The British Virgin Islands has been told that it is doing too much as it relates to its tourism product.
Premier Andrew Fahie said international tourism officials made that remark when he led a delegation to a Seatrade conference in Miami, Florida last month.
He said it was impressed on the delegation that more should be done to present the unique and cultural aspects of the territory instead.
“When we went to Seatrade, every single cruise operator executive said we are looking to overdo with our tourism product. All they want is those simple things: storytelling, our local dish, and many other things we take for granted. That’s all they want to see because they know they are coming to somewhere that’s different,” Premier Fahie said in the House of Assembly recently.
He continued: “One of the executives in the cruise industry told us that he was in the BVI and he stopped in a little village named Carrot Bay, and he saw them with their fish and their agriculture and saw a reclaimed land that could be turned into a cultural and heritage village.”
Fahie, who is also the representative for Carrot Bay which is part of the First District constituency, said this is something he has unsuccessfully lobbied for in the last eight years.
The Premier said cruise executives also promised to bring their passengers to the village if it is implemented.
In addition to Carrot Bay, Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda will also receive a cultural and heritage village.
Junior Tourism Minister Shereen Flax-Charles said, in addition to storytelling, the culture of fish pot-making, straw-hat making, and bread-making will be on showcase at both venues.
“We also intend to create a maritime museum on the island of Virgin Gorda to showcase the maritime history of not only Virgin Gorda but of the entire BVI,” she said.
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