Government is aiming to increase the number of cruise ships that typically make calls to the British Virgin Islands during peak season.
In that vein, Premier Andrew Fahie — the minister responsible for tourism — is currently attending the Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 Conference in Miami. He said he intends to develop long-term business plans while seeking advice and co-operation to improve the territory’s tourism products to boost the economy.
With the expansion of the cruise industry and the increasing opportunities to be made available, Premier Fahie believes the territory must remain relevant if they are to reap any of the benefits.
“Tourism has always contributed significantly to the lifeblood of our economy here in the Virgin Islands. The government and the people are heavily invested in tourism, significantly so in cruise tourism. Our livelihoods depend on my government’s continued ability to engage and partner with these industries” Premier Fahie noted.
He continued: “Most senior cruise industry stakeholder and government executives are in attendance working to foster improved mutually beneficial relationships. This is especially important as we seek to improve the value of our tourism economy in our local market and in our efforts to rebalance and diversify our economy.”
The Seatrade Cruise Global is said to be the leading international exhibition and conference serving the cruise industry and attracts annually more than 700 companies from 113 countries with a total exceeding 11,000 registered attendees inclusive of over 300 international journalists.
Accompanying Premier Fahie is minister for Transportation, Works & Utilities, Kye Rymer; Junior Minister for Tourism Shereen Flax-Charles, and other local representatives from within the tourism or ports sectors.
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