Nearly 1,000 residents from Honduran communities joined dozens of politicians and business leaders in Trujillo, Honduras, on March 11 for the ground-breaking ceremony for Banana Coast, which is set to become Honduras’ first mainland cruise port.
President Porfirio Lobo Sosa symbolically laid the first brick to mark the start of construction on the 50,000-square-foot commercial center that will include boutiques, restaurants and tour excursion offices. “This project has a lot of significance for the region,” Lobo said. “The cruise port will be crucial for the development of Trujillo and its surrounding neighborhoods.”
The $20 million project, led by Grande Trujillo Autoridad -- a partnership between the Municipality of Trujillo, local landowners led by Life Vision Properties and Miami-based Global Destinations Development -- is expected to create more than 3,000 jobs, according to GTA board member Randy Jorgensen.
Other attending officials included Noel Ruiz, mayor of Santa Fe; Marco Lainez, deputy minister of SERNA; Juan Hernandez, president of the national congress; and Jose Lainez, mayor of Trujillo.
“In the past year, the town has been making significant capital improvements in anticipation of the cruise port construction,” said Michael Greve, president of Global Destinations Development. “Building facades are being repaired, streets are being re-cobbled and sidewalks are being installed near where the cruise ships will dock.” The facilities are expected to be complete and ready to accept cruise passengers in 2012. For more information, visit www.bananacoast.com.