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Raft captains urged to lift standard

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Rafts captain assign to the Rio Grande raft, Portland's premier tourist attraction site, have been urged to lift their standard and to improve service offerings as the parish struggles to come to grips with the decline in tourism.

The latest call comes from West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, who has, in recent times, been talking up a storm about the need for Portland to get its fair share of attention so as to attempt a revival of tourism in the parish where it started.

"We can start the growth right here in Berrydale," commented Vaz

"If we can get the tour companies to take visitors to this raft stand at Berrydale, then that will put money in your pocket. This will allow raft captains to spend money from their earnings locally, at the bar, corner shops, and restaurants. This is what we call growth. We will put in place the facilities and infrastructure that will improve their business, thus allowing them to earn from their livelihood. But they must operate as professionals, as they, too, are an integral part of this industry, "he added.