Government is one step closer to securing jobs in the cruise industry for interested locals.
Premier Andrew Fahie said he opened talks with cruise companies when he led a delegation to Florida, USA for the 2019 Seatrade Cruise Global Conference early last month.
“We actually have negotiated and are finishing negotiations with the ships so that any person in the Virgin Islands who want to actually work on a cruise line, whether it be in culinary, in the offices or wherever the case may be; even for the bands,” the Premier said.
He added: “There are some policies we have to put in place in certain legislation, so we are reviewing them. They told us that if we can do that, and our people are willing to have employment; on one of the cruise liners, they have up to 6,000 jobs.”
Fahie, who has responsibility for tourism, did not disclose the name of the cruise line willing to offer that many job opportunities. He, however, noted that those many vacancies would easily allow government to fulfil its election promise of creating ‘1,000 in 1,000 days’.
Premier Fahie also revealed the prospects of a possible training programme for residents interested in pursuing a career in the cruise industry.
“We also negotiated with the ships, that the marketing money that we have collected for them here that is stored. One of the cruise liners actually wants to complete discussions with us to invest some of that if not all, into the marine programme of our young people to train them to be captains for a certain tonnage and even all the way up to cruise liners,” the Premier said.
He was speaking in the House of Assembly last week.
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