Barbados set to become cruise holiday hub with new modern cruise facility
Barbados has announced that a brand new modern cruise facility will be built in the capital city of Bridgetown. The Sugar Point Cruise facility will welcome some of the world's biggest cruise ships while bringing large numbers of international tourists to their Barbados holidays and helping the island nation become a hub for cruise tourism.
A brand new modern cruise facility will be constructed on the island of Barbados in an effort to attract some of the largest cruise ships in the world.
The Sugar Point Cruise facility will be built in the capital city of Bridgetown and is expected to welcome large numbers of international cruise tourists as they arrive to their Barbados holidays via major cruise lines.
The development will be built on Trevor’s Way and 15 acres of land from the sea will be reclaimed with 100,000 square-feet of this used for commercial activity.
Dredging is scheduled to start in November, 2012 and once completed, the new cruise facility will feature separate cruise and cargo activities.
According to the Minister of International Business and International Transport, George Hutson, the development will be completed in two phases over two years. The initial stage will include the construction of two cruise piers, arrival and departure facilities plus car parks and is expected to cost $300 million.
The development is being jointly led by Barbados Port Incorporated, Barbadian company SMI Infrastructure Solutions Incorporated, and the second large cruise operator in the world, Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited.
The ultra-modern cruise facility will feature Barbados' rum and sugar culture as a major theme as well as locally made products and artwork that will be displayed and sold throughout.
Minister Hutson says that the government hopes that it will attract more cruise ships which will result in an increase in revenue generated from tourists taking holidays to Barbados, and the facility will become a hub for cruise tourism.
The project will also create 200 construction jobs and a further 500 jobs in commercial activities.
Cruise tourism in Barbados has increased steadily over the years and in 2011, 726,543 holidaymakers visited the Caribbean island during cruise holidays.
Barbados is an island nation situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, north east of Venezuela, and is one of the leading destinations for Caribbean holidays.
The island is home to home to some of the world’s most stunning pink sand beaches, warm turquoise ocean waters, luxurious beachfront Barbados hotels, and sunny, tropical weather.
During holidays in Barbados, tourists can enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling adventures in turquoise crystal clear waters; hike through verdant nature reserves including the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary; shop in boutiques and traditional markets; and visit the historic towns of Holetown, Speightstown, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bridgetown.
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