Basseterre, St. Kitts, Feb. 04, 2016 (SKNIS): Minister of Tourism, Honourable Lindsay Grant said that ensuring that there are amenities for the “lifestyle visitor,” has been identified by his ministry as a key requisite for that tourism niche, which the developments at Christophe Harbour can help the Federation to achieve.
Minister Grant stated this following a tour of the resort area on Wednesday, (February 03), when he also informed that over the last few months efforts have gone into targeting this type of visitor as well as into positioning St. Kitts and Nevis to become a golf destination.
“We’re going really for that lifestyle visitor who’s going to come and have the capacity to spend in St. Kitts and Nevis,” Minister Grant said. “So this (Christophe Harbour) is really in keeping with the tourism product which we are driving at the moment.”
The opening of the Park Hyatt at Christophe Harbour is also scheduled to coincide with the commencement of construction of a golf course which “will be positioned as one of the best destination golf courses in the world given its setting on those spectacular cliffs.”
This was according to Executive Vice President, William Anderson, who was among the Christophe Harbour personnel who led the tour. He explained that “each area of the development has a very distinct flavor,” which lends to its superiority among the English-speaking Caribbean.
“We really believe, except for the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, this is the single largest project of its kind in the Caribbean at present,” Mr. Anderson said. “We see it as a tremendous destination in and of itself. When the resort is completed, virtually anything you would want in the hospitality sector and realm would be represented.”
It is anticipated that as Christophe Harbour continues to develop, there will be more restaurants and retail businesses coming on stream.
The Marina was also identified as a hub of activity since its opening in February of 2015.
“As you saw today, the heart of the development is in fact the marina, which was completed last year and is now being positioned as really the premier yacht facility in the Eastern Caribbean and one of the best in the world,” Mr. Anderson said. “We have in recent weeks had as many as 10 super yachts in the Marina which is a great feather in the cap for the Federation. And moreover, the ancillary businesses on the island that have to support what’s happening be it a florist, be it fuel etc.”
Mr. Anderson’s team that led the tour had also included Vice President of Sales, Thomas Lipman and Sales Manager Martin Roach, while the government officials were Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and Minister of Tourism Honourable Lindsay Grant.