Director of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) Sharon Flax-Brutus wants a $3.7 million increase to the statutory body’s annual budget.
Such an increase would push the tourist board’s annual budget allocation to a figure just in excess of $14 million.
While addressing the 2019 Standing Finance Committee (SFC) back in April, Flax-Brutus said the tourist board’s budget has been at $10.5 million since she was appointed as head of the BVITB more than six years ago.
Flax-Brutus said the additional funds will be invested towards increasing the tourism facilities in all of the territory’s electoral districts.
As an example, she said the BVITB plans to liaise with stakeholders to get additional tours to the Eighth District.
The BVITB boss said there are additional enhancements the board intends to undertake in the areas of signage, road works, among other things.
Flax-Brutis further said the board intends to seek ways to promote sports tourism by bringing in tournaments to the territory. However, sporting facilities will be needed for such an undertaking.
According to the 2019 Standing Finance Committee report, the BVITB said: “It is not just about the facility itself, the infrastructure in terms of roads, hotels, taxis, and support system needs to be in place”.
“The Tourist Board also plans to use the additional monies in terms of marketing and advertising,” the report stated.
Junior Minister for Tourism Shereen Flax-Charles, Opposition Leader Marlon Penn, and Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull all supported the increase, the SFC report further indicated.
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