The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has announced plans to build a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed park at Wallilabou, more than 20 years after the movie was filmed there.
The proposal by Minister of Tourism and Culture, Carlos James also comes long after all the parts of the set that were on public property have long disappeared, even as those on private property remain largely intact.
“This year, we will also explore and conceptualise designs for a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Park at Wallilabou,” James said on Tuesday in his State of the Tourism Industry Address.
“It is important that we look at how we can further develop our tourism product offering,” said James, who was assigned the tourism and culture ministry after being elected to Parliament for the first time in November 2020.
“We have to ensure that we have all of the right services and sites that are of a quality standard to ensure that persons coming to the destination can really see the true benefit of our product.”
James said that the design concept will “take into account the themed movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
“We are looking at scouting lands closest to the beach where we can look at further developing to accommodate a state-of-the-art themed park restaurant, a full-on area, a pool and, naturally, beach access for persons coming by sea,” James said.
“This is something that St. Vincent and the Grenadines we have longed been calling for. And we will finally start the design concepts for that product this year with hopes of implementing in the year 2025.”
He said the government continues to rehabilitate Fort Charlotte, which is located in Edinboro and overlooks Kingstown.
The rehabilitation includes the installation of a cafeteria and other ancillary services.
“At the end of the rehabilitative work, the fort will be put in trust to National Parks, with the National Cultural Foundation to host a number of cultural activities, and also see the management of Fort Charlotte as one of our national parks across St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” the minister said.