The BVI Tourist Board has said the territory currently has an edge over competing countries whenever the global tourism industry gets back up and running.
Chairwoman of the Tourist Board Kenisha Sprauve said this is because of “the hard work of the various local agencies” who ensured that the number of COVID-19 cases in the BVI was kept relatively low.
“From a total of eight positive cases, the territory is now confirmed as having zero cases at present. This, of course … exposes the capabilities of our Virgin Islands people. Thus, the BVI is placed in an advantageous position when international travel resumes to be ahead of the pack,” Sprauve said.
Protocols to be developed for local tourism product
The BVITB Chairwoman said the Board now has plans to develop and test necessary protocols for the territory’s tourism product in preparation for when the BVI reopens to visitors.
The Board, in the meantime, is collaborating with other government agencies to develop more immediate protocols that Sprauve said “will be implemented with the upcoming resumption of limited repatriation flights for BVIslanders who are presently abroad“.
“The BVI is very anxious to have our visitors coming back to our shores, and we cannot wait for the all-clear to be given. There are thousands of persons who are frequent visitors, sometimes visiting annually with their families, and we truly miss their presence. All of our tourism industry stakeholders, and everyone at the BVI Tourist Board, are working assiduously to ensure that we do our part in helping the process. This is our number-one focus,” Sprauve said.
According to the World Tourism Organisation in a May 11 report, 100 percent of global destinations continue to have restrictions on travel in place. Another 72 percent has completely closed their borders to international tourism.
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