With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting the tourism product, especially the cruise sector, the St. John’s Development Corporation (SJDC) will be expanding its offerings at the respective Vendors Malls when things return to some level of normalcy.
In the past, vendors plying their trade at these locations would offer souvenirs, T-shirts and other articles designed to invoke memories of an Antigua and Barbuda vacation.
However, the pandemic has exposed the weakness of this type of merchandise: Most of the vendors are unable to ply their trade, since no cruise ships are calling, and locals are not attracted to what is on offer.
Saiid Greene, Director of City and Urban Renewal at SJDC, says the Corporation has used this down-time to redesign how the vendors’ booths are laid out.
He says the arcade located at the back of the General Post Office will be commissioned shortly, and will offer a wider variety of items.
Greene says it has been a difficult time, not only for the vendors, but for taxi operators and store-owners in Heritage Quay.
Meanwhile, the Director says he looks forward to an active cruise tourism season once the all-clear has been given for cruise ships to resume travel.