Tourism Week to highlight opportunities for small businesses in Nevis

Nevis: Premier and Minister of Tourism on Nevis, Joseph Parry, said that knowledge of the opportunities available to small businesses and the invaluable role they play in the tourism industry will be the focus of activities surrounding Tourism Week 2007. The event is organised by the Ministry of Tourism under the theme “Tourism is Our Business”.

In a televised address to herald the start of Tourism Week 2007, Parry said that the week, which will end on February 3, would seek to emphasise greater awareness of Nevis’ tourism product and would reflect the value attached by the Nevis Reformation Party-led Nevis Island Administration (NIA) to partnerships among various sectors of the economy.

“Through these events, not only during Tourism Week, but also in the future, we will not only discover more about what various tourist facilities in Nevis have to offer our visitors and what tourists have long loved about Nevis but we will also recognise, for ourselves, the value of tourism as a tool for promoting economic development, creating wealth and alleviating poverty,” he said.

The Week’s activities he explained would reinforce tourism awareness and the youths and would seek to impact the community in a positive way.

According to Parry, the tourism industry continued to play critical role in the economy of Nevis and provided employment for 40 percent of the workforce on the island. The sector also made a critical contribution to the Gross Domestic Product; created investment and employment opportunities; foreign exchange earnings, infrastructural development and the expansion of the commercial sector.

“Tourism is our business. Make it our business. We can all benefit if we make this vital sector our business. Enjoy and participate in the week of activities and even when the week is ended, be aware of the benefits tourism brings. Be conscious of how you can benefit from tourism. Work hard if you are in the Tourism Sector, be friendly sell your country in a positive way. Be willing to start your own business that will serve the tourists. Come up with something new… Make your business and my business, he said.