Caribbean is best known for yachting, real estate and tourism; the three drivers of economy. Of the three, yachting continued its sustainability over the years with tourists, noble guests and celebrities, captain and crew from around the world gather to experience best of the sport.
At the moment, many different yacht owners, charter brokers and guests, captain and managers, even those bearing valid St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship are taking itinerary decisions for the season. You can conveniently find relevant information to qualify with verified reports on almost everything from island’s official airports, harbours, marinas, hospitality industry and yacht services.
Some of the islands in the Caribbean were lucky to remain completely unharmed by the two deadliest hurricanes namely Irma and Maria. St. Kitts and Nevis are among the survivors where government officials are now striving to offer their full support and raise the living standard with best practices and further empowering such services.
About the plan
Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis officially launched Yachting Sector Implementation Plan for 2017-2022 which describes the actual/real-time applicable practices outlined in the previous document. The primary goal is to utilise yachting industry for diversification and strengthening of the national economy. The plan further welcomed applications to the St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship programme thus building on the established land, cruise and real estate strategies.
Once implemented, the plan would develop effectiveness of the island’s access procedures; accelerate work and income opportunities to local community, boost competitiveness of products, services and infrastructure altogether following economically sustainable and environmental-friendly practices.
Aeneas Hollins; director of yachting at the Christophe Harbour, had this to say;
“St. Kitts and Nevis’s history is worth considering. Although the islands had no previous yachting experience, the development of Christophe Harbour established the need to recognise yet another economy boosting factor relating to yachting. We’re fortunate the island’s government and industry is familiar with economic diversification. We realise the need to further develop economic sub-sectors thus ensuring viable growth.”
Government recently offered actual support towards development of the yachting market in St. Kitts and Nevis whereas the very first document was National Yachting Policy released in 2014. Back then, the support was limited to debated and print until now.
Aeneas Hollins further continues;
“On completion of the Strategic Plan we came to understand the need for budget and accountability else, the project wouldn’t have thrived. Our next step was crafting an action plan outlining deliverables and annual goals all of which are highlighted in the plan.”
With the initiation of the plan, government of St. Kitts and Nevis in association with major stakeholders has created functional groups which will focus on different areas such as safety, data, security, budget and finance. These groups are responsible to carry forward the plans thus ensuring effective implementation and progress towards achievement of the goals.
While the allocated budget remains a factor of overall capital needed to jump-start the project development, milestones and success factors towards betterment of the island country are strong and undeniable.