Reports have been circulating that former United States President Barack Obama will be in the territory for Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom concert this weekend.
There have been further unconfirmed reports of US Secret Service sightings in the BVI this week.
The Secret Service — a federal law enforcement agency charged with protecting past and present US leaders — are believed to be in the territory making any necessary security preparations ahead of the former President’s supposed arrival.
When BVI News contacted event promoter Kenny Thompson to confirm whether the reports were true, he declined to comment.
He, however, confirmed that preparations for the big event were going well.
“Everything is on track. The show is running on schedule, planning is going as it should, and the excitement is building,” Thompson said.
One-time entry into event venue
He also confirmed that persons will only be permitted to enter the venue of the event once.
“That’s common to any major event — the no re-entry rule. It is not something that is new to us. Any major event that you go to, you’re limited on entering and exiting the venue,” Thompson explained.
While the VIP section of the event remains sold-out, the promoter said there are still a few general tickets left, which will be sold at all available outlets and at the gate up until the beginning of the show.
Thompson also said that patrons can expect a ‘beefed-up’ security presence on the evening, stating: “The security at the venue is going to be tight because we want to ensure that everyone in the venue is in a safe environment, we want all the visitors and residents to be as comfortable as possible.”
The show — which is set for Saturday, June 15 at 5 pm — is anticipated to attracted numerous visitors to the territory and generate an estimate of nearly half-million dollars in revenue for the BVI.
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