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We haven’t been invited to any reopening discussion — BVICCHA

Chaunci Cline

The British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association’s (BVICCHA) said it could contribute a lot to discussions on the BVI’s reopening protocols but said government has not invited them to participate in any such discussions.

Earlier in October, the BVICCHA expressed disappointment that the government rejected a set of reopening protocols it had proposed for the December 1 reopening of the tourism industry.

But Premier Fahie later stated that aspects of the BVICCHA’s plan would be incorporated into the plan the government is working on.

In a November 13 interview with 284 Media, Chaunci Cline — a leader within the BVICCHA — said her organisation’s help could prevent what she calls the delay and lack of detail in the government’s handling of the reopening plans.

“Our voice has not been invited around those tables and I believe some of what you are seeing — delay, lack of direction, lack of detail in terms of how we can work this thing out together — if we were at the table, I think it could truly make a difference,” Cline said.

Sher further said her organisation simply wants to help and “sharpen the plan” which will affect all businesses when the territory starts accepting visitors.

“However, we have not been invited and it’s so unfortunate because we add so much value. When you are the voice of the business community, what better entity to help move that agenda forward and to communicate to our constituency (businesses operators). That’s the next thing, we like to convey that information back to the industry because sometimes it’s not always clear cut and concise,” Cline argued.

Andrew Ball, another member of the BVICCHA who participated in the interview, said the government’s ‘tweakings’ or revisions of the protocols is creating a lot of uncertainty within the BVI’s tourism sphere.

“If we look at our cancellations for instance, we had a lot of people who cancelled after the first announcements, they might not have cancelled after the second announcement,” Ball explained.

He said he has received feedback from potential visitors who are hesitant to book vacations as they are concerned that BVI’s protocols may change in the near future.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Claude in the discussions so ask him.

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  2. why says:

    Why do you think you need to be invited. We elected representatives. BVICCHA is not one of them. You need to cool it. They don’t need to hear from you.

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    • VI Made says:

      @ why. People like you need not comment. You miss the entire point.

      Anyway, Mrs. Cline please ask the Advisor, your husband.

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      • The point is says:

        You all don’t have a say. Hush and wait to see how it’s handled. We did not elect you guys.

        You all run from where you come from to try and run people place. If you don’t like it go back

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    • Judith says:

      You are not from the BVI Chaunci. The government does not need your help. They will use you how the snake use Eve. Them don’t know any better. You see how they treat them own. If I was in your position I would gladly give your job to an indigenous bvislander and you will get them to include the chamber.

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    • @why says:

      Shut your Ra$$. Did we elect Claude? yet he always ranting and raving. The BVICCHA is in place for a purpose. Get your head out of your dictator a$$.

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  3. Everybody Wants To says:

    Why everybody not from the BVI wants to run it. They couldn’t run where they came from that’s why they left?

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    • @everybody wants to know says:

      The same way you talk the same reason the residency program going fail because BVI people are no good. Them only want the visitors money and give them fake service. Set of disgrace.

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  4. Forget it says:

    What a set of jokers. [The] organization is worthless! No one will take them seriously especially while the head lives off Government contracts.

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  5. VI says:

    This premier is just w****d
    He is all for himself
    He don’t care about the ppl
    He is one sided
    He thinks he knows it all but he ain’t f** to be a leader
    It’s time the ppl take the streets and protest
    Fahie must go before he bring this island down to its knees any further
    All who claiming that the premier don’t need to hear from the tourist board ayo need to shut the f**k up, y’all bread well butter

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  6. lol says:

    There is no need for consultation in a dictatorship. Mr St Kitts will give all the needed advice.

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  7. Doh says:

    Of course you weren’t invited. Dictatorships don’t ask for public discussion or feedback. They tell you what to do. How long is it going to take for everyone to realize this?

    Wake up people.

    Carry on.

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  8. johnny says:

    Transparency would be nice.

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  9. Hotelier says:

    This so called organization represents almost none of the country’s hotel and restaurants.

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  10. really says:

    There is no need for [the] money making club to be involved.You all claimed to be important and have been shown that you hold no sway.The only good thing for BVICCHA is that your membership has grown becuse yourclaimof being relevant which are not.

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  11. Hmmm says:

    Mr. Ball has been in those meetings with business people held at Maria’s more than once. How she saying they ain’t invited

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  12. O ooooh says:

    I no know what fa tell she. The d*****or busy doing government business.

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  13. Jurassic says:

    Wha you block out d******r nooooo. If the public think you d******r you d******r. This thing hear public bossy. Everybody know he running the country like a d******r. Even the trushy them know he d******r.

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  14. X Supporter says:

    One term di****or.

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  15. YOUTH says:

    What is this women’s problem? She is always after the Government.

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  16. Smh says:

    Watch a couple!

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  17. enough is enough says:

    Just about every article I have read here in the last 9 months has multiple comments around BVI islanders, down islanders, expats, Americans, rich, white, males, females, Vincy, …etc

    Enough already why do we need to focus on things that make us all different as opposed to focusing on what makes us unite. What happened to ONE LOVE? Think of what the great ones like Martin Luther king, Bob Marley, Ghandi have spent a life time trying to get the masses to understand?

    I seriously think BVI News should run an article on this very concept we all need to park our differences and work together. The division I see here is no better than the crap spouted by southern states during the civil rights movement.

    now before you react to my comment go listen to one love by Bob, then engage your mind and lets get together and feel alright!

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    • Thank you says:

      Much needed comments.

      Those type of blogs say a couple things

      1. It’s the same people blogging
      2. Those people are very devisive
      3. The bloggers are people with personal agendas

      Thankfully those blogs don’t represent the majority.

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  18. Patrick says:

    It seems people respected Ralph O’Neal like they respect Nelson Mandela. People respect Andrew Fahie like they did Hugo Chavez. Hugo make him a don.

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  19. Lol says:

    We in a dick tayt or ship so you not getting a call.

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  20. Lol says:

    You just the wrong Cline honey boo. If it was an indigenous Cline the gangsta government would jump like them in new life baptist church and March like Noel Lloyd.

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    • @lol says:

      Are you saying the premier behaves like a puppet to the mass but dictates to the poor?

    • To LOL says:

      Such ignorant comments. I disagree with all the nonsense being spoken about the Government because I have never seen any other Government communicate with the public more than this Government.

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  21. @Zimbabwe says:

    Mugabe’s philosophies worked well in chasing the thieves and plunderers out of the country and reclaiming the lands for the people. It is the western crippling sanctions imposed upon that nation which only sought to to right a wrong that made his efforts fail. So who are trying to fool with your alternative nonesensecical gibberish?

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  22. Meme says:

    She just as a****ing as her husband

  23. Gale says:

    But she can’t even manage v*****e c**, why we would want her input

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