Chamber has welcomed news that the number of staying visitors rose during the summer. At the recent unveiling of the 2020 Tourism Campaign, under the leadership of Deputy Joe Mooney from Economic Development, Tourism Head Mike Hopkins said the focus will be on ‘The Islands of Guernsey”. This will emphasise the chance to island hop to Herm, Sark and Alderney and provides a good USP which differentiates the offer between Guernsey and Jersey.
Deputy Mooney, who is lead member for tourism on Economic Development, says the small rise is a welcome move but that connectivity remains the key to success. Chamber’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Groups have worked closely with the sector and various States bodies to play their part in driving success for the island. The biggest current challenge for the broad sector is a problem in finding and recruiting staff at all levels. Chamber is currently involved in discussions with the Home Department, under Deputy Mary Lowe’s leadership and Economic Development, to try to facilitate schemes enabling workers to come here from non-EU areas. A questionnaire aimed at providing detailed feedback on the issues faced by the sector and those in linked business areas, will go out next week.