The Keith Mitchell government is hoping to commercialise at least four heritage/tourism sites on the island during the early part of 2017.
This was disclosed by former Tourism Minister Yolande Bain-Horsford who now holds the portfolio of Agriculture.
Speaking at Tuesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, the female government minister identified the sites for commercialisation as Fort George, Fort Frederick, Annandale Waterfall, and the Grand Etang national park.
Prime Minister Mitchell who is also the Minister of Finance first hinted at the commercialisation of these sites during his presentation of the 2016 Budget in November 2015.
Minister Bain-Horsford told reporters that government is “hoping that it (the commercialisation of the four sites) would happen very early next year so that we can move our tourism development plan forward.”
She said that the current Tourism Minister, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen is working to get the commercialisation process going and “very soon you would hear bids out there.”
Pointing out that Grenada is regarded as “one of the best tourism sites in the Caribbean,” the female government minister stressed the need “to refresh our (tourism) sites, to make sure that we have the right things (in place)”.
“We are very unique, we have a diversity of things that no other island has and we have to ensure that we have our sites well prepared for our visitors when they arrive,” she said.
Prime Minster Mitchell had also announced in the last budget that government had taken a decision to relocate the headquarters of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) from Fort George in order to facilitate the commercialisation of this historic site.
In making the announcement, Dr. Mitchell had said that an “alternative site has been identified (and that) efforts were on the way to mobilise funds to build an appropriate facility on that particular site”.
Since then, information has not been forthcoming from the cash-strapped New National Party (NNP) government on the new police headquarters.