Kenisha Sprauve has been appointed the Chairperson of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB), and
based on a statement by Junior Minister for Tourism Hon. Shereen Flax-Charles the new
Chairlady has already commenced work to improve the tourism sector.
Sprauve’s confirmation was noted in the 26 July Cabinet meeting decision that was released
on 22 August. According to the meeting notes the chair and other members of the BVI Tourist
Board were appointed at that meeting.
The new appointments are expected to span a period of three years with effect from 1 August
2019 pursuant to Section three of the Tourist Board Ordinance Cap. 280:
The other appointees were: Gloria Fahie, Arleen Parsons, Keshia Davis-Barnes, Julia Dawson-
Marsha; as well as Sasha Shimora Hodge as well as Dereck E. Marshal, Kelvin Christopher,
Leroy Moses, John Samuel (HLSCC – Chairman), Bevis Sylvester (BVI Airports Authority –
Chairman), Nathaniel Isaac (BVI Ports Authority – Chairman). Director of Tourism, Permanent
Secretary/Premier’s Office and the Financial Secretary are ex-Officio Members.
Sprauve Sets to Task
Mention that the new Chair of the Tourist Board was already working to improve tourism was
made by Hon. Flax-Charles during a public meeting that was held in Virgin Gorda on 21
The Junior Minister said: “When it comes to tourism there is no Irma or Maria that can handle
Shereen, Sharon and Keneisha,” Hon. Flax-Charles declared.
Hon. Flax-Charles further mentioned that the three tourism leaders have big plans for this
vital sector of the BVI economy: “We are going to give the BVI — myself as the Junior Minister
for Tourism, Sharon Flax-Brutus the Director of Tourism, and Keneisha Sprauve our new
Chairperson of the Tourist Board. We are going to show Irma and Maria what we are made of
and we are going to put tourism at the top of the economy.”
“We just got back from Las Vegas attending Virtuoso — 6500 luxury travel agents; everybody
was excited about the recovery of the BVI…We were also able to get information from other
resort development companies that are interested in coming to BVI. So, I think we are on the
right track and we are not turning back in terms of Tourism,” she added.