BHTA taking steps to protect guests from Chik-v
As the painful Chikungunya virus continues to affect hundreds of people across the island, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) has given the assurance that it has been taking every precaution to protect visitors.
Executive Vice-President Sue Springer explained that the BHTA has been working with the Ministry of Health over the past few months to apprise members of the virus and the precautions to be taken.
“Our members have taken part in a sensitisation workshop and vector control training with the Ministry, both of which were extremely informative as they gave in-depth details on the virus and the steps that can be taken to prevent the spread,” she said.
“Additionally, the association has been disseminating this information to all members to ensure that those who were unable to participate in the workshop and training were still up-to-date. We have also been distributing advisories from the Ministry of Health and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) about the virus,” Springer explained.
She added that members were passing on the information to their guests and staff, fogging their properties and providing repellent for guests, as well as placing Vape Mats and other mosquito repellent devices in rooms.
“We are doing all we can as an association to work with the authorities to ensure that our guests, and our staff as well, protect themselves from being bitten by the mosquitoes which transmit this disease,” Springer added.