Live on CBN-Radio 90.9FM each thruday 4-5PM: Motion to Adjourn: Hosted by Hon. Thomas Famous & Senator Dwayne Robinson: Live from Bermuda:                               Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news; ads call 1-284-440-6666

VI’s tourism sector “under stress” – Victor Johnson

Johnson is the developer of Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chairman of Victor International, David V. Johnson said the tourism sector in the Virgin Islands is under major stress and everyone involved in tourism are critical ingredients in ensuring that tourism in the VI triumphs and emphasized the importance of the expansion of the Terrance B. Lettsome International airport.

"Tourism has been a critical ingredient, and tourism is under major stress, I can’t under estimate the importance of the runway extension, because without it, tourism will die in the BVI. This is the right kind of change, it’s a long enough change that will allow small jets access but not long enough to change the character of the country," Johnson told Virgin Islands News Online while attending a handing over ceremony where his company donated computers and $10,000 to the St. Mary's School, yesterday May 2, 2012, in Virgin Gorda.

The businessman commends the Territory for its "move forward" with the airport expansion, and said with any kind of changes being done, the preservation of the VI's natural resources and beauty is very critical for tourism.

Johnson, who is the developer of Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda, stated that everybody that touches tourism in the Virgin Islands has to be the friendliest and the best, because that affects the VI and the businesses in the VI on a whole.

"From the minute they get off the air plane, somebody travels 20 hours and goes into immigration, immigration is a critical partner with us in ensuring that these people stay happy, otherwise it affects us. Every single person that touches that tourist is an element of the important process, because we are competing against St. Barts and Anguilla etc, and we should be able to be on top."

In commenting on the VI’s economy, he said that the VI is a boutique economy, and financial services are a key element but there are challenges all the time.

Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson informed this news site that his development at Oil Nut Bay is going very well, "It’s been a complex journey through the world most economic times but when I met with Premier Smith a long time ago and continue to work with Ralph O’Neal , they brought to life all of our elements to make Oil Nut Bay great."

He said they have been through some challenging times and are now taking it to the next level.

"The opening of the Oil Nut Bay Beach and Yacht Club are really the key things that people are waiting to see, because so many other developments have failed throughout the Caribbean and because we don’t have debt, that has been a critical component."

13 Responses to “VI’s tourism sector “under stress” – Victor Johnson”

  • polo (03/05/2012, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so then he need to be investing some millions into our economy to help the tourism sector
  • selfintrest (03/05/2012, 10:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds like he only has his investment (oil nut) in mind with the airport expansion not what's best for the VI.
    • Confucius (03/05/2012, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Couldn't agree more! Very few of us will benefit from those who own their own "small jets". Some of the high end resorts (like Oil Nut Bay) will, but the average person on the street will see very little financial benefit by accommodating private jets. How many MILLIONS will this exapansion cost? How many years will our children be paying for it? What real benefits will the average person realize over time?
      • observer (03/05/2012, 16:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You talking nonsense the BVI was built off Tourism and if the average person wants to benefit he or she have to realize that we are in a customer service industry and require the skills and attitude in order to reap the sweet
  • ooooo (03/05/2012, 10:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    atleast dr pickering is listening to him
  • Keep the VI, the VI (03/05/2012, 10:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes traveling to the VI is a pain in the ass, all day flight after leaving at 6am to a place that is only 4-5hours away from me. However any expansion that affects our way of life and the environment needs a very hard and careful look!!!!!!
  • Hitman (03/05/2012, 10:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So FINALLY we see the face behind the NRL Minister whom is pushing for "it’s a long enough change that will allow small jets access" by these "small jets" are we safe to assume that YOUR Gulfstream will now be able to park up EIS versus STT? Persons fly into SXM then go onwards to AXA or SBH - so you rpoint is a moot one David! Tourists were getting here long bfore you stumbled upon us - so leave well enough alone! Driving up the cost of coastline real estate - soon hoping it will be your litllle Hawaii where the cost per sq.ft is prohibitive to locals for locals to own!
  • BRAD BOYNES (03/05/2012, 16:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Self Interest is a BEAST
  • taxpayer (03/05/2012, 22:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And to think that Ralpk and Ronnie want to tax us to death so that Oil Nut Bay and Guana Island can have their little playing ground. Heaven and hell will pass away first.
  • Angus Rogerme-McWhite (04/05/2012, 07:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hahaha. This is the first time I've seen comments all united against a story. Imagine us sacrificing a portion of our natural beauty and taking on millions in debt so rich people can fly in their jets. "Ain gon happen misson".
  • one eye roster (04/05/2012, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    One more example of where we must keep our eyes on private second and donations because nothing is free. We can all agree govt. is broke and is inefficient, but the private sector can be much worse….. Their profit motive and attempts to influence can constrain good relationship.

Create a comment

Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.