Jamaica-based nature adventure company CHUKKA Caribbean Adventure is expanding to Antigua.
The company is working with the government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Ministry of Tourism and Investments on a public-private partnership to develop, manage and operate a new “historical” eco-adventure attraction at Fort Barrington in Antigua.
The project will be financed through both local and foreign investment.
Chukka has extensive experience in developing tour products for the cruise and hotel industry, with operations in Jamaica, Barbados, Belize, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic.
“We are truly excited about this potential partnership between Antigua and Barbuda and Chukka,” said Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Minster Charles “Max” Fernandez. “We are always looking for world-class partners, and in this instance, based on their track-record of developing Caribbean tours and attractions, we are excited to welcome this relationship with Chukka. This new attraction will help support the exponential growth in guests expected at the new cruise berth.”
The announcement comes as Antigua’s new fifth cruise pier in St John’s will be soon be welcoming the world’s largest cruise ships — creating the need for more supporting infrastructure, officials said.
“Fort Barrington is an amazing historical icon that needs to be polished and have its’ story told. Chukka, as a Caribbean owned and operated company, loves identifying our region’s natural and historical beauty and unlocking it for the world to see. We are honored to have been chosen as the development partner for this marquee historical nature adventure attraction. We look forward to working with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the various Ministries, and local Partners/Stakeholders to develop a world-class development at Fort Barrington” said the company’s CEO Marc Melville.