Junior Tourism Minister Shereen Flax-Charles said the British Virgin Islands are “losing lots of revenue” because Dolphin Discovery has not resumed operations in the territory.
“Every time a cruise ship docks at our pier we normally have four to five hundred persons visiting Dolphin Discovery. With them (Dolphin Discovery) not being here persons who come off the cruise ship, the taxis, tours all of those things add up,” the first-term legislator explained.
She said the loss of the tourist attraction also affected the employment levels in the territory.
She said getting Dolphin Discovery back would help with the VIP government achieving their goal of producing ‘1,000 jobs in 1,000 days’.
While speaking in the now-concluded budget debate in the House of Assembly last month, Flax-Charles said government is now having talks with the company to facilitate their return.
“We are just awaiting a proposal from them so that we can get that sorted and welcome them back to the British Virgin Islands … with open arms. We are losing lots of revenue because they are not here.”
The junior minister also said the attraction’s return would help to reduce the number of persons flocking to beaches like Cane Garden Bay.
While Flax-Charles was unable to provide a timeframe for their return, she told BVI News that the establishment is likely to remain at Prospect Reef.
I would welcome it
Opposition member and Representative of the Third District where Prospect Reef is located, Julian Fraser, said he would welcome the Dolphin Discovery.
“It was an asset for the territory, and I would urge you to do whatever you can to see if you can get it back,” Fraser stated at the aforesaid sitting.
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