This was revealed at the recent docking of the first yacht at the marina, where the leader of St. Kitts and Nevis said, that when completed in January of 2015 and opened several weeks later, the facility will be fully equipped as a point of entry in to the Federation, by boat.
“There are other phases yet to be completed and I also wish to state that this marina will be a designated port of entry for the Federation. It will be equipped with Customs and Immigration services, and will be accessible to all vessels.”
Dr. Douglas explained that marinas, such as the one at Christophe Habour, are seen as a key component in the development of St. Kitts and Nevis’ ability to increase the amount of visitors travelling to the twin island state.
Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas in his presentation at the arrival of the first yacht on Tuesday 9th December, said that residents should begin research on the operations and needs of the yachting industry.
“I urge you, with imagination and insight, to identify the requirements of yacht owners everywhere, and then I urge you to equip and position yourselves to benefit from the economic opportunities that this sector creates,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
Dr. Douglas, who is also the Finance Minister, said that the positive transformation that has emerged in recent years is testimony to the power of careful planning, and responsible public and private collaboration. He added that the driving force fuelling his government is a determination to present to the men and women of St. Kitts and Nevis an ever-expanding array of business and employment opportunities.
“To protect and enhance, for all who live here, our much-cherished quality of life and to forever encourage a culture of self-mastery in this place we call home,” Douglas noted.
Dr. Douglas commended the skills and focus of the 21 workers employed and commended them for the great job that they have done.
Dr. Hermia Morton-Anthony, Chairperson of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), told that ceremony that local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to offer their services once the marina is open.
She also outlined several areas in which jobs would be created when the new marina is opened in early 2015.
“Yachts will require maintenance, hence, the need for mechanics and engineers. There will be need for provisions such as fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, drinks, ice and floral arrangements. The services of taxi and tour operators, cleaning companies and entertainers will be required. I urge our people, therefore, to be ready to seize the business opportunities that will become available when the marina is completed.”
Further “Our citizens are involved in the actual construction as well as dock operations and the number of local employees is expected to increase. We congratulate the local team for the high level of professionalism and commitment …demonstrated to move the project safely and quickly to this advanced stage,” Dr. Anthony said.