DEEP BAY, Antigua -- Antigua Prime Minister Lester Bird, speaking
at a two-day tourism summit at the Royal Antiguan here, announced
plans to launch a Tourism Development Corp. as a government-private
sector partnership and set Jan. 31 as the proposed startup date.
According to Bird, the development corporation's goals -- once
funding is established -- include increased promotion of investment
possibilities to increase the nation's room count by 1,800 units to
a total of 5,000 by 2006.
He also seeks implementation of enhanced marketing, promotion,
research and other efforts focused on the realities of post-Sept.
Quality control of the tourism product and an effort to expand
cruise ship calls also would be TDC responsibilities.
Legislation enabling formation of the TDC was approved in
At present, a government-run Department of Tourism, overseen by
Shirlene Nibbs, director general, is responsible for some of these