Anse La Raye village tourism initiative plans major upgrades
The community of Anse La Raye has received over one million dollars which will go towards the development of quality community infrastructure as part of the Village Tourism project.
The project will include upgrades to the vending stalls to reinvigorate the Fish Fry, the village square, and the creation of waterfront five-star seafood restaurants, bars, and a café and a mini-hotel on the site of the old police station.
"Our vision for Village Tourism has always been geared towards improving the standard and quality of living in our villages by significantly improving public spaces and facilities. This will provide an authentic local experience to visitors, which will better position villagers and local entrepreneurs to benefit much more from economic and tourism activity," Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said.
The advanced stages of the project will also see the conversion of the old police station to include government offices, the upgrading of the jetty and installation of moorings.
Parliamentary Representative for Anse La Raye, Dominic Fedee says the significant project will transform the community and bring about much economic stimulus.
"I think it is important to send a message to communities like Anse La Raye that you believe in them and that you believe in their warmth, their mystique, their charm and that you always believe in their beauty, it is one of the most beautiful villages in the world," Fedee declared.
Local entrepreneurs are encouraged to position themselves to take advantage of the many opportunities that this initiative will bring.
According to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, "The Village Tourism business grant is designed to encourage entrepreneurs and property owners in each village to upgrade their facilities and product offerings.
All business owners will be licensed and will undergo training to ensure that the accommodations and services are at the same level as they would be in a hotel or resort.
Local owners will also be supported with branding, marketing, sales, customer service and accounting systems."
The funding for the project according to the MP was made possible by the Taiwanese government.
The project is set to begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed in the next eight months.
Similar initiatives are expected to be rolled out in other communities such as Gros Islet, Canaries and Choiseul.