Antigua Cruise Port donated five (5) benches to the Ministry of Tourism on Thursday.
The benches have been at Devil’s Bridge for a while but were officially handed over to the Ministry during a brief meeting at the site.
Antigua Cruise Port Leasing & Marketing Officer Jessica Russell said, “Devil’s Bridge is a popular attraction, and many times people visit and don’t have a place to sit. The donation of these benches is a practical way to enhance the experience when people come here."
Ministry of Tourism Community Relations Officer Bertsfield Smithen represented the Ministry at the handover.
Devil's Bridge is a natural rock arch with several blowholes in eastern Antigua. The area is frequented by tourists and locals alike and has been used to host family-friendly events.
The initiative is a part of Antigua Cruise Port’s social thrust to engage and enhance communities. The company’s cruise community training series "Summer Cool II" also concluded on Thursday. Individuals participated in The State of Antigua’s Cruise Industry, International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Awareness Training, Easy and Practical Maintenance Tips, and How to Market Your Business training sessions. Each course was provided at no cost to participants and over seventy (70) certificates were issued.
The company sponsored the National Public Library’s Summer Reading Programme and made a presentation to students about the importance of tourism to the country as well.
Additionally, Antigua Cruise Port is a sponsor of Carnival- the country's premier cultural festival.