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Premier leads delegation to Miami for Seatrade Cruise Global event

A delegation of local officials led by Premier Andrew Fahie has gone to Miami, Florida for this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global — an annual event for the global cruise industry that brings together buyers and suppliers from 140 countries.

It is being held from September 27 to 30.

Premier Fahie said he and his delegation will host and engage in key strategic meetings with stakeholders to bolster the restart of the BVI’s industry.

A media release for the Premier’s Office said the delegation will also engage several independent business operators including vendors, cruise operators, BVI tour Ambassadors, tour operators, attractions, activity suppliers, bars and restaurants.

“This year’s event is critical to the tourism industry as several cruise lines have recently restarted cruising from several ports around the world. Industry partners will discuss various topics including community stewardship, operational practices, health and safety, and sustainability,” Premier Fahie stated.

The delegation joining the Premier comprises the Minister for Transportation & Works Kye Rymer, Junior Minister for Tourism Shari DeCastro, as well as members from the BVI Ports Authority, C.B. Romney Tortola Pier Park, BVI Tourist Board, and local cruise industry partners.

Premier Fahie said the BVI Tourist Board will be using the Seatrade meeting to share plans about its continued training of the hospitality industry to provide excellent guest experiences to cruise guests.

In the meantime, Dr Natalio Wheatley will serve as acting Premier while Fahie is away.

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  1. Curious says:

    “The delegation will also engage several independent business operators including vendors, cruise operators, BVI tour Ambassadors, tour operators, attractions, activity suppliers, bars and restaurants.” How will this take place if the delegation consists of only Premier, the Minister for Transportation & Works Kye Rymer, Junior Minister for Tourism Shari DeCastro, as well as members from the BVI Ports Authority, C.B. Romney Tortola Pier Park and the BVI Tourist Board?

  2. LB says:

    This ignorant government continues to demonstrate that it has no clue what it is doing. Why are they continuing to go after cruise Tourism? It takes 9 cruise tourists to equal what 1 sailing or hotel guest will spend daily. But this government has not looked at the sailing sector or hotels to see what it could do to promote to those tourists. The villas and stuff. Then they carry a set of waste of time to this conference who don’t know not a thing about Tourism. Blind leading the blind!

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    • Because says:

      Taxi drivers own BVi. Taxi drivers make more money from cruise passengers.

    • To LB says:

      Stop posting foolishness. This is one of many sectors of the economy the government is working on to get back up to speed since the pandemic started. This is also only one story which specifically deals with the cruise industry. Most of us think that the government is doing one of the best as government throughout the world in the handling of the pandemic and its negative effects. Let’s support them.

  3. heckler says:

    More lies when they come back

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  4. 1st District says:

    This is the most clueless government ever!

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  5. WHAT??? says:

    Nice to see Sowanndee left in charge – he’s doing so well at his other jobs…

  6. YOUTH says:

    I commend the Government and wish them well.

  7. My take says:

    This was the right move by Government. We fully support them.

  8. so tru says:

    the bvi is so backwards

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