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Crafts Alive Village for November 20 Opening – Hon. Vanterpool

- Aggressive efforts being made to pursue ‘cruise tourism’
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool indicated that the re-vamped Crafts Alive Village would be opened by November 20, 2012. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced last evening, October 30, 2012 during a meeting with prospective vendors of the Crafts Alive Village that his Ministry is pushing hard for a November 20, 2012 deadline for the opening of the Village.

“I think the latest date now… we are shooting very hard for November 20,” the Minister said, adding “we can before that, in the next two weeks or three weeks… we will bring it forward… about a week we’re pushing for.” He declared that November 20 was the “outside date” that was being pushed for in terms of the final date for opening, however, and things were being moved as quickly as possible to make this happen.

Hon. Vanterpool told the prospective vendors assembled at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park that the Village wasn't just about them as vendors but was also about establishing a good tourism product and creating a place where residents can go to enjoy and partake in what is happening at the Village.

The Minister also revealed an initiative that is in the works for a more aggressive marketing approach to have more cruise tourists visit the Territory.

“We are very aggressively trying to get more cruise tourism here… we are trying to get extra ships to fit… we offered to pay for the cost of the tender, if they were to bring their ships… that’s the kind of thing we are out there promoting to get the ships to come although our cruise pier is not quite ready for the biggest ships,” he added.

The gathering, which saw about 50-odd prospective vendors in attendance, was also told that the Ministry would play an active role in the promotion of the Village and there were plans afoot to ultimately incorporate the village as part of the leg of a proposed “Road Town Tour”.

“We’re not just going to put it there, put you in the buildings and leave it there,” Hon. Vanterpool said, “we’re going to be advertising, promoting, putting out ways of ensuring people can know that you are there, that there are activities there and that this is the way to get there.”

He disclosed that the BVI Tourist Board will be part of the promotion efforts and will ensure that there are brochures for persons coming off the ships. “We’re going to have what we call a sort of ‘Road Town Tour’ that will begin and include touring along here… Noel Lloyd Park… the Crafts Alive Village… Main Street, starting at the museum down at the Governor’s [residence] coming up Main Street [and] going all the way past the bandstand and burial ground…”

The Minister made it clear that the Village was not just about competition but also about vendors being able to support each other. “It’s very important to understand that… we’re not just going in there just for a competition, but we’re going in to help each other because once it becomes a talk… eventually, Crafts Alive Village will become a place to visit whenever you’re travelling from anywhere,” he said. “We want Crafts Alive Village to be one of those must visit, must see spots in the Territory.”

Hon. Vanterpool also disclosed that the final cost of the works being conducted on the Crafts Alive Village is expected to be in the region of US$1.2M.

16 Responses to “Crafts Alive Village for November 20 Opening – Hon. Vanterpool ”

  • pic (31/10/2012, 07:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • ooooo (31/10/2012, 07:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    a mil here a mil there....i thought it was only vip?
    • BREAKING NEWS (31/10/2012, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We spend a million and we get completed projects. When VIP spend a million NOTHING IS COMPLETED!!

      All we get is dirt shift from one side of the island to the next, cronies get thousands of dollars for trucking dirt all over the island for NOTHING!!!
  • weed (31/10/2012, 08:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope common sense prevailed Mark ... it a good start but me hope it not like welfare, but more dignified..
  • egg face (31/10/2012, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My question is, why re-brand something by giving them new buildings if the end product is gonna remain the SAME?
  • under the bus (31/10/2012, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is plain wrong. The down island people get our tax dollars spent on them from the island man NDP government so they can do and start businesses and be independent while locals are getting fired left right and centre and have to be behind these wicked politicians, looking for handouts which leads to fostering and perpetuating this dependency syndrome. She what they are doing to locals? Wake up people.
    • Flanks (31/10/2012, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Name one local that was fired and name one 'island' person getting a 'free ride'. 90% of the people are locals and/or Belongers, stop telling lies. How many BVIslanders would open a stall to sell to tourists as opposed to working at a Trust Company or Government, where they collect a monthly salary whether they show up or not, have insurance and sit in a/c all day. You tell me! Nobody believes your foolishness about NDP being an 'island man' Government, those talking points are old old old! Majority of people here has a parent, relative or spouse that's not originally from here or have roots from somewhere else, it's life.
      • one eye roster (31/10/2012, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Flanks stop tell lies only 3 are locals 4 with belongers 2 with residency and the others on work permit..PLEASE stop with the LIES!!! I agree with the locals Speaking up for WHY should so many indigenous BVI residents have to accept the prejudice/discrimination and be forced do the ALTERNATIVE to make a living in their own country?
    • long look me come from (31/10/2012, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The powers that be clearly cannot be trusted to look out for locals
    • cat (31/10/2012, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What - you mean the expats runs things...he he
      • facts (31/10/2012, 18:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The enemy of the local class is the BVI is the ruling money class, not the expats...check the owners of real buinesses in the BVI
  • smile (31/10/2012, 15:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I predict that in a couple years these vendors will be smiling all the way to the bank
  • broke again (31/10/2012, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to know how we are going to pay for all this if the vip according to Dr. Smith left the country broke???
  • Name (31/10/2012, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To under the bus, please hush your tail because I'm sure half these down island people paying taxes before your little behind were born. You born in the 60's. These people been here years. They are not the jonny come lately young people looking for assistance. Because you learn to talk just the other day, you saying nonsense in the place.
  • tender (01/11/2012, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who got the contract for these craft alive buildings? Was there an open tender????

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