Antigua and Barbuda Yachting Industry gears up for international arrivals
Updated: Nov 25
(Article originally published by sail-world.com)
Antigua and Barbuda is ready to receive its yachting guests for the start of the Winter Season and is sending a clear signal that Antigua and Barbuda is open.
The docks are well-booked and marine service businesses, restaurants, stores and yacht services are gearing up to receive an influx of boats who have already set sail for the Caribbean.
The marinas are all implementing protocols to control access to the docks. Wearing of masks, sanitization and social distancing are all key along with temperature testing prior to being given access to the docks. Restaurants similarly have re-laid their floors to ensure that guests can enjoy a socially distanced enjoyable dining experience.
There are plans afoot to execute all of the yachting events on the calendar including the Budget Marine Hightide Series, the Nelsons Pursuit Race, the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sailing Week and other fun one day races.
The ABMA is working with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Health on upcoming Covid-19 compliance training certificate for its members to ensure yacht workers understand the necessary precautions needed to be taken to ensure the safety of all. Of this the Yachting Cruise & Marine Development Officer Tanny Rose Jr. says, "The Ministry of Tourism has been leading a concerted effort in partnership with other government agencies, particularly the ministry of health, to devise specific protocols and guidelines for our marinas and port of entries. A major imperative is training for all stakeholders. Taxi drivers, yacht workers, restaurant and bar staff as well as vendors have all participated in health protocols workshops. The series of training exercises are intended to ensure that our frontline ambassadors and our visitors can safely enjoy the world famous unique and authentic Antigua & Barbuda experience ".