Plans are afoot to regularise Walking Tour Guides in the country, according to Minister of Tourism, Yolande Bain-Horsford
In delivering her ministerial statement to the Lower House of Parliament last week Wednesday, the Minister announced that the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is developing a training and licensing programme to regularise the Guides in St. George’s.
The female Minister who is the elected Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South-west disclosed that the training was expected to start on May 23.
She said there are too many problems in the form of harassment being experienced from individuals wanting to act as Tour Guides “and do their own thing in the Town of St. George.”
The Tourism Minister is hopeful that on completion of the training programme, the Tour Guides will be properly identified with badges and uniforms.
Minister Bain-Horsford revealed to her fellow Parliamentarians that airlift is still a very challenging area, not only for Grenada, but for the entire region.
However, the Tourism Minister is not daunted over that factor stating that Grenada had a very good tourism season last year.
She reported that all sectors in the industry recorded an increase in visitor-arrival for the first quarter of 2016 over the same period in 2015.
According to her, cruise calls for the first quarter of this year increased by 34.30 percent, yachting increased by 4.62 percent, and stay-over tourists by 12.30 percent.
In recent years, tourism has overtaken agriculture as the main foreign exchange earner for the island and the area that provides the greatest number of new jobs.