The Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency, Dr Irving McIntyre has said that plans for a tourism center for the valley have been amended to first establish a vendor’s arcade.
Hon McIntyre explained that the original plan for the tourism center could have hurt micro business in the area hence the adjustment to the idea to instead begin with a vendor’s arcade.
“Initially we had a massive plan to build a tourism center in Wotten Waven and that would have included the vendor’s arcade, restaurants, booths and shops and even some sulphur pools as well,”he explained, “but in Wotten Waven, we are known for community tourism and somehow in the plan it was defeating the purpose to have little sulphur pools there, which would be actually competing with the people in Wotten Waven themselves.”
Hon McIntyre added that the initial plan was therefore amended.
“We thought let us just shelve these ones a bit and let us come with something new. So, what we are going to do in the first phase is get the vendors arcade; so we can have washroom facilities so the tourists can feel comfortable when they come and all the vendors, all from Wotten Waven, will have their different stalls.
“Later we can come to Phase II and Phase III,” he said. “We just didn’t want the initial one where it would be competing. I wouldn’t want the villagers competing with the sulphur pools at that facility that we spoke about.
“We are ontrack with this; later this year we will be starting that program. I think that people are pretty pleased [with] the way we are going rather than to have other people from outside just come and take over those things.”
The second and third phases were not detailed.