Nelson’s Dockyard National Park stresses value of entrance fee to facilities

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The National Parks Authority is pleased to see so many return home for the summer.  

Management is particularly enthused that residents continue to see the value in contributing to the Parks’ restoration and preservation programmes.

The Park’s fee structure of EC$10.00 has remained unchanged for locals/residents for years, making it affordable and accessible to anyone to visit our very own UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We are encouraged that this rate is about the same or below for some of the most popular national parks and world heritage sites across the region.

An extended deal is also presently on offer for residents/locals who require regular entry to the park. They qualify for a one-year pass for only EC$50.00 while a Family Pass for up to six persons is going for EC$200.00.

A season pass has been created for visitors that expires at the end of the yachting season. It goes for US$100 while a daily pass for visitors is US$15.

The revenues generated from the entrance fee help to pay employees who work tirelessly in managing the diverse operations of the unique facilities, which include the maintenance of yachting facilities that make Antigua a major hub for the sector in the Caribbean.

The National Parks, a self-financing institution, ensures that its revenues go directly to the renovation and restoration programmes that have brought international acclaim to these facilities.

The NPA also engages in a number of community-based programmes that benefit the residents of English Harbour.

The park also plays a major role in the protection and management of our marine space and terrestrial park areas, waste management and keeping the areas around the major tourist attractions of English Harbour and Shirley Heights in pristine shape.

The NPA notes that everyone should be proud of the facilities and the admirable work done by our own people to make this one of the most stunning attractions in the Caribbean and a significant contributor to our economy.

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