Heritage, Redcliffe quays study nears completion

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The preliminary findings of a study aimed at charting the course of Antigua & Barbuda’s cruise business over the next two decades is expected to be in the hands of government in a matter of weeks.

The investigation, commissioned by St John’s Development Corporation (SJDC), the Ministry of Tourism & Global Destinations Development, got under way last month.

It will assess operations of Heritage and Redcliffe quays shopping complexes in the face of complaints of congestion and other problems.

Chairman of the SJDC Sylvester Browne said the consultancy team, headed byMichael Greve with the assistance of OBM architects, have being gathering critical data from the various cruise tourism sectors over the past few weeks.

He said the report, due in two weeks, will update stakeholders on the progress made so far.

“All that information is being put together, especially the interim report on the fitness test, how we stock up against other ports in all aspects from shopping to tour experience and general cleanliness. All of those figures will be in and we will be able to make a fairly informed statement as to the way forward,” the SJDC chairman said.

Without going into detail, Brown said a number of suggestions have been made as to how the SDJC could go about making improvements.

He said, however, certain changes will require decisions to be made at Cabinet level.

It is anticipated that the test will be completed by June 2012, with the corporation implementing improvements later this year.

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