Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Roseanne Myers, says she is encouraged by the relevant Government agencies’ assurances that Barbados’ drinking water supply remains safe.
Responding to statements made to this effect during a joint press conference by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Myers said, “This is very encouraging news for us especially as we get ready to promote the island at one of the largest marketing events, Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico from January 30 to February 1. Based on these statements we can take a message to our travel partners that our drinking water is safe and meets the standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO)”.
She, however, said the BHTA remained very concerned about the possible impact of the second health alert issued this week by the United States Embassy on the island.
“These cautionary advisories are unfortunate, especially in the peak of the winter tourist season. However, we are heartened by the fact that the south coast issues are now engaging those at the highest level as they seek to bring this problem under control. We know a solution to the wastewater issue is in progress and want to reinforce the urgent need for speed as well as the importance of keeping the public fully informed during the process.”
“The BHTA will continue to offer support to the various agencies wherever feasible, as we have committed over the past few months. We will also continue to keep our members and partners informed and updated as information comes to hand,” Myers added.