Strides made in tourism and hospitality sector during his tenure have not been repeated since, Lovell says

Gains in the tourism and hospitality sector are among the high points of the United Progressive Party’s tenure, says former Minister of Tourism Harold Lovell.

In a quick recount of his achievements in that Ministry, Lovell says that more rooms and properties were built during the UPP’s time in office than in any other period.

He also recalls that several new gateways were opened in air travel. And in the cruise sector, meanwhile, good contracts were embarked upon, with Carnival and other cruise lines – including for summer calls – as a result of careful and skillful negotiations.

Lovell says he is particularly proud to have piloted the Cricket Incentives Act, which saw over 40 new properties, owned by Antiguans and Barbudans, coming on stream – an initiative that had not been taken before and has not been repeated since then.

The construction of these properties is a testimony to the Party’s commitment to empowering the people and getting them on the ladder to success, he declares.

Lovell also boasts of the strides the UPP made in revolutionizing information technology across the country.