A wide cross section of stakeholders inclusive of officials from government departments and Statutory Corporations were enlightened this morning about the Tourism Service Standards and Licensing Regulations.
The Tourism Service Standards came into effect from November 1st, 2014 and over the past two years the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture through the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA), has commenced the implementation of the Standards.
To date, five tourism service standards have been developed. They include Tourist Accommodation Standard, Code of Practice for Tour Guides, Code of Practice for Tour Operators, Code of Practice for Short-term Vehicle Rentals, and Code of Practice for Taxi Operators.
Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, Glen Beache in his opening remarks noted that while there have been a measure of compliance among tourism service providers, there is still room for improvement.
Mr. Beache also noted that contrary to many people’s belief, none of the other sectors of the economy brings in the sort of money that tourism brings into this destination.