Hon. Hood hopes ‘‘Grenada will be back to pre-Ivan" before close of year

Things are on the upswing for Grenada, speaking with Caribbean Travel News at Caribbean Marketplace Grenada’s minister of tourism, Hon. Brenda Hood, indicated that 49 per cent of the rooms are currently operating, by May this should hit 60 per cent and by the end of Oct/start of Nov all hotels should be operational.

“We are in the reconstruction stage - things are coming back slowly,” said the minister.

“We believe the product will be much stronger then before. Many hoteliers are upgrading their hotels and using the off time to train staff.”

Hon. Hood continued; “An initiative supported by the CTO aims to take 200 hotel staff to other Caribbean islands for training.”

The minister said this was aimed at not only improving the island’s hotel stock, but the quality of staff. It is also intended that the hotels will also improve their grading and move up one star when they reopen - taking the island’s hotel product up a level.

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“This is a deliberate policy - the rooms and the service will be better.”
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