The official launch where the St. Kitts and Nevis National Yachting Policy were introduced produced another step to help develop a yachting sector that is world class and sustainable.
Officials expect that this will strengthen the economy and also improve the quality of life the local community has. More than that, the visitors are going to have memories that will last.
The Minister of Tourism, Hon. Richard Skerritt said that the sector isn’t solely dependent on the arrivals at the launching ceremony held on Thursday. He said that the things that the visitors do, for how long they stay and how many people are on board who are spending their money matter as they are improving the quality of life someone else in the country has. This is what is addressed in the policy. They also encourage the owners of yachts to make their base here and also make the locals more interested in the yacht business. The key link to the economy is whether the government is encouraging all these.
The first step of creation of the Christophe Harbour Marina is about to be completed and will accommodate its first yacht on 9th December 2014. It will have 21 employees. Another marina named the Tamarind Cove Marina has got the approval of Nevis Island Administration and its construction is going to start in the coming days. The Urban Development Corporation is thinking about establishing another marina at port Zante other than St. Kitts Marina.
The policy was started in 2013 by Elizabeth Thompson the former Minister of Barbados. She was also the consultant approved by the ECLAC for this presentation. After the presentation, the final comments and feedback were also provided. Work is to be started shortly so that the provisions of the policy can be implemented.