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Barbados announced plans this week to open a brand new $300 million cruise terminal in the capital city of Bridgetown.
The two-year project will be spearheaded by Barbados Port Incorporated in a joint venture with a consortium comprising Barbadian company SMI Infrastructure Solutions Incorporated and Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited.
A minimum of 200 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase, with 500 more added through related commercial activities. Once completed, the facility is also expected to feature Barbados rum and sugar culture as a major theme throughout.
Cruise tourism in Barbados has grown from just over 127,000 in 1985 to 726,543 last year. The highest number of cruise passengers 812,863 was recorded in 2004.
The pier will be built in two-phases. The first phase will incorporate two cruise piers. The new piers are expected to hold some of the world’s largest cruise ships.
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