Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald Christian has said he is anticipating a boost in the local tourism industry this year.
Speaking yesterday during an interview with BVI News, Christian said the marine sector is already showing signs of bouncing back. He added that plans are also in the pipeline for new resorts to be built in the territory.
“We don’t have the final numbers as it ends in 2017 but obviously there will be a slight dip because, for three months, we were basically shut out. But the resiliency that I have seen in two and a half months gives me a lot of hope,” he stated.
“If you look out on the horizon right now, you will see a lot of chartered boats which means the marinas and boat companies, obviously are continuing to bring back their clients. You see the mega yachts increasing as times goes by. So, I believe that the numbers may have dropped in 2017 but they are going to pick up,” the junior minister remarked.
He continued: “I think the biggest sector that will benefit right now would be the sailing sector. As we speak right now we can see that it is happening, what the numbers will be is anybody’s guess, but I am optimistic that the sailing sector we will see the biggest increase in terms of numbers over the next few months.”
New resorts coming
Christian said though many major resorts and hotels were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, new structures will be erected.
He did not specify when the new structures will be built but said the local employment rate will rise as a result.
“We are going to have one or two new resorts that will spring up, but I don’t have the details to tell you exactly where those resorts will be. But I know for sure that some new resorts will be coming up on the horizon,” noted Christian.
“I think that is good news for the BVI because they will be brand new hotels,” he added.