updated 8:29 PM PDT, Apr 21, 2017
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Minister Says More Ships More Money for 2018

Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that the BVI’s cruising sector will grow even more in 2018 as more ships are expected to make calls here.

While speaking on the 3rd April, NDP radio program Hon. Vanterpool disclosed that Royal Caribbean and Carnival which are no strangers to the BVI will also be returning next year: “We’ve had meetings in Miami, in March, a number of the cruise ship companies are vying to come. We now have to even try to control how we do that as we go along, but we expect more ships to come in 2018. We expect Royal Caribbean to be back in that year, and the following year hopefully we will begin to see some Carnival ships coming back into the territory.”

The Communications and Works Minister said that the increased arrival means more revenue, and he disclosed that estimated growth was confirmed by the Director for the Caribbean Cruise Association: “When I was at the trade show, one of the director for the Caribbean Cruise Association said to me ‘how much do you think each passenger will spend in your country?’ I said, the number is now $50 before we got the cruise pier. He said ‘how much you think it will get to when you do the survey this year or next year?’ I said $100, and he said ‘no, we expect it to be between $130 and $150 per passenger,” Hon. Vanterpool declared.

The Minister explained:"This means, when we get to the million range in a year, $150 million being spent by cruise passengers in the BVI. That's on taxis, purchases and tours and all the different things that we do, when we get to that level, then we will be adding $150 million to the economy- to the GDP. That's not peanut money, that is at least 15 percent of our GDP. I think it will be good".


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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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