Tourism and Health launched COVID-19 Extra Care Measures and standards

Tourism and Health Officials

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services launched the combined tourism and health COVID-19 Extra Care Measures and standards strategy.

This is to ensure the tourism sector is strategically aligned to the ‘New Normal’ brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic.

A total of 150 tourism sector workers in Honiara participate in the four-day training workshop launched yesterday, Tuesday 13, at the Heritage Park Hotel. 

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT), Andrew Nihopara said the onus is on their side to set the standard high when they return to their respective businesses and workplaces.

“I would like to reiterate and remind all participants to this training that you are pioneers in this space – being the first of many more tourism groups who will be undertaking this training”, Nihopara said.

He explained that when the World Health Organisation declared the Corona Virus a global pandemic, every country in the world was affected, adding that the Solomon Islands was no exception.

Mr. Nihopara stressed that the DCGA government had not only acted promptly in initiating crucial measures that have continued to protect our nation but have persisted to navigate the social and economic challenges that are being brought about by the Covid 19 impact.

Mr. Nihopara said the bottom line is to ensure that all tourism facilities and workers are COVID-19 safe and compatible to bolster visitor confidence in our respective tourism properties, the sector, and the country as a whole.

“I, therefore, call for participants to embrace what you will learn from the training and apply them to your respective workplaces”, Nihopara added.


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