After long flight, and landing at Maurice Bishop International Airport, nobody expected to be greeted with the rude and hostile attitude of some ‘female’ immigration staff we encountered.
What a welcome, and how embarrassing on their part.
Perhaps these staff did not wish to encourage tourism into Grenada and preferred for us to return home to our native lands and spread the word that we are not wanted or welcome in Grenada. It was a truly shocking first impression.
Unfortunately, many passengers I spoke to from the same Virgin flight echoed the same sentiments.
It also seemed rather unprofessional of one officer to go around pouncing on people in the immigration queue, and putting them on the spot by loudly asking “are you a native?”. This shows a level of ignorance, as the people she picked on, all fit a certain image of what she thought a native looked like – however in this day and age, people of all races and complexions can quite possibly hold a Grenadian passport, depending on their family ties and circumstances.
A simple “anyone holding a Grenadian passport, please step this way…” would have sufficed, rather than picking on people.
So not a particularly friendly or welcoming start to our Grenada visit.
Disappointingly this hostility didn’t stop here, I’ll come back to this topic in another blog.