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Barbados Targets Increased Yacht Arrivals

by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London

04 January 2013


The Barbados government has confirmed that it has ploughed BBD2m (USD980,000) into improving local mooring facilities to foster pleasure yachting as a new niche market for Barbados's tourism product.

The investment has been made to the careenage area of Bridgetown, a key destination for small yachts.

Commenting on the sidelines of the Classic Trans-Atlantic Race to Barbados, the island's Minister of International Business and International Transport George Hutson, said: "The Port has done substantial work in developing the infrastructure. We have put enough buoys to berth 40 yachts, [and] we are going to be putting additional buoys in the outer careenage." Recreational facilities are being developed for occupants of yachts berthed in the area, he added.

The bulk of the work has involved making available potable water and electrical outlets to yachtowners, to encourage more stopover trips to Barbados, and the installation of a travelift for boats up to 40 tons.

Further exploratory work is underway to enlarge the capacity of other facilities on the island, Hutson confirmed.

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