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.
- Published in Tourism