Prime Minister Browne Unveils $40 Million Plan for Yachting Sector and Cultural Tourism Enhancement

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Ruins will restored

Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced on Pointe FM this Saturday a significant $40 million investment aimed at revitalizing the yachting sector and enhancing cultural heritage in English Harbour.

The project, a combination of equity and borrowings, is set to address crucial repairs and expansion within the area.

“We are committed to making about $40 million available to undertake necessary repairs and expand the yachting facilities in English Harbour,” stated Prime Minister Browne.

“This investment is crucial to maintaining our position as a leading yachting destination in the Caribbean.”

This initiative is not solely about infrastructural improvements but also about creating a vibrant cultural park. This facility will serve as a hub for artisans and individuals in the cultural space to showcase and sell their products to tourists.

The park will likely feature historical reenactments and provide a unique cultural experience, aiming to enrich the tourism product.

Prime Minister Browne added, “The cultural park will allow our artisans to display and sell their products, and we hope to see historical reenactments that will offer tourists a deeper understanding of our rich heritage.”

Additionally, the project includes the restoration of the historic barracks. While acknowledging the painful history associated with these structures, Prime Minister Browne emphasized their value as part of the country’s cultural heritage.

The restoration aims to promote cultural tourism and offer a deeper understanding of Antigua and Barbuda’s history.

“The barracks, though a reminder of a dark past, are an integral part of our history,” Browne noted. “By restoring them, we are preserving our cultural heritage and promoting cultural tourism, which is vital for increasing tourist spend.”

The expansion also addresses the inadequacies in the current yachting infrastructure. Despite being one of the largest yachting sectors in the Caribbean, English Harbour has struggled to accommodate the increasing demand. The new facilities will help meet this demand, potentially allowing the harbor to welcome super yachts that were previously turned away due to space constraints.

“In the last season, we had to turn away several super yachts because of inadequate facilities,” said Browne. “This expansion will enable us to accommodate these vessels and boost our tourism industry significantly.”

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