Topic: Statutory Bodies, The Public Service, Tourism | Posted By: lstevens
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 - 5:14pm
The Board of Directors of the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission has announced the appointment of Mr. Rhodni Skelton as the Acting Director of Tourism, effective Monday, 25th May 2020. The appointment will run until 30th June, 2020, by which time the organization aims to select a substantive candidate for the post of Director of Tourism.
On March 14th, citing the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, the Government of the Virgin Islands announced the immediate closure of the Tortola cruise port, allowing no cruise ships to call on the territory for a 30 day period in an effort to protect the Territory from potential contamination.
The Government of the British Virgin Islands has announced that it will halt cruise ship operations for an initial period of 30 days amid Coronovirus outbreak, citing the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring Covid-19 a pandemic.
The Government of the Virgin Islands is inviting all taxi-drivers and tour operators operating at the cruise pier, vendors on the Tortola Pier Park and Craft Alive to an important meeting in the Jost Van Dyke Room at Maria’s by the Sea, tomorrow Saturday March 14 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is being held to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on the Tourism industry.
All are invited to make a special effort to attend.
After consultation with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and other senior health officials, a decision was made that cruise ship M/V Costa Favolosa will not be allowed to call on the Virgin Islands today.
Mister Speaker, I will now focus on give an update on the state of our tourism industry. Our tourism industry continues to surge as evidenced by official reports from the Government’s Central Statistics Office which note increases of arrivals year over year since the hurricanes of 2017.