NIA pushing for an enhanced tourism product

Speaking with, Brantley indicated that his administration is doing a lot for tourism on the island, pointing out that the Nevis Island Administration has thrown its support behind events and infrastructural enhancements that lift the quality of visitor experiences. 

He cited the most recent addition to the island’s calendar of activities, the Nevis Blues Festival, as an example.

“We had the blues festival, which we have supported fully. This is the first of its kind in the country… It’s an initiative that we supported since last year,” Brantley said.

The popular cross channel swim, fishing tournaments and race week are several of the sport related activities that Brantley said the administration is pushing, as part of building its tourism product, as efforts continue to increase visitor arrivals and provide authentic cultural experiences.

“We are coming up to Culturama, and we are pushing hard on that, inviting visitors to come and experience for themselves, our culture. So we continue to do a mirage of activities, with regards to promoting Nevis and having people come to the island,” he added.

According to Brantley, tourism attractions are being upgraded, including the New River fishing attraction and the historic ruins of the Eden Brown Estate, Nevis’ last active sugarcane plantation.

He also revealed that the visitor center, located in the heart of Charlestown, continues to receive positive reviews.

According to Brantley, the NIA continues to encourage and support the construction of new accommodation facilities, including hotels, condominiums and residences.

“One project underway, which started last year, is the Paradise Palms. We also have Paradise Beach, which is an ultra-luxurious very high end property, and it provides corporate services as well,” said Brantley, who is also the deputy premier in the Nevis Island Administration.

He also pointed to Candy Resort, a US$20 million resort-villa development, which recently broke ground for construction, while the Mount Nevis Hotel expansion doubled its capacity, the deputy premier noted.

Minister Brantley was also pleased to have three of Nevis’ hotel properties certified as ‘Hospitality Assured’ by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, an indication of high quality services and facilities.


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