Pictured here at the official plaque unveiling are: (l-r) Chief Executive Officer of Barbados Port Inc., David Jean-Marie; CEO at the BTPA Dr. Kerry Hall; Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy; and Deputy Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc. Captain George Fergusson. (Photo Credit: PRMR Inc.)
The recent refurbishment of the South Point Lighthouse has provided yet another opportunity for Barbados to further expand its tourism offerings.
This assertion was made by Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, while speaking at the official unveiling and reopening of the lighthouse last Thursday, at its Atlantic Shores, Christ Church location.
According to Mr. Sealy the lighthouse, which was constructed in the mid-19th century, is a valuable addition to Barbados’ tourism product, especially because “lighthouses globally are considered serious tourist attractions”.
“The story of the Barbados lighthouses is one that can be told and marketed to improve our tourism offering; they also can serve as an opportunity to tell Barbadians a little bit about our history…. It is my view that it will be a fundamental improvement as a tourism offering to our destination. I look forward as well to the commercialisation of this facility,” he said, while citing the possibility for financial gain.
The Minister added that refurbishing the 90-foot cast iron lighthouse was a “worthwhile investment”, especially since it was “literally a piece of history”.
Erected in 1852 the 119 step lighthouse, was recently given a complete facelift inclusive of the installation of new windows and vents.