Premier Dr. the Hon D. Orlando Smith lauded the efforts that various entities in the tourism sector have been making to improve their product and by extension the Territory’s tourism offering.
The BVI Leader during a statement to the House of Assembly on 25 January noted that much of what keeps this destination globally competitive in tourism takes place at the accommodations level — at properties, resorts, villas or charter yachts.
“It is why, for example, since early December almost weekly we have seen a large cargo vessel anchor in Road Harbour unloading new yachts for The Moorings fleet, as they strive to maintain an average age of three to five years for their fleet,” Premier Smith announced.
In acknowledgement of other tourism improvement efforts, Hon. Smith also mentioned accommodations such as Ole Works Inn and Peter Island Resort. “That is why over the last several years Peter Island Resort has been investing substantial financial resources in its new welcome center and the renovation of its guest rooms. The same is true for my friend Quito Rhymer who is about to commence a complete rebuild of the Ole Works Inn on Cane Garden Bay as the owners of Maria’s by the Sea did a few years ago.”
Premier Smith explained that the improvements are part of an effort to remain globally competitive. “It is about having a product that meets the needs of our visitors. Here the role of government is to be partners in facilitating this process because it helps to keep the destination globally competitive,” he added.
Therefore the BVI Leader said that Government is remaining steadfast in the pursuit of its wider initiatives that will not only strengthen the growth of the tourism economy and keep BVI at the forefront of Caribbean Tourism, but will broaden and deepen the entire economy for the sustainability of future generations.