Charlestown-Nevis- Officials from the Ministry of Tourism met with stakeholders affiliated with the Tourism Industry in two critical meetings this week.

On Wednesday 4th October, the officials met with stakeholders who included hoteliers; guest house and condominium owners; representatives from the Tourism Authority; tour guides and executive members of Taxi Associations.

The meeting which was held at the Red Cross headquarters at Chapel Street was chaired by Miss Nicole Liburd, Product Development Officer.

Remarks were delivered by Mr. Carl Williams, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism who gave an overview of the last tourism season and pointed to expectations of the Ministry for the upcoming season.

Mr. John Hanley, Asst. Secretary and Policy and Regulations Officer, spoke in depth about the 2012 Nevis Taxi/tour guide legislation and indicated that there was an onus of responsibility on all of the stake holders to ensure that the legislation was followed.

Miss Nicole Liburd then gave an outline of the Ministry sites on the island and gave details as regards taxi operations to the sites.

The session was concluded with a question and answer period, during which persons present made suggestions towards the betterment of services currently offered for a great tourist experience.

Also present at the meeting was newly appointed Communications Officer in the Ministry, Ms Shelagh James.

Another meeting was held at the same venue on the evening of Thursday 5th November. This time the Tourism officials, including Minister of Tourism, Hon. Mark Brantley. They met with Taxi drivers across the island.

Stipulations as to the high standards required of the first line tourist ambassadors were spelt out and the Taxi drivers also had an opportunity to air their concerns.

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