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3% Increase In Overnight Tourist Arrivals


The BVI Tourist Board (TB) has recorded a three percent increase in overnight visitors.

 

"I am very pleased to report that preliminary arrival figures as of November 2013 indicated just over a three percent increase in overnight visitors compared to the same period in 2012," Premier and Tourism Minister, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith.

 

Premier Smith said as Minister of Tourism, in the very early days of his administration he directed the Chairman of the Tourist Board to aggressively market the BVI with a view to increasing tourist arrivals by ten percent in the short to medium term.


The Tourism Minister listed a number of things that have occurred in the territory which increase the markets in a very competitive industry.


He said resurgence in international tourism; a solid performance in the yachting industry; growth in high end tourism driven by luxury developments such as Oil Nut Bay; the completion and opening last year of the new and impressive Maria's by the Sea; the reopening of the Great House on Necker Island; and improvements at other properties such as Little Dix Bay, Peter Island; and Guana Island as well as improvements in the small properties and a more focused marketing strategy on the part of the BVI Tourist Board; securing airlift alternatives and recently more reliable ferry services between Tortola and St. Thomas "We will continue to make headway and drive growth by tapping into other markets and improving our tourism offerings and infrastructure. I am confident that with these efforts and others all combined to increase tourism arrivals we will get to that ten percent growth that I have requested," Premier Smith assured.


 

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425,000 Passengers Guaranteed Annually Under Agreement With Cruise Lines


The Virgin Islands is now guaranteed to have 425,000 passengers annually under an agreement inked last Friday with Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), giving the two lines preferential berthing rights to the Territory.


Mr. Karl L. Holz, President of DCL and Mr. Colin Murphy,


Vice President, Destination and Strategic Development at NCL signed the agreement with government officials including Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith and Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister for Communications and Works.


"The signing of this agreement means that beginning mid- 2015, a total of 425,000 passengers will be guaranteed to set foot on our shores. Each year, Norwegian is guaranteeing us a total of 350,000 passengers, while Disney is guaranteeing us 75,000," the Premier stated at the signing.


He said by signing the berthing agreement, the territory is demonstrating that it is moving forward on the road of progress.


"This agreement marks the first time that we will have a guaranteed number of cruise passengers coming to our shores year round. What this really means is 425,000 potential opportunities for BVIslanders with entrepreneurial spirits," he stated.


The berthing agreement will essentially guarantee the BVI at least $95,625,000 over the next 15 years from passenger tax.


Meanwhile, Minister Vanterpool in his remarks stated that in addition to bringing cruise passengers to the Territory, Disney Cruise Line promised to assist with their expertise to helping with hospitality training; and marketing the Territory throughout the world.


He also noted that Norwegian Cruise Line joined in by offering to also help to market the Virgin Islands to the rest of the world.


Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude Skelton Cline along with ministers of government were present at the signing.

 

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