At a time when the National Democratic Party (NDP) is gearing up for a major shakeup, the NDP’s Junior Minister for Tourism Archibald Christian has said he is weighing whether to continue a career in representational politics.
His statement also comes as the British Virgin Islands moves closer to the next General Election, which Premier Dr Smith announced will be next summer or, perhaps, ‘sooner’.
“I have not made any official announcement about my intention to run in the next election. I have not decided yet”, Christian told BVI News last week.
According to the junior minister, an announcement on his political intentions will be forthcoming in ‘due course’.
Just this week, Premier Smith said he will not lead his NDP party into the next election.
Christian’s journey mixed with good and bad
While reflecting on his time as a legislator, Christian said his tenure has been both a mixture of positives and negatives.
“It’s been good, it’s been challenging, it’s been rewarding but it is something that I haven’t regretted.”
Christian said he was pleased to make a difference in certain areas such as raising awareness on waste management in the territory, as well as highlighting the importance of being a litter-free destination.
“I would think that I have tried to assist many persons as possible with challenges that they might have experienced from time to time,” he further said.
Christian also described himself as a ‘team player’ who has been supportive of his ministerial colleagues for the last seven years.
On another note, he said he does not think the general public has a full appreciation of the importance of tourism. He described that as one of the challenges he has been experiencing as junior tourism minister.
He also said, despite ongoing training, there is still more work to be done in developing a culture of good customer service in the territory.
“Our standards, the way Customs and Immigration deal with visitors or even residents, anybody who comes into contact with visitors — these are issues that we have to deal with.
“Because, at the end of the day, financial services and tourism — they are both service industries which requires pleasant people who provide a good experience to the public.”
Nonetheless, he said the tourism sector is slowly being rebuilt to its pre-hurricane condition.
He then applauded the BVI Tourist Board for doing what he said was ‘good work’.
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