PLANS ON TO DEVELOP LIGHTHOUSES IN ORDER TO IMPROVE ISLAND’S TOURISM PRODUCT
by Emmanuel Joseph
The Barbados Port Authority Inc. has a plan to shed fresh light on the island’s tourism sector.
In fact, they are hoping that once it is implemented the project will attract thousands more visitors to the island.
BPI has embarked on a major project involving three of the island’s light houses, with the objective of developing them into innovative visitor attractions.
Chief Executive Officer, David Jean-Marie, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that his entity was looking to create a viable commercial and heritage tourism project that could lure the massive world wide following of lighthouses to Barbados.
Jean-Marie said the port has already invited expressions of interest and development proposals from prospective investors, who are desirous of entering into a business arrangement with the BPI, to develop the lands surrounding the lighthouses at Ragged Point in St. Philip, South Point in Christ Church and Harrison Point, St. Lucy.
The CEO revealed that the idea is to lease the entire properties to the successful investors who would be responsible for maintaining the lighthouses, while port authorities would take care of the light as a navigational device.
He said tourists were already visiting the lighthouses and have shown an interest in enjoying much more about these historic landmarks.
“The National Trust has expressed its interest in the project,” the CEO said.