The Lanyang Museum – Taiwan
Basseterre, St. Kitts, Nevis
March 09, 2011 (CUOPM)
St. Kitts and Nevis has welcomed the offer of assistance from the Yilan County Lanyang Museum in Taiwan.
“Training is a good place to start and of course to explore areas where you would be able to assist us in enhancing what already is part of our cultural heritage and then promoting and presenting. Training is critically important,” said St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the end of a guided tour of the recently completed four-floor project.
Prime Minister Douglas and his delegation, now on a visit to Taiwan were invited by the museum’s Director, Dr. Jen-I Liao to tour the NT$1.02 billion project, completed late year after nearly a decade to build.
“If there is something that we can do for St. Kitts and Nevis, we would be honoured to give assistance,” said Dr. Jen, who added that Lanyang Museum translates everyday life and gives the people and the visitor a greater understanding of Yilan County by preserving and promoting the county’s natural environment, historical sites, archaeological artifacts, and cultural heritage, in order to share these resources with the people.
Prime Minister Douglas said heritage tourism can play a very critical component in growing and developing the tourism product in St. Kitts and Nevis as part of the continuing efforts to diversify this sector of the economy.
“This aspect of life being displayed in this way to visitors as well as generations to come can be exceptionally important in the promotion of tourism,” said Dr. Douglas, citing the need to explore ways and ideas.
It is expected the museum will attract 400,000 visitors a year, during its first three years of operation.