By Klieon John

St. Kitts Reporter.

With all the whisperings of tourism-related developments in the making, persons are left wondering just what to expect in respect to our new major income-earning industry.

The Observer sought some confirmation to the rumors of new hotels, marine ports, and the arrival of international franchises. Unoma Allen, corporate communications manager in the Ministry of Tourism was able to shed some light on the issue.

“The aim of the tourism industry is to essentially impact the frequency of direct flights to the island, especially out of the UK in order to attract hotel development. In addition, we are looking more to attract the upscale clientele. The main reason for this is that they are more willing to spend money and are more inclined to venture out of the hotels and try different restaurants and tours.

“If tourism is to be beneficial we need to develop an industry that will have a multiplying effect on the entire island because we want our locals to benefit as well. Also, if we have upscale clientele who are going to venture out, human resources need to supply the needs of those individuals therefore human resource development is key. To this end, we are trying to develop programs within the tertiary level and even organize certain scholarships abroad and you can be sure that there will be more efforts to execute human resource development.”

She also spoke of the hotels we can expect in the near future. One of these is the five-star multi-national hotel: the Mandarin Hotel.

Another is our very own local Kittitian Heights Resort, to be located in St. Pauls. Construction for this is already fully underway.