Liberia: Tourism Department Accelerates Renovation Works At Historic Providence Island

Tourism Department Accelerates Renovation Works At Historic Providence Island

Ahead of the official commemoration of the 2020 World Tourism Day, renovation works at the Providence Island is well underway, the heritage site is not only being well restored, but when completed the island will serve as a trinket of attraction and a home for massive tourist attraction.

During an assessment tour by the Liberia News Agency (LINA) it was observed that many new features have been added to the facility which will make the place conducive for tourists as well as elements reminiscent of the Trans-Atlantic movement of settled slaves.

The renovation works which is being done by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism will give the Providence Island a conducive shape at night as the construction team already begun the erection of light poles at the various corners of the island.

The construction of a giant size theatre on the island is another addition that worth commendation as it will subsequently help address the issue of sitting during public events which will be hosted at the island.

Memories of the Ship Elizabeth (known also as Mayflower) will be invoked during the celebration, as a giant size ship to mimic the historical vessel which brought the settlers to the island is nearing completion.

During the tour, the Assistant Minister for Tourism at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) Princess Turkolon, told LINA that the aim of the Government is to make Liberia a tourist destination for tourists across the world as part of continuous effort to ensure the growth and development of the country.

Min. Turkolon cited that she and her team are doing everything possible in the scope of operations to ensure that Liberia is placed on the map of Africa in the context of tourism.

"I am focusing on the Providence Island because it is the birthplace of Liberia and subsequently we will move to other tourist attractions across the country. I have to look at the Providence Island to complete everything before moving to the others areas across the country," Turkolon noted.

She then commended the Minister of Finance and Development, Samuel D. Tweah for the resounding support by the Ministry of Finance to the tourism sector, stating, "I really appreciate him for the level of understanding, for the level of commitment for the belief he has in us for the sector."

The tourism official urged Liberians to rally their efforts and get involved with the sanitation process in Liberia and forget about playing the usual blame game.

Min. Turkolon observed that politics has divided Liberians to a certain extent where they have forgotten their country, urging all not to allow politics to divide them in their quest to develop their country.

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