Bridgetown, Barbados – July 16, 2006. The safe movement of people during next year’s cricket World Cup in the Caribbean is the subject of a major meeting of officials in Antigua next week.
World Cup organisers, and officials from the region’s governments, major airlines, customs, and immigration will begin a three-day meeting from Tuesday.
Transportation needed to be tackled because all other areas of the tournament’s organisation were given positive grades, said Stephen Alleyne, chief executive of the Barbados local organising committee.
“We have to get a road map as to where we are heading,” he said. “The road must be clear.”
Organisers estimate about 100,000 visitors in the Caribbean during the March 11-April 28 tournament.
Alleyne noted several charter airlines are willing to assist with the movement of fans. He added that organisers were close to signing an agreement with a company, whose name he did not disclose, to shuttle players, officials and VIPs during the event.
Matches will be played in Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, Antigua, Grenada, Trinidad, St Vincent, and Guyana.