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‘We did learn a lot from going to Monaco’– Premier Wheatley

- challenges persons in tourism industry to travel more in bid to improve VI tourism product
Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley, Jr Minister for Tourism and Culture Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4) along with Director of the BVI Shipping registry Mr John M. Samuel speak to stake holders in Monico. Photo: GIS/Youtube
The Premier led a delegation to Monico which included the director of the BVI Shipping registry Mr John M. Samuel and Jr Minister for Tourism and Culture Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4). Photo: GIS/Youtube
The Premier led a delegation to Monico which included the director of the BVI Shipping registry Mr John M. Samuel and Jr Minister for Tourism and Culture Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4). Photo: GIS/Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has issued a challenge to Virgin Islanders and those in the tourism industry to travel more to see what they can learn from other tourism destinations to improve the local tourism product.

This comes following the VI’s attendance at the recent Monaco Yacht Show on October 1, 2023, when the premier led a delegation that included Director of the BVI Shipping Registry Mr John M. Samuel, and Jr Minister for Tourism and Culture Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4).

Answering questions from the media during a press conference on October 6, 2023, Premier Wheatley said his delegation was able to learn a lot from the trip.

“Yes, we did learn a lot from going to Monaco… just from a perspective of tourism, Dr Whearley said, adding that Monaco attracts many visitors and the delegation was able to see first-hand the level of service the sovereign city state is able to provide.

The Premier also spoke of the local accommodation and environment as conducive to the tourism services industry.

He said the delegation was able to witness, “the cleanliness of the environment. You know the types of accommodations that they have, even some of the types of facilities they have that they can accommodate on the larger yachts...”

Monaco's tourism development 'inspiring' 

Dr Wheatley added that his team was also able to see the way the Principality of Monaco has built its tourism product around the yachting industry and historical and cultural elements.

“So it's all very inspiring I would say and I think a very important thing for persons who are in the business of tourism, and tourism is everybody's business, I should say that we all should do some traveling and as we seek to improve our product,” he said.

Premier Wheatley detailed that the VI has a great tourism product; however, there are some areas that can be improved upon and that remains a mandate of his administration.

35 Responses to “‘We did learn a lot from going to Monaco’– Premier Wheatley ”

  • WHAT!!! (11/10/2023, 18:13) Like (46) Dislike (6) Reply
    “Travel more”
    No man you and your buddies have traveled enough first class on the public purse.
    Stay here and concentrate on all the things that need fixing.
    • Well Well (12/10/2023, 06:34) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      So only the BVI must not be around the table. If you understand what it takes to build business you would not say that.
      • School children are saying that ... (12/10/2023, 10:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        ... the Education Minister is living it up in Singapore
    • @ WHAT!!! (12/10/2023, 06:57) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      They learnt ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from the COI!!!!!! !
    • MORE FOCUSED ON WHERE THEY COULD TRAVEL TO NEXT FOR FREE (12/10/2023, 07:04) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      Profile Name says it ALL!!!!!!!!!


      Set of UNNECESSARY TRIPS and to add it’s always a crew on board and I don’t mean the pilot flight attendants.

    • @What!! (12/10/2023, 07:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      So you see travel more and decide to put a post before reading.
  • hmmmmmm (11/10/2023, 18:14) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    That’s where our hard tax money going too … paying for them to go on trips smhhhhh
    • enough (12/10/2023, 06:36) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yes tax dollars are going to get bigger and more luxury boaters to register their boats in the BVI. Understand that for every boat that registers translates to dollars for the BVI. Understand the process then speak.
    • Me Too (12/10/2023, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You say locales should travel out more and see what we need to do here. Please don't forget it's we paying for your TripAdvisor, so now you should pay for ours and by the way How come all you who go abroad so often do not see any chances you could make on you all return .but you know we could.
  • ... (11/10/2023, 18:27) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    thanks for the information Premier
  • Another Joy ride (11/10/2023, 18:39) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    I wonder which one ah dem he liming?
  • rooms @ $5000/night (11/10/2023, 18:41) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
    What was the purpose of Luce on that trip while roadtown is dusty and stink?
  • FLYING ALL OVER THE GLOBE AND COMING BACK EMPTYHANDED (11/10/2023, 18:44) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
  • backwards always (11/10/2023, 18:45) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
    We don't want ro hear you learned a lot after you have wasted tax payers dollars and there is no benefit to the islands whatsoever. We don't even have rhe basic infrastructure for residents much less the infrastructure for these mega yachts so why don't you stop taking these trips and work on the issues at home and build the infrastructure that will sell it self!!! Then as usual you are being two faced cause you cooking up your plans to.raise fees on the marine industry that's already struggling to recover from the hurricanes. You are totally clueless about tourism and the marine industry and the persons in your head around you are no better and that's why our tourism economy is dying a slow death like everything else under your watch
  • insider (11/10/2023, 19:06) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    “Travel more”.? Our premier hit the public’s goal mind now he is behaving like the cost of such a trip is a mere drop in the bucket. It is time for the premier and his crew to put some of that travel money in areas where it is needed. Please send supplies to the schools. Things on this end seem to be getting worse. Teachers should not be pressured into spending their wages on basic school supplies because they simply need to get their job done. Folks keep an eye on their kids education. The changes that we were seeing when the minister first took over were a camouflage. Frustration is going to lead to a total collapse of our education system.
  • Looking like a new suit (11/10/2023, 19:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was that paid for by us as well?
  • The Boss. (11/10/2023, 19:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Premier you are the boss, make better things happen for us. I know changed are hard and can be unco.firtable and challenging for those people in the position to effect change.. Lets do it. You have seen it. You are impress with it. Make things happen..We all know the BVI has an Issue with Greed, poor service and I am the boss, them people don't listen.So you have a fight on your hand..Like you rightfully say, tourism business is every body's business. We falling back.
  • one sided (11/10/2023, 20:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Find out the cost of them three opposition members who went to Ghana over 60 g
  • ausar (11/10/2023, 20:16) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks for the update Premier!.

    I hope you saw how clean that country is, and the amount of foreign owned companies conducting businesses in that locale!

    Do you think Premier, that if that country had infrastructural challenges, a kid off the block, can just jump up, with no educational training, and decide to operate to fix, without proper training and skills, problematic areas, in the same manner and swiftness, that tend to happen around here??

    These are the takeaways, Premier, I hope you've learned from your visit there.

    Oh, and by the way, Premier,how many Black people did you see achieving meaningful results in their lives, while you were there?

    Trust me, Ausar, wants to know!
  • resident (11/10/2023, 22:29) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    This guy degree must be in b.s, he's a master at it
  • WTF (11/10/2023, 22:54) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    All things that the local industry has been telling you for years. For free! You just chose not to listen.
  • Begin at Home (11/10/2023, 23:46) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    You could learn A-lot right here in your own home, if you talked to the people who’ve been working in the Charter Yacht businesses. And, talking about the cleanliness in Monaco, what do you suppose people who spend their hard earned dollars to traveling and stay here think when they see the smoke billowing up the hillsides at Pockwood Pond, or the wrecked boats and cars from Irma??
  • Slowande (12/10/2023, 00:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Waste a damn time!
  • Delegation (12/10/2023, 03:13) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    8 persons, flights, food, accommodation (the average price for a 5-star hotel in Monaco is USD 1294); there will be no change from $100,000.00. Unfortunately, the premier now sees himself as a world leader and has a taste for the high life. In comparison Wendy Perera who is head of the council that governs the Isle of Wight (population 140,000 - approx 4 times that of the BVI) did not get an all-expenses paid trip to the Southampton Boat Show which is similar to the Monaco Boat Show, and only 20 miles from the Isle of Wight.
  • Learn alot (12/10/2023, 04:01) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if Mr Learn Alot learned anything from TS Philipe and what the hell he is doing about it.

    Did Mr Learn Alot get anywhere closer to learning why he need to complete the COI recommendations, fix the pot holes, cut the bush, fund the schools, fix all infrastructure at that, speak out against crime, stop wasting money on garbage, just generally learned how to be a useful premier? If he did not learn about anything on this list, then, beyond a shadow of doubt, the trip was a WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. UNSUCCESSFULLY UNSUCCESSFUL!!

    This is what you all voted for. This is who Lorna sided with.

    That place is hopeless. HOPELESS!
    • @Learn a lot (12/10/2023, 08:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      This needs to get sent directly to him. Nothing but facts.
  • CS (12/10/2023, 04:40) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why you all complaining. You all voted for them
  • herbs power (12/10/2023, 06:50) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    All thanks to Lorna in Vip corna.
  • Concerned (12/10/2023, 08:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This main thing i picked up from the story was how clean Monaco is. We need basic infrastructure here to attract this level of tourism. Real basic things like running water, electricity, drivable roads. If we can not get the basics right.

    The BVI has natural beauty which is why they come.

  • Eldread (12/10/2023, 08:55) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! This is infantilism, we learn something at Monaco, children's on a tour at tax payers expenses. There was no business sense to attend, even staunch boat owners did not have that sort of investment portfolio to warrant attending. But overnight elected regular people who had never row a boat in their lives impulsively develop interest, black politician lord over the poor masses and is upset anytime an investigation is launch into their ostentatious flamboyant life style at tax payers expenses, they ball colonialism.
  • Undercover Observer (12/10/2023, 08:58) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon Premier Natalio Wheatley, yes, we acknowledged that travelling is a sunk cost of the Premier and others in government. Nevertheless, we cannot and should not go on every junket travel opportunity under the guise that it benefits the BVI. In the past, government ministers logged thousands of travel miles and cost but has the BVI got to show for it other than people bragging I went there and there. We must be more selective in our travel junkets. In regards to this Monaco trip, surely the team may have observed things but what tangible things didn’t learn which it will be employing in the BVI? And don’t insult us with generalities; those are just dodges, trying to give us a 6 for 9. Show us the money; concrete things that were learnt and are going to be employed in the BVI? Another thing, the rest of us cannot afford to travel as you who are traveling on the taxpayers dime. So give us a break.
  • smh (12/10/2023, 09:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    GOOD PHOTO but what about the REST of the delegation that are NOT photographed who paid for them.

    The country demands accountability

    Then he going UK and Senegal in November who paying for these ?
  • WEW (12/10/2023, 13:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We learned a lot. After visiting Monaco we realized that we really are third world.
  • WOW (12/10/2023, 20:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't put tax payers money on Red. Lol.
  • RedStorm (15/10/2023, 07:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that there were a lot to see and learned, put into implementation those things that will help the BVI progress. As I need to start the housing for those visitors, included the following: Tax break of 15k for all working people

    Free stamp due for all first time builders

    Move the bush cutting to the prisoners and move those present bush cutters to the marine skills.

    Fix Road Town , using people with vision and innovation.

    Include young people at all level.

    Next time take some youth and the tourism ambassador with you to the boat show.

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