders were trained by CARPHA on October 14, facilitated through Tourism Trinidad Limited, and given guidance on how to obtain their Health Assurance Stamp for healthier safer tourism.
The Health Assurance Stamp, which accredits tourism operators through the wider Tourism and Health Information System, will be issued to stakeholders throughout the Caribbean.
The stamp is a means of verifying that tourism entities and destinations are implementing and adhering to COVID-19 health monitoring and safety measures.
Mitchell stated that whilst 2020 has been a difficult year for tourism, all measures are being put in place to ensure that stakeholders are equipped with the necessary tools to welcome visitors to destination Trinidad and Tobago once again.
“The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts remains committed to restarting the sector and returning visitor arrivals to the growth path experienced in January and February.”