Charlestown Nevis (February 23, 2007)
Junior Minister in the Premier’s Ministry, Hon. Dwight Cozier, who is government’s representative to the Nevis Visitor Experience Enhancement Committee (NVEEC), on Tuesday, commended members of the committee as well as Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman, Mr. Val Henry.
Minister Cozier showered the organisers with high praise following a joint meeting of the organisations on Tuesday 20th Febrauray at the Nevis Tourism Authority Conference Room in Charlestown.
“I had meetings with LOC chairman, Mr. Val henry, and Nevis visitor experience enhancement committee, Mr. Devon Liburd and his team. The meeting was rather smoothly and the organisers for the event for the visitor enhancement have been doing a commendable job. I also took the opportunity to profoundly thank these persons for the remarkable job that they are doing. I also wanted to share with them my gratitude to be able to work with them towards achieving our goal of making the visitor experience enhancement of St. Kitts and Nevis a success” he said.Meantime, while visiting Nevis on Tuesday LOC chairman, Mr.Val Henry accompanied by Mr. Raye John, through the outreach promotion programme of Cricket World Cup (CWC) made presentations to the Charlestown Secondary Schools, Charlestown Primary School, Lynn Jeffers Secondary, ST. Thomas Primary and Gingerland Secondary School.
The LOC officials also had the opportunity to meet with their Nevis counterparts, organizing activities CWC and various stakeholders in the private sector of the Nevis Hotel and Tourism Authority and members of the Nevis chapter of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
At a press briefing, the LOC chairman said that the visit to Nevis afforded the opportunity to update Ministers of the Nevis Island Administration [NIA] on plans and preparations and to update them on the developments pertaining to the opening of CWC.
” I think I left the meeting with Minister Cozier feeling very pleased that the NIA is very much on board and its showing great interest to ensure that Nevis is part of the experience of CWC. They too have been keeping close checks on what the Nevis committee has been doing with a view to providing all the support that is necessary. I would say within the last 48 hours this is perhaps the 3rd meeting that we’ve had with Minister Cozier, and we anticipate more meetings with him to fine tune the opportunities that are there for Nevis to feel a part of the exercise.
I have no doubt that when these activities are staged that the people of Nevis are going be thrilled with the outcome because it is anticipated that quite a number of visitors and residents on St. Kitts will come across as they do during Culturama to partake in the activities, so we are very encouraged by the involvement of the government”, Mr. Henry said.
With just 15 days before the opening ceremony in Jamaica and 17 days before the first ball is bowled at 9:15 am on March 14th at Warner Park St. Kitts, and four major activities scheduled to take place on Nevis during the March 14 ““ 24 period.
It is anticipated that an estimated 4 ““ 6 thousand visitors and returning nationals will come to the Federation to be part of the historic occasion and also for the experience and the well known hospitality provided by the Federation.