Posted On: Saturday, 09 June 2012 Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2012
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Saturday 9th June, 2012)- A U.S based college has made a proposal to the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to restore portions of the non-operational sugar industry into a tourist attraction.
Tamika Keane of the New York, Bronx-based Monroe College explained that the aim of her group's proposal was to showcase the possibility of increasing visitor arrivals through the sugar industry. Her group hopes that the St. Kitts and Nevis administration would accept the proposal for phase II of an agro-tourism development project.
Her group wants the second phase to include a sugarcane field, factory, a museum, restaurants and shops.
""We chose sugar and specifically in St. Kitts and Nevis because sugar is phased out and using it as a remembrance of what sugarcane was once known for," Keane told Demerara Waves Online News.
In a report from New York, the twin-island federation's Tourism Minister, Sen. Ricky Skerritt said the sugar-tourism proposal that copped first place at Tuesday's Caribbean Tourism Organisation's Students Colloquium would have to be "fine-tuned."
The St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Minister said the proposal would have to be fine-tuned because the Monroe College students' proposal does not take into account the cost of implementing such a project.
"They are throwing some concepts of the sugar industry with cutting sugar cane and some other things that no longer exist and you would have to actually create. It involves some costly assets," he told Demerara Waves Online News.
Skerritt, however, noted that it would still be possible to simulate sugar production closer to a central location rather than in close proximity to existing tourist attractions. "The location of their project is right on the other side of the island from where the sugar factory is so they married some things together that are not necessarily nearby," he said.
The minister praised the Monroe College students for seeking to perpetuate the sugar culture of the federation, saying that their proposal is similar to the Taiwan-funded agro-tourism project in rural St. Kitts.
The two-year project, which began three months ago, is being implemented on 22 acres of land. Indigenous fruits and vegetables and Chinese medicinal herbs from both St Kitts and Nevis, and Taiwan will be planted on the site of a former sugar cane plantation, Sir Gillies.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Friday 8th June, 2012)-The stage is set and the athletes are all waiting for the starters gun, as the Silver Jubilee Stadium in Basseterre gets set and ready to host this weekend’s 2nd Biennial OECS Invitational Championships.
After some scintillating performances last Sunday 3rd June, by local athletes, it is now the turn of top athletes from across the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States to go head to head in what is expected to be a keenly contested event and one of the last opportunities for regional athletes to qualify for this summer’s Olympic games in London.
The event will take place this Sunday 10th June.
Public Relations Officer of the St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Evris Huggins, while speaking on local radio on Friday, indicated that 5 countries will be competing from the OECS; namely Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Grenada St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis. There will also be a specially invited team out of Trinidad and Tobago.
He added that one can expect the nation’s top athletes competing against other top performers from the OECS. The official said that following last week’s showing, the preparations and readiness of local athletes is going well. So too is the preparation from a technical stand point because the coaching staff has been working very hard with the team.
The meet is being hosted by the SKNAAA while the OECS Athletic Congress is the body that will oversee the event.
The meet is expected to feature top OECS athletes such as Daniel Bailey out of Antigua and Barbuda and also Janelle Redhead of Grenada, along with Kim Collins and others from St. Kitts and Nevis.