Saint Lucia’s new Minister for Tourism, Hon. Dominic Fedee, recently visited Boka Group’s property at Belvedere Plantation, the location of the island’s first Citizenship-by-Investment progam-approved hotel development near Canaries.
The Minister accompanied Boka CEO, John Kennedy, to the site.
“Our government has already pledged its support for this project. We need more rooms and this development is going to be one of Saint Lucia’s prime products. This site gives the developer a tremendous opportunity to create one of the best tourist concepts in the world and this will be a show-case development of Saint Lucian diversity,” Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said.
“I am pleased that the minister and I have had occasion to discuss this project on-site and in some detail, and I am encouraged by the priority that he has pledged to help us deliver new room capacity for the island. We have a common goal of increasing the number of rooms offered to the international market and at the same time creating new local employment,” Kennedy said.
“As the first CIP-approved hotel project in Saint Lucia, we want to look at every opportunity to make Belvedere Plantation as attractive as possible to discerning global travellers. During my meeting with Prime Minister Chastanet last week, I conveyed our commitment to bringing new room capacity into the market as soon as possible and to working together for this common objective in the interests of both our investors as well as the local work-force.”
Developers hope to preserve the Belvedere Plantation’s historic Mahaut Estate, with only 9 percent low-density build, and 91 percent of the property remaining as an active plantation. Developers also aim to provide up to 800 jobs for residents of neighbouring communities in Belvedere, Bouton, Canaries and beyond.