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'We have 2 full months to prepare & we must get it right!'- Premier Fahie

- Territory re-opens to tourists December 1, 2020
Premier and Minister responsible for Tourism, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said residents and the business community must all play their part as the Virgin Islands readies itself to receive tourists from December 1, 2020. Photo: Facebook
Director of Tourism, Mr Clive McCoy said the BVILOVE campaign is designed to bolster the Territory’s image locally, regionally and abroad by focusing on what makes the Virgin Islands a special destination and business jurisdiction. Photo: Facebook
Director of Tourism, Mr Clive McCoy said the BVILOVE campaign is designed to bolster the Territory’s image locally, regionally and abroad by focusing on what makes the Virgin Islands a special destination and business jurisdiction. Photo: Facebook
The BVILOVE Campaign was launched by the BVI Tourist Board on September 21, 2020. Photo: Facebook
The BVILOVE Campaign was launched by the BVI Tourist Board on September 21, 2020. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the date for reopening the Territory’s borders to international travellers now slated for December 1, 2020, Premier and Minister responsible for Tourism, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said residents and the business community must all play their part as the Virgin Islands readies itself for that important milestone.

Speaking during the launch of the BVI Tourist Board’s ‘BVI Love’ campaign on Monday, September 21, 2020; Honourable Fahie said discipline must be the order of the day, as it relates to complying with the COVID-19 suppression measures implemented by his administration.

“This will also reduce or eliminate any possible spread of the virus; however, with our size being a strength it can also be a weakness and a major risk factor that if the spreading of the virus ever occurs; it can spread through the community very, very fast,” he said.

He continued: “We have to mitigate this, and you may ask how do we do this? By each of us, from now, holding each other accountable thereby ensuring that we wear our masks, staying six feet apart, washing our hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds minimum, sanitising, along with adhering to all other approved social measure protocols—for us individually and for each business—we can successfully operate in this “New Regular” of the COVID-19 era.”

Comply

Premier Fahie also urged all to respect the authorities who are enforcing the approved social measures.

“These include the Social Distancing Task Force, Environmental Health and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Avoid getting a ticket for not wearing your mask or for not adhering to all the other social measures. Please, in this case, do not pay to learn. Play your part and play it well. We must be a disciplined people in order for the reopening of our borders to tourist and others to work effectively and reduce risk,” he pointed out.

New image for BVITB

Meanwhile, Director of the BVITB Mr Clive McCoy said the new image for the BVITB is about the uniqueness of the Territory.

“BVILOVE’s campaign is designed to bolster BVI’s image locally, regionally and abroad by focusing on what makes the BVI a special destination and business jurisdiction,” he said.

“BVILOVE is what binds us together. It is a reminder that we are unique. BVILOVE is a call to action, to grow, to be better, to stand firm where we are excellent, to revamp and improve on where we were yesterday, to modernise, to focus on our strong points, and to remember that our resilient BVILOVE is what keeps us going,” he added.

The Territory has been closed to international travellers since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

16 Responses to “'We have 2 full months to prepare & we must get it right!'- Premier Fahie”

  • NezRez (22/09/2020, 09:36) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    The same instructions we follow to be safe, we must INSIST Tourists do the same. I will wear my mask and face shield while working around anyone. Was my hands regularly and the shield will protect my eyes from me rubbing them. I'm still scared, but willing to try.
  • Bossy Boss..Pls Listen! (22/09/2020, 09:51) Like (42) Dislike (40) Reply
    U can't bully your way to get your way...Their must be a process a plan, and the process and the plan have to be tested before Dec 1st....Here is an idea of a Process " I am doing CXC Exams in December, they are preparing me for this exams, they give me the materials to look over, I have to review those materials, to get my self prepared, they give me preparation tests, all to make sure I am prepared for that big day....They are not going to just March me into a class room and give me CXC test papers on test day"",.
    Thats is what your VIP government is doing..Makes no sense.... U all need to atlease listen, The punlic have brains and good ideas too,,.. Ur way is not always the right way... I will suggest...Suggest... You open November Ist for OECS or regional travel, or low risk countries, , have the process and the plan tested for that big test on December 1st....That includes, a plan for the St Thomas, St John Ferries, Start The same November 1st one trip a day only for a test... Negative test before arrival by boat or sea,,,, arrival testing is $15.00, per each pasenger to help defray medical expenses,,, every arriving passenger by boat or sea will quarantine for 2 days at own expense until test is known...Have a list of qarantine locations online, every person arriving bu Boat or sea must produced a two day confirmation paid at a quarantine location at their choice,, these quarantine location must provide their own securiry. ,Meals have to be ordered and be delivered, left on a table outside their doors at their own cost, bank cards must be encourage for financial transactions... its going to be a lot of business activities spreading all around the BVI... Have all the requirement out there so people know what the deal is before they book or decide to come....Yep..
    • To Bossy (22/09/2020, 13:13) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
      Some of you can never be pleased. The VIP Government said clearly that more information will be forthcoming. It is less that 24hrs since the announcement and you here come speaking piddle.
  • NICK (22/09/2020, 10:03) Like (30) Dislike (18) Reply
    Two months to do what?we ' ve been waiting 7 months now.
  • Tongue Fu (22/09/2020, 10:10) Like (23) Dislike (8) Reply
    Wrong. You had 6 months to prepare safety protocols for 2 months of marketing.
  • @ Nez Rez (22/09/2020, 10:46) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
    " I'm still scared but willing to try." Sounds like its your first time.
    • NezRez (22/09/2020, 13:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @@NezRez...This is everyone's first try to get ready to have tourists coming back in since the borders closed.
  • Anne (22/09/2020, 11:38) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    7 months now we still awaiting. Money from social security
  • HeresTheThing (22/09/2020, 11:53) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    All of this underscores importance of following Government's declared protocols - distancing, masks, hygiene. Pier Park management needs to check on protocols at some of their stores. There is at least one where customers are complying with masks but none of the staff is wearing masks.
  • .. (22/09/2020, 15:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    We've been on curfew since March and still can't seem to get all our ducks in a row internally, but we'll be ready for international arrivals within two months? With no test runs? aight bet!
  • Servant of God in christ Jesus (22/09/2020, 15:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    If they be followers of the blind, will they not both not fall in the ditch. Luke 6:39 Kjv. Choose wisely and be one of the two following. 1. I am a VIP (very intelligent person.) 2. I am a VIP ( very ignorant person.). Choose wisely. Please, for God sake and our good chose #1.
  • Servant of God in christ Jesus (22/09/2020, 16:13) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Before one takes a nose dive in darkened water, he or she needs first measure the dept of the water, and check carefully what lies beneath the surface. Look before you leap. Measure before you plunge. Life duration and the joy of good health depend partly on the decessions we make daily, espeacily in time of crisis. We know that peoples in all countries of this world are under finsncial pressure. Good judgement is priceless. The love for money should never be allow to replaced the love for life, health, and happiness. Please, be patient. Trust in the Almighty One. He lives us all.
  • Yes (23/09/2020, 18:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All cmplaining thus and rhat....the boarders have to be open no matter what the time has comefinaly....we have two months to prepare ...that give those who deals with tourist on a high level to ger things in order their staff.hotel know who will be back at work.....whenit seems like they will not open up..you complain ....now the boarders about to open up you guys still complain what the hell.....thank you premire fahie do your do.... iwas home for almost 6 months plus . Hury up hurry up cause have money to m ake make make ware my mask sanatise l


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