Saint Lucia’s vision to become a world-class integrated tourism destination moved a step closer to fruition after the signing of an agreement that will see the creation of an international cruise terminal development alongside the Hewanorra International Airport.
The signing is the latest notable marker in the creation of an integrated development called the Pearl of the Caribbean which has been designed by the internationally acclaimed Master Planning and Urban Design office, Teo A. Khing Design Consultants, and which is being master developed by DSH Caribbean Star Limited.
The securing of land at ‘Site C’, one of three sites that forms the Pearl of the Caribbean, quickly follows on from:
- The provision of in principle approval of the Land Use Master Plan for ‘Site A’ which includes a gated community of premium hillside villas, an international standard racecourse, and a commercial town centre;
- The completion of phase one of construction of the above-mentioned racecourse and facilities;
- The confirmed support of the Government of Saint Lucia in the launching of a new thoroughbred horse industry with a flagship racing carnival, the 2019 CECF Saint Lucia, later this year.
The Pearl of the Caribbean has been publicized as a ‘nation-building project’ for Saint Lucia and will include a cruise ship terminal, marina, entertainment quarter and casino, international racecourse, a gateway touristic town centre as well as premium residential and mixed up properties.
The significant momentum being generated around the Pearl of the Caribbean has not been lost of the international business community which continues to engage Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of DSH Caribbean Star Limited, as he traverses between the Caribbean, China, Europe, and the USA.
The acclaimed architect, entrepreneur, businessman and racehorse owner and breeder is also promoting the 2019 CECF Saint Lucia which will be held later this year as part of Saint Lucia’s yearlong celebrations commemorating 40 years of independence.
Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of DSH Caribbean Star Limited
The lifestyle and racing event is expected to draw a significant international audience to Saint Lucia that includes members of China Horse Club, private and institutional investors, leading thoroughbred racing owners and personalities and senior government leaders.
In addition to the CECF Saint Lucia, the second half of 2019 is expected to see studies and planning carried out at Site C following this latest signing for 75 acres of land on the southern border of the Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort Bay.
Upon its completion, the cruise terminal at Vieux Fort Bay will have two mooring berths to cater for the world’s largest cruise ships and will integrate with the new terminal at Hewanorra International Airport which will have the capacity for more than 1 million airport arrivals.
The cruise terminal development at Vieux Fort Bay will allow for cruises to start and finish in the south, providing the opportunity to capture a new segment of the cruise ship market who have accommodation, entertainment and social needs before and after their cruises.