ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday November 28, 2011 – Board of Tourism Director Simon Steill said political will and cooperation among stakeholders will determine the success of a new tourism plan that will be unveiled here tomorrow.
The plan focuses on issues such as investment, quality of service, hotel room stock, airlift, and investment climate to attract domestic and foreign investors.
The roadmap has been greeted with skepticism in some quarters in light of the unsuccessful implementation of similar initiatives in the past.
However, Steill insists this new plan is not an academic exercise.
“There needs to be political will to make this thing happen…there needs to be the creation of an environment that is investor friendly…and the third element that is within our control is how we work together, how we combine our resources, financial as well as human resources….” he said yesterday during an interview with a local internet radio station.
The director said the roadmap draws on the actions of some countries, while at the same time protecting the Spice Isle’s national heritage.
He said authorities would need to find the “balance between the national interest, government interest, and what needs to be done to attract a private entity or entities to invest the millions of dollars that would be required to create a facility that has significant commercial value yet retaining its historical and national importance.”
“The plan is reflective of what all key stakeholders in this country have had to say,” he added.
The Minister of Tourism will have direct control over the implementation of the plan.