This year when coronavirus swept across the entire world, many governments were not prepared to face the economic crash. And when it hit, it hit hard and many places where tourism was the major contributor of GDP saw a huge dip with GDP as many places closed its borders for international tourism and as well as domestic tourism.
The Caribbean Islands which was once a hotspot for tourism also faced the same and Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia’s Prime Minister said: “It’s had a devastating effect on our economy and the livelihood of our citizens.” The island used to get 65% of GDP from tourism however, as coronavirus lockdown became effective and many tourists not visiting made the government lose around 60% of income from tourism. Also, the employment sector saw more than 25% increase in the employment rate.
Tourism at other parts of the Caribbean islands saw a good outcome starting 2020 as this would have been a saviour for the hurricane that the islands faced last year, they too suffered because of the lockdown.
St. Lucie had initially lifted the ban on June 04 and it was the first nation along with Antigua and Barbuda to reopen. Late in July other nations such as Jamaica, Dominican Republic also opened however as coronavirus cases began to rise the countries stopped and again made an announcement to ban.
Currently, 28 Caribbean nations have agreed to reopen as the Festive Season is the peak holiday period as the warm destinations make good income during the winter months. The Caribbean nations are planning to recover the losses amounting to $44 billion during the festive season.
St. Lucie is one of the preferred destinations and the Prime Minister said: “Our tourism industry must coexist with Covid in order to recover.”
Daniel Marmontello, director of the strategy at Apple Leisure Group, whose subsidiaries include CheapCaribbean.com said: “While places like the Cayman Islands can more easily remain closed, since they rely on other industries such as offshore banking, the majority of Caribbean destinations simply must let visitors in to survive.”
All the Caribbean islands are enacting safety protocols to limit Covid-19 outbreak but the rules differ from place to place and sometimes rules will not be the same and can change week-to-week. It is to be noted that the hotel will be providing discount hovering around 30-40% will remain constant.
Here are some of the famous Caribbean Islands where you can travel now which include the Dominican Republic, St. Barts, Anguilla, Bermuda, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos Islands