I acknowledge the protocol which has already been established, and I again welcome you to the beginning of our very first Culture and Tourism Month. I will take this opportunity to give some context for the fusion of culture and tourism in the month of November and clearly articulate a very clear vision for culture during my tenure as Culture Minister.
Good Afternoon everyone!
Today marks the commencement of a very special merger and it is good that we are all here to witness it. On this day we formerly mold all that we are as a Virgin Islands community and people with a vital part of our economy. This is a fitting and right partnership and I wish to first and foremost commend the visionaries behind this plan.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture has received eight unique pieces of artwork from the Virgin Islands Communal Association (VICA) during the opening ceremony of Culture and Tourism Month on November 1.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said businesses engaged in tourism activities must be certified to receive visitors as part of Phase Three of the reopening of the tourism industry.
As the Territory continues to prepare to welcome visitors on December 1, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has shared the measures that will be implemented to ensure a smooth process.
Today, we engage another phase of our plan. We move another step forward in the phased reopening of our borders and our tourism industry in this COVID-19 era – in the New Regular of living and working with this unpredictable virus.
Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro is featured as she presented the winners of the Back to School essay competition with their awards. There were six competition winners in various categories.