The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is optimistic that the country will see an increase in cruise ship arrival with the construction of the new pier.
Government Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst while speaking to ZDK news disclosed that cruise arrivals for 2016 will be higher than the 23% in 2015 with the completion of the new pier by November, 2016 which will see cruise liners bringing almost 10,000 passengers and crew with every call.
Hurst said that the government will also be spending more that 40 million dollars to upgrade Fort James in an effort attract more tourist arrival.
It will cost more than US$5 million for the construction of the new pier that will be 300 meters longer than the existing Heritage Quay pier.
After an extensive study on the economic value of the port extension, the Executive Director of the St. John’s Development Corporation (SJDC) reported to Cabinet that the number of visitors that will arrive by cruise ship is likely to exceed 1 million by 2020.