Charlestown, Nevis, November 18, 2018 – With stagnation in cruise sector of the tourism industry in Nevis, a call has been made for the portfolio to be given to another minister.
Premier of Nevis, Hon. Mark Brantley is the Minister of Tourism. He is also the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation, collecting two salaries monthly – one from the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the other from the Nevis Island Administration, in addition to two travel allowances, two constituency allowances and two telephone allowances.
“We seriously need another Minister of Tourism (for Nevis). The tourism ministry will run better if it falls under a minister who can give it more time to focus on,” said Nevisian businessman, Randy Jeffers.
Calling on the people of Nevis “to get real,” Mr. Jeffers, the owner of Nevis’ popular Lime Beach Bar on Pinney’s Beach and Nevis’ biggest tour operator, pointed out that Premier Brantley is also Minister of Finance, Statistics, Economic Planning, Education, Library Services, Human Resources, Industry, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Health, Tourism and Information Technology, Public Utilities and Foreign Investments and still serving in the Federal Government as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation “a bit much even for iron man.”
“Maybe the other Ministries are getting results but I can only report on the industry I’m working in. Numbers are down in tourism, so I think I have every right as a citizen of Nevis to share my concerns,” said Jeffers in a posting on his FaceBook account.
Further pointing out that cruise numbers have dropped by 50 percent in Nevis, Jeffers noted that the Charlestown cruise port which was destroyed by hurricanes Irma and Maria “is about to collapse.”
“They did not spend $1 to fix the pier, I’m still surprised we are allowed to use it. Pinney’s Beach has no parking and over 500 potholes, airport gathering dust, no hotels breaking ground. Thank God for the day trips to Nevis from the tourists visiting St. Kitts,” Jeffers posted.
“I’m not asking for an election to change the government. I’m asking for a new minister of tourism. Someone with the time and passion for the job,” said Jeffers, who further noted that many private businesses are doing their own marketing, but the ministry also needs to do more.