National tourism plan suspended

This British Virgin Islands sculpture is located in Cyril B. Romney Pier Tortola Park.

Like many plans stalled by the incriminating Commission of Inquiry (COI) report and its recommendations published nearly two months ago, Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Dr Natalio Whitley announced that the National Tourism Plan is one of those projects which have been suspended. Keep.

Back in 2020, former prime minister and minister responsible for tourism Andrew Fahey announced that the British Virgin Islands would soon adopt a National Tourism Plan to regulate the local industry.

At the time, the plan was under consideration in the House of Assembly. Since then, however, talk of the plan has been hushed up, and there have been few updates.

Asked by BVI News about the progress of the plan and when residents will be informed about it, Dr. Whitley noted that the plan has been submitted to the Cabinet for decision on the tender.

“We did have a decision from the Cabinet of Ministers to award a tender that took place not so long ago, but now we have put this project on hold,” said Dr. Whitley.

Last April, the government released a 35-page document requesting proposals for the development of a National Tourism Plan for the future of the territory. However, the prime minister said that while the project is on hold, he will continue to work with the tourism industry on how to move forward.

“Of course the Tourism Board representatives have strategic plans that we are moving forward, but until we make that specific decision to move that plan forward, we will be working with our tourism officials at the Tourism Board on how we move forward. go ahead,” said Dr. Whitley.

The Minister of Tourism also stressed that his government will seek to return to the familiar tourism industry to help solve the financial problems facing the Virgin Islands and actively increase revenue to improve the territory’s economy.

“We need to diversify our tourism product and diversify our economy,” said Dr. Whitley.

When former Prime Minister Fahy mentioned the National Tourism Plan, he noted that it should have been passed some time ago. However, no one has ever put him in his place. He added that the lack of a National Tourism Plan makes officials in the sector work blindly, and it is necessary to move to the next level in this sector, and the plan could contribute to this.

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