A National Cruise Development Commission has been established to probe issues affecting the island’s cruise sector which is said to be in “a state of deep crisis”.
Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds announced the 15-member commission this morning, during a press conference, at its offices located at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
“The reality is that we have to look seriously at new attractions and involving people in culture, entertainment and sports to create things which are refreshing, exciting and interesting for people visiting Barbados to do,” Symmonds said.
The members of the commission are Errol Humphrey, Dean Straker, Senator Lisa Cummins, Vic Fernandes, Kevin Harewood, Jeffery Roach, Roseanne Myers, Alfredo Weatherhead, Natalie Burke, Kerri Gooding, Adrian Bayley, Patrick Estwick, Andre Miller, Amanda Reifer and Carol Roberts.
The minister said the commission would meet at the beginning of September and hold talks with stakeholders, over a 12 week period, before handing a report on its findings to Cabinet.