Director of Tourism Sharon Flax-Brutus said visitors who booked their stay in the British Virgin Islands before the global impact of the coronavirus are still showing interest in vacationing when the pandemic is over.
Flax-Brutus said this shows that the visitors are loyal to the BVI brand and will be crucial in assisting the territory in getting back on its proverbial feet.
She said: “When tourism rebounds — and it will in a different shape or form — the BVI will still be one of the most sought-after destinations in the Caribbean; that I am sure of. We are seeing where guests to the destination especially, on our social media page, are telling us ‘stay safe’, and they haven’t cancelled their reservations. They have postponed their reservations, and they are also looking to the future.”
She described the BVI as having one ‘of the highest clientele in the Caribbean’ and said this helped the territory after the 2017 hurricanes.
“I am absolutely confident that it will help us when we re-emerge from this situation,” Flax-Brutus said.
Tourism is the second-largest economic pillar of the BVI and is responsible for injecting millions into the local economy yearly.
The territory’s borders have been ordered closed due to the threat of COVID-19. The BVI, who has reported three confirmed cases of the virus, is now on 14 days of a 24-hour curfew that is slated to end on April 19.
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