According to Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, heritage tourism can play a very critical component in growing and developing the tourism product in St. Kitts and Nevis, as part of the continuing efforts to diversify this sector of the economy.
The Prime Minister made his comments while touring the Yilan County Lanyang Museum in Taiwan, where he is currently engaged in an official visit. According to a government release, officials from the museum have committed to provide assistance to St. Kitts & Nevis, in areas that could enhance its museum development and strengthening of its heritage assets.
“If there is something that we can do for St. Kitts and Nevis, we would be honoured to give assistance,” said Dr. Jen, (an official at the museum), who added that Lanyang Museum translates everyday life and gives the people and the visitor a greater understanding of Yilan County, by preserving and promoting the county’s natural environment, historical sites, archaeological artifacts, and cultural heritage, in order to share these resources with the people.
In response to the offer, Prime Minister Douglas told the Taiwanese officials that, “Training is a good place to start and of course to explore areas where you would be able to assist us in enhancing what already is part of our cultural heritage and then promoting and presenting. Training is critically important,”
“This aspect of life being displayed in this way to visitors as well as generations to come can be exceptionally important in the promotion of tourism,” said Dr. Douglas, citing the need to explore ways and ideas.
Prime Minister Douglas and his delegation were invited by the museum’s Director, Dr. Jen-I Liao to tour the NT$1.02 billion project, completed late year after nearly a decade to build.