More than 40 tourism-related projects,
totaling approximately $1.4 billion, will be completed on Antigua
and Barbuda in the next five years, according to the Ministry of
Tourism. The development projects are part of the ministry's
strategic plan "to expand and strengthen the destination experience
for guests," according to Harold Lovell, minister of tourism.
combination of new hotels, restaurants, residential units and
sports facilities, "Each project is an indication of our partners'
and investors' confidence in the current and future tourism
product," Lovell said.
Several of the
hotel projects include:
Antigua Resort & Spa is undergoing a $70 million expansion,
including a 180-suite Mediterranean Village that also will feature
11 one-bedroom suites with plunge pools. The expansion will bring
to nine the number of restaurants at the resort (up from five).
Opening date of the new village section is set for February
Best Western will
open its first property in Antigua. The $35 million Best Western
Dikenson Bay Palace Resort will be completed in two phases with the
first being a 100-room, all-inclusive property. No timetable has
$13.2 million upgrade at Blue Waters resort will be completed by
The $28 million
Verandah, a new Elite Island Resort property, is under construction
and will include 150 rooms when completed in late 2007.
Work is scheduled
to start soon on an $8.7 million luxury resort on Barbuda
consisting of 40 wooden bungalow suites near Pelican Bay. The
project is a joint venture between the government of Antigua and
Barbuda and the Miami-based Market Positioning Group.
In the sports
arena, the new Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is on target to host the
2007 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup next
The $54 million
stadium will have a seating capacity of 10,000, although additional
seating will be arranged to accommodate the 20,000 visitors
expected during World Cup.
For information on
Antigua and Barbuda, visit www.antigua-barbuda.org.
contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].