Negotiations for the return of Dolphin Discovery in the British Virgin Islands are currently underway between government and the aquatic company; with hopes of inking a deal in the next several weeks.
Making the announcement this week, Premier Andrew Fahie said plans are now being fine-tuned.
“Dolphin Discovery has been speaking with us and they are making sure that they have finalized the details. They should be signing the new agreement because since Hurricane Irma, that was the agreement that they had to leave and now we are in negotiations to have them back,” Fahie told reporters on Wednesday.
“That is something that I am saying should be signed in the next two months roughly and then works would be starting. [But] that [Dolphin Discovery] won’t be open until next year. We are trying to push it so that it will be open in time for the next height of the next industry season in 2020.”
Fahie, who is also the Tourism Minister said the undertaking would take some time due to the extent of repairs needed.
“This is a significant boost to our offerings to the cruise liners, and they are ecstatic to hear that this is coming up [and] we are glad that we were able to reach out to this level of collaboration with the owners of this company and them coming back to the BVI. I welcome them, I thank them because on any given day, the cruise ship that comes averages about 500 persons who participate in the Dolphin Discovery tour.”
In the meantime, Premier Fahie said there is a new board in place to manage the company.
While he did not provide any additional information as to the reasons behind the installation of the new board, he said that they would be working hard to facilitate the company’s return.
“Most of the cruise liners and their passengers have insisted that they want the return of the Dolphin Discovery. So we will be working on that feverishly,” he said.
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