Cruise companies are increasingly likely to invest in the development of private ports on heavenly websites to offer a new experience to travelers.
Among others, the company Carnival has invested $ 85 million in the Amber Cove complex in the Dominican Republic, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The place, which opened last October, includes shops, a beach, restaurants, bars and the ability to perform several activities.
Carnival estimated 350 000 visitors disembark at Amber Cove during the year.
Other cruise operators have similar projects, Norwegian Cruise Line, which wants to open his own attraction to Belize in November.
One of the major projects whose construction started at the beginning of March is one of MSC Cruises. The Swiss company will invest nearly $ 200 million for his island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, which is expected to welcome its first passengers in December 2017 in the Bahamas.
Among the facilities to be constructed will include an amphitheater with 2,000 seats, restaurants, bars, a pavilion for weddings and a port for ships. For his project, the cruise company based in Geneva, has acquired 95 acres of land including a beach 11,400 feet which will be divided into six separate parts.
According to Bloomberg, cruise lines derive financial benefits by developing private ports, which derive income souvenirs and drinks purchased on the site as well as excursions sold to tourists.
This type of project does not please everyone. Bloomberg reports that Carnival, which plans to build a tourist site near Freeport, Bahamas, is facing protests from local residents. They fear that future installations have negative economic impacts on local merchants and restaurateurs.