Representative of the Second Electoral District Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull said at least 60 percent of the cruise ship passengers who come into the territory usually visit Brewers Bay and Cane Garden Bay in his constituency.
He noted the numbers while he, seemingly in jest, publicly said there can be no Tortola without Cane Garden Bay.
“Even the numbers from my good friends at the BVI Tourist Board; it is said just about 60 to 80 percent of our cruise passengers visit between Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay when ships come into our shores,” Turnbull said.
He made the comments yesterday at the launch of the Cane Garden Bay Revetment Project, under which a seawall will be reconstructed to protect a section of the Cane Garden Bay coastline.
The project, Turnbull said, is significant for the general economy as well as the tourism product.
“We have cruise tourists here on our beach today. So the importance of this project to Cane Garden Bay is one of extreme importance not just for the tourists but for those of us who live here.”
“There is a lot of work to be done and I want to ask our residents, our Belongers to ensure that we exercise patience as the work continues. And this beautiful beach that we have [in Cane Garden Bay], we will do all that is necessary to maintain it non-stop,” added Turnbull.