Sint Maarten: The government approves the development plan for a hotel and a water park near the port


The Council of Ministers recently approved the action plan known as "Quarter Development", which provides for the construction of the largest water park in the Northeast Caribbean and a hotel on the property adjacent to Dr. AC Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility.

The construction of this project, worth $100 million  will last approximately 18 months and will complement other enhancements to the destination, such as the Philipsburg market.

Acting Minister for Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT), Omar Ottley said on Tuesday: "It is truly a pleasure to see the Council of Ministers unanimously approving the development master plan for the piece. This project has been ongoing for many years and I am extremely honored to be part of it as Acting Minister of TEATT”.

O. Ottley went on to say that it is his mission to maximize the economy as much as possible and strive to make Sint Maarten the premier tourist destination. "Not just in our region but in the world," he said. "The development of the district will allow us to take it to the next level while revitalizing Philipsburg and increasing tourist activities on the Dutch side of the island."

The project will improve the local labor market with 600 jobs during the construction period and up to 500 new employment opportunities upon project completion.

According to the Council of Ministers, these developments add to the experiential value of the destination for visitors and the local community, while supporting Sint Maarten's position as a leading tourist destination.

Using renewable energy, the water park with its thrill rides, river and brand new hotel  will contribute to the attractiveness of the destination thus responding to the tourism industry market. _AF

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