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Tourists Want To See Historical Sites-Opposition Member; Criticizes Cruise Pier Landside Development

Government should invest money into preserving and making historical sites into tourist attractions over a landside development which is part of the Cruise Pier Development, according to a member of the Opposition.

Hon. Alvin Christopher, Second District Representative said locals will not benefit from such a development since the tourists will remain in that area and not make their way into the city.

"The day that we stop those passengers on the dock and say that we are developing a development there, that is exactly where they are going to stay. So the benefit that we are saying that is going to be received by people of the country, it's not going to happen. I know better," he said.

Hon. Christopher spoke about his experience while serving as minister.

"Even when I was Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, I put a committee together knowing what I knew from the cruise industry to go about highlighting all the historical sites and to develop a plan on how you can approach the Government and get them funded because that is what they were asking for," he asserted.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) stated that it has limited commercial space available on the upper floors of all the buildings at its new cruise pier development, Tortola Pier Park.

Interested businesses including banks, trust companies, telecommunications businesses, small offices and other types of commercial entities are invited to submit an Expression of Interest or EOI to the BVIPA by September 15, 2014.

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Gov't Looking To Triple Cruise Arrival Numbers; Projects 1 Million Annually

In the next five years the government is hoping to triple the number of Cruise Ship passengers following the completion of its multimillion dollar cruise pier project which remains in controversy. 

Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister of Communications and Works on Monday while addressing taxi operators, said there is a lot of hope in the future for the taxi and hospitality business in the Territory.

"We are expecting our numbers to triple over the next five years in terms of cruise ship passenger arrivals, from the current 350,000, up to between 750 thousand to a million passengers annually," he said. 

The minister further stated that government have offered to work with the cruise lines to facilitate or pay for tendering services so that the ships can still come even though construction on the pier is ongoing.

"As an incentive we have also offered to reduce the head tax to encourage cruise lines to continue to visit us while the dock is being completed and according to schedule by January of next year we should be welcoming the first of the mega ships to our shores."

He added, "so as we work together to secure the future of the cruise tourism industry, I once again solicit the patience of you [taxi drivers], the members of the public as we go through this very necessary phase of our development."

The extension of the dock is expected to be completed by year end and the landside development by December next year. 

"Our Government therefore, continues to make every effort to ensure that the cruise ships keep coming and that the livelihood of our people is secure. With the completion of the cruise pier extension next year, we are expecting some great days ahead for the industry," Minister Vanterpool said.


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