Despite being devastated by two major hurricanes last year, the British Virgin Islands is currently one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the region.
The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) gave that indication during a recent meeting in Miami with government minister, Mark Vanterpool.
The FCCA is a trade organisation comprising 18 member-cruise lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin American.
“The BVI is considered by the cruise ship companies as one of the most requested countries to go to in the Caribbean right now. So they are very anxious to come back but one of the things they criticize is the issue of local venues to go to,” he said.
Major FCCA cruise companies such as the Norwegian and Disney lines have deferred returning to the territory until local authorities improve the infrastructure and overall conditions of the territory.
Insufficient local tourist locations
Vanterpool said an inadequate amount of local tourist spots is now a setback for the territory as a destination.
“We have gotten a long list of all the areas that we believe that we can pay attention to and improve and organise without any huge amount of money to get it done,” said Vanterpool at a meeting with local stakeholders in Cane Garden Bay last week.
“We have started the process to begin to look at all the historical sites and places of interest that the tourist would like to go to,” he added.
The minister said the ‘dungeon’ near Pockwood Pond on Tortola is one of the venues government is going to pay attention to.
Reportedly, the site is a fort built in 1794 to house soldiers who were responsible to protect the territory.
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