March 22, 2020
Last year the Jamaica Observer spoke with Prudence Gentles, a 28-year-old tour guide who recently gave birth to a son with special needs, about the challenges of her job. The Montego Bay-based tourism worker explained that due to the seasonality of the industry it is important for guides to save their earnings in the high season for use during more austere times in the low season. She also revealed that the extent to which guides prepare for the lean periods varies with each individual.
However, with Jamaica now currently shutting down due to the threat of COVID-19 and with hotels closing as the tourism industry becomes virtually non-existent on a global scale, the already sometimes-precarious financial situation of tour guides in the country will be tested to the limit.