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VG BVITB Office paralyzed as 'Tortola takes over' – Staff

The BVI Tourist Board headed by Director Ms Sharon Flax is being accused of paralyzing the Virgin Gorda office. Photo: VINO
It is being alleged that while the officers at Virgin Gorda are left without anything to do staff from the Head Officer are being given the bulk of their duties. Photo: Internet source
It is being alleged that while the officers at Virgin Gorda are left without anything to do staff from the Head Officer are being given the bulk of their duties. Photo: Internet source
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith is being called upon to intervene with urgency. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith is being called upon to intervene with urgency. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – The ghost in the closet is beginning to come out as staff attached to the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) are crying “Enough is Enough” with allegations of being stripped of their duties as Tortola takes over everything.

This was told to this news site in anonymity as those affected fear victimization with alleged threats of being fired already looming over some heads. According to well-placed sources within the BVITB there has been much squabble taking place in the offices on both Virgin Gorda and Tortola to the extent of things becoming very distasteful.

This news site did put these allegations to the Director of the BVI Tourist Board Ms Sharon Flax who opted to take the 5th, saying “NO comment.”

“People hitting people and management is not doing anything about it. Not just in VG but it happening on Tola too and things getting worse than it getting better and some people insisting of victimizing the wrong set of people instead of dealing with the real culprits that causing corruption,” said a source.

Our source said that things are even worse at the Virgin Gorda end as it is being alleged that the officers there are not being allowed to work as they should as the main office has usurped their duties. “Things in there that bad, imagine we have all that’s going on right now and in the VG office there is not a single budget for the staff there to do a single time everything take over by Tortola, what we do over here for years now they sending the staff from Tortola to do and we here just like rubber stamps,” alleged one individual.

Another explained, “We have been to all the levels of authorities possible begging them to let us work, We don’t have anything to do on the Sister Islands because, signs down, everything, the director has said (allegedly) that we have to wait on instructions from them in Tortola, they have taken away the budget, they have taken away all the responsibilities that we have had on the sister island and given them to people in Tortola.”

It was further alleged that there was signage that was donated by industry partners almost one year ago that has not yet been mounted.

“It is a lot of things, a lot of things. We have been in a position where next year the Sister Islands office does not have a budget. When they send out the thing for the budget [the] Sister Islands department was nowhere on the budget line items,” the source alleged.

They were also allegedly told that the Sister Islands would have to sit in on the other managers who work at Tortola on their meetings, “But nobody has called us to any meetings thus far and I am assuming that the budget should done been turned into the House of Assembly already because they coming up for debate very soon.”

According to our source one officer from the Virgin Gorda office was sent on vacation for three months and upon return was furnished with a document from the controller stating that everything was removed from their budget and everything is being handled in Tortola. “But nothing ain’t being handled because nothing ain’t getting done,” it was alleged.

“We have been begging to work, the staff have taken up classes at HLSCC (H. Lavity Stoutt Community College ) to fill the void because we don’t have anything to do in the office, that is how bad it is,” said an individual. “She (allegedly BVITB Director) has said that a certain staff is too influential with the industry partners, these are some of the things,” according to source.

Things have gotten to the point where (allegedly) a senior official of the BVITB told one of the VG staff that she needed to be evaluated recommending that she sees a psychiatrist. The name of that staff was given. And according to our source there are attempts to find a reason to have that staff fired and the only thing in the books they can use is trying to find her mentally incompetent.

19 Responses to “VG BVITB Office paralyzed as 'Tortola takes over' – Staff”

  • Humpty Dumpty (17/11/2014, 09:08) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is Mr. Chairman? I guess he is still busy overseas working on NDP fund raising political campaign with his partners while things at home continue to rot.

    Don't worry the great fall is coming just like the story.
    • @Humpty Dumpty (17/11/2014, 11:03) Like (4) Dislike (35) Reply
      Mr. Chairman is doing all of his undercover work to return NDP to power and have no time for the CRABS IN A BARREL making noise.

      That is why sis is in charge to bring order to the hungry belly that makes the most noise.

      The esteem Mr. Chairman have bigger issues to deal with sir.

      4 more years for NDP.
  • :/ (17/11/2014, 09:24) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sounds like there's no need for the VG office anymore. If that's the case close the office rather than stringing the staff along. It doesn't make much sense having it open, staff coming in to work but no work is being assigned but yet the same staff have to be paid (scratching my head). I don't get the logic.
    • VG speaks (17/11/2014, 11:49) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      There should be an office on Virgin Gorda of each of the major Government departments/agencies, that are established on Tortola. The Territory is growing, and since Tourism is one of the main industries and a great portion of that industry is operated on Virgin Gorda, there should be representation on that island.

      The total centralization of services on Tortola is not a good idea at this period of our development as a people and a Territory.
    • humble me (18/11/2014, 05:45) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      they get paid and don't work? Mr. Director in V.G. get up off you a$//ss.. an create a work schedule and have you and your staff get up off of your backsides and do work. what you need a budget for?you getting paid an you doing nothing . You need tola staff to tell you where to mount assign on V.G.? Mr. Director onV.G. do your JOB orget out or be put out. you want a budget for what.? to drive around on 2x4 V.G. an do what. Have prepaid lunches and drinks . you people come on man. Sounds like a bunch of V.G. political b.s.
  • broke (17/11/2014, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    No money in the tin! Make position untenable, save on redundancy payment, old chestnut. No $'s then jobs must go, end of.
    • . (17/11/2014, 15:48) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Same old chestnut, yes, same old escape from paying mandated severance, but imagine doing it to your own family? Which one really needs psychiatrist?
  • VG (17/11/2014, 09:46) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
  • >.< (17/11/2014, 10:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a shame
  • cay (17/11/2014, 10:23) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    Everything gone down in the last three years
  • pat (17/11/2014, 11:02) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    If there is a more efficient way of carrying out jobs, then do it. Sorry about all the miscommunication and character assassination, but the question is are there too many people working for the government?
    This way of forcing people out or making things so ugly that they quit is childish and unprofessional. Reorganize so there is a representative from each sister island to pool ideas.
  • oh (17/11/2014, 11:47) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need some hospitality training
  • TORTOLIAN (17/11/2014, 12:45) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe the Board needs an office in Virgin Gorda. VG is an integral part of the Tourism product and we must keep our ears very close to the ground there.

    This unfortunately sounds like personal differences getting out of hand and spilling into the media.
  • just asking.... (17/11/2014, 13:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    why has tis attracted so much attention and disquiet
  • wize up (17/11/2014, 19:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
  • LoveJones (17/11/2014, 22:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand how this is a surprise to anyone.
  • vg chek me (19/11/2014, 09:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    no work for them too do at the office well station them on the field. send them on the ports of entry on vg to greet guest and tell them about good spots to have lunch and best beaches then can attend ,let them greet guest & tourists about effective ways they can get around the island about fun things to do. station a worker at the top of the baths,be creative set up a tour guide with taxi drivers. there so much things to be done in this field. visit the hotels set up meetings with them to have with the guests, alot of guest come here and dnt really get to explore,tell them about or fishing & culture
  • Scary Mary (20/11/2014, 13:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell the workers in Virgin Gorda to start working on the tourist board website. It REALLY needs work. It is pathetic!

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