JIS News

A sum of $22.75 million has been allocated to the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, for infrastructure works to be undertaken to facilitate Cricket World Cup 2007.
The allocation, now before the House of Representatives, will be spent at two tourist attractions, the Bath Fountain in St. Thomas and Milk River Hotel and Spa in Clarendon; the Tourism Liaison Unit and the Tourism Development Company (TPDCo).
A total of $2.32 million has been allotted for the rehabilitation of the Bath Fountain, which will comprise the refurbishing and beautification of the property and the purchase of a mini-bus.
The Milk River Hotel and Spa has been given $3.25 million, which will be used for the fencing of the property and for the refurbishing of the building and the purchase of equipment.
The Tourism Liaison Unit has been given a total sum of $4.18 million to undertake its core function of co-ordinating and managing the “Off-the-Pitch Dimension”, that is, the programme that relates to the non-cricket elements of World Cup Cricket 2007.
The Unit will also act as the key liaison for the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, with all external stakeholders who will be undertaking activities specifically related to the World Cup.
A total of $13 million has been allocated to TPDCo, to be used for preparing stakeholders within the tourism industry for hosting activities associated with Cricket World Cup 2007.
The programmes to be funded from this sum are the implementation of a bed and breakfast/home stay programme and the implementation of training and sensitization seminars that covers cultural awareness, tourism sensitization, events planning and tour guiding.