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‘Every community will benefit’ from Gov’ts rebooted tourism plan- Premier Fahie

-Gov't eying some $500M in gradual revenues as tourism sector improves
Virgin Islands’ Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has indicated that with the Government’s new tourism plan to be administered in the COVID-19 era, communities across the VI will see economic benefits. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Hon Fahie made the statement during a Press Conference on the local Tourism Update this afternoon, October 8, 2021 alongside Junior Minister For Tourism, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (AL) and Tourism Director Mr Clive McCoy, on the impacts of the pandemic on the people of the Virgin Islands and the way forward for the sector. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Hon Fahie made the statement during a Press Conference on the local Tourism Update this afternoon, October 8, 2021 alongside Junior Minister For Tourism, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (AL) and Tourism Director Mr Clive McCoy, on the impacts of the pandemic on the people of the Virgin Islands and the way forward for the sector. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands’ Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has indicated that with the Government’s new tourism plan to be administered in the COVID-19 era, communities across the VI will see economic benefits.

Hon Fahie made the statement during a Press Conference on the local Tourism Update this afternoon, Friday, October 8, 2021 alongside Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (AL) and Tourism Director Mr Clive McCoy, on the impacts of the pandemic on the people of the VI and the way forward for the sector. 

Every dollar counts - Premier Fahie 

“During this unusual time, every opportunity matters, and every dollar counts, with this understanding, your government has moved swiftly to boost tourism activity by putting policies in place, not just for cruise tourism but also for the marine sector and also for overnight guests,” he said.

Hon Fahie said preparations are in place to receive more guests safely to VI shores at a time when visitor value is key to viability, even as the administration will continue to focus on protecting lives and livelihoods he said.  

The Premier reminded that the pandemic did not come with a playbook and has so far been one of the worst in history that crippled global economies and close many countires even to today.

“While we have been able to move around and we have been able to facilitate international travel in a managed and restricted way, with restrictions that many complain of being too thorough but which has kept us alive and safe, we must not lose sight of the fact that COVID-19 remains very fluid,” he said. 

New plan will flex with challenges - Premier 

As such, Hon Fahie said VI’s plans are flexible to cater to the pandemic and the changes of the sector. He said sections of the VI criticizing and calling for a written plan, their only aim was to criticize.

According to the Premier, the renewed plans will bring more work and potential income for the people of the territory across several sectors, “Are you ready for the boom that is about to occur? Tourists are coming, guests are coming, but are you ready? BVI we must get ready!” he said.  

Hon Fahie said his government is hoping to generate some $500M in revenues on a gradual basis from the tourism sector, a warned that ‘talks’ of those on the sideline may sound nice, however, he said economies around the world would have already used similar plans if it were that simple.  

10 Responses to “‘Every community will benefit’ from Gov’ts rebooted tourism plan- Premier Fahie”

  • Yes (08/10/2021, 22:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Economy is going into overdrive, right?
  • Depends on Ur plans (09/10/2021, 07:56) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    This will be so nice...However, it depends on what plans govt put in place...
  • @ yes (09/10/2021, 08:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    AND ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL ,NOW WE GOING TO PARTY WITH THE NEW VERSION OF THE LOVING BRO CALLED COVID NINETEEN AND UP
  • hah (09/10/2021, 08:32) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    blah blah blah
  • Promises do bring a measure of confort, but the delivery of the good is what satisfied. (09/10/2021, 09:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Minister, Andrew A Fahie, Premier, BVI, your promise of a greater number of tourists to our shores, and gradual $500 M estimate sound good at the surface, but until cash is in hand, it is just another tactical attempts to lure us into false comfort.
    The true is the greater number, by far, of our people have been missed treated by political misdeeds over many years of mismanaging our finances by political leaders and others that support them, what make you feel that this latest promise by your Cabinet will remedy the he overwhelming damaged done?
    After hearing, and now know about the hefty amount of cash that was given to CSC, and others for contracts, it may be wise to offer, and give each eligible citizen of our community $5,000.00 cash in hand, and after the $500M comes in, an additional $5,000.00 to help compensated for our lost, due to past mismanagement practices by this, and other previous governments.
    This should not be taken personal, but it should be seen through the eye lens of good governance for the good of all our citizens social, and financial needs.

    Signed: Native senior male citizen.
    Ethnicity: black
    Belief: Justice for all
    When justice for all: Now
  • NATIVE SENIOR (09/10/2021, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    WELL SAID MY FRIEND , AND AS IT IS SAID ( A DROWNING MAN WILL GRASP AT A STRAW ) SO HE ONLY TRYING AH TING
  • BVI Business (09/10/2021, 11:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I see no details of a plan in the article. How about some real information!
    When will the VG airport open?
    When will direct ferry from STT to VG be back?
    How can we reassure our travelers that they can book a vacation with confidence?
    They need these answers and we in the tourism sector need the answers NOW!
    • Struuupes (09/10/2021, 17:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It was a cruise tourism update labeled as a Tourism update. Very valid questions you have raised. Hopefully we get answers soon.
  • VG Resident (11/10/2021, 15:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    AS an owner of a villa on Virgin Gorda, I have not seen an increase in rentals, in fact I lost a Christmas rental and an inquiry for a Christmas rental turned to nothing as the potential rental said it was too difficult to get to the bVI. These are facts .


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