Working from home could see a major improvement as Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley said her government was considering leaving visitors off the island and working for a year.
Mottley said legislators were considering launching the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp and found that coronavirus pandemic restrictions had made short-term travel difficult due to the testing now required.
"You don't have to work in Europe, the US, or Latin America if you can come here and work a few months at a time. Go back and come back," she said in a speech last week by the Government of Barbados Information Service website. She added that "it would enable people to go overseas and work digitally from here so people don't have to stay in the countries where they're located."
A sign in Bathsheba Park, Barbados.
Barbados will welcome travelers from July 12th. Mottley said in the speech that what Barbados has to offer must be "world class and what we continue to offer is world class" to attract visitors.
According to the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, tourism directly accounts for 12% of Barbados' gross domestic product and indirectly 40% of its economic activity. It is also said to be the largest source of employment in the island's private sector.
Barbados has relaxed certain coronavirus restrictions and lifted curfews. It has introduced a physical distance of three feet and enables social events with up to 500 guests as well as spectators at sporting events.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 98 cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths from the virus have been confirmed in Barbados.