STATEMENT BY PREMIER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE, THE HONOURABLE D. ORLANDO SMITH, OBE ON
CRUISE CALLS TO TERRITORY NEXT WEEK
The Government of the Virgin Islands after careful consideration and consultation with the Recovery Advisory Group and industry stakeholders has determined that two cruise ship calls scheduled for August 15 and 16 will not take place.
While the Territory is open for business following the rains on Monday, cleanup and recovery efforts continue to address damage to critical infrastructure in the short-term while continuing the long-term strategy of upgrading key infrastructure throughout the Territory. After considering the volume of visitors expected from the calls, we agreed that our infrastructure, key attractions and beaches needed additional time for full restoration.
It is important that our recovery efforts continue to ensure that we provide lasting memories of the BVI for both visitors and residents alike. Our agencies and residents are committed to a stellar BVI guest experience where we meet and exceed expectations in Nature’s Little Secrets.
We look forward to welcoming the ships back to our shores on their next calls scheduled for August 29 and 30.
I thank all the Government agencies, private contractors, the private sector, volunteer organisations, and members of the public for their collective and commendable efforts as we continue as “One BVI” to make significant progress with finalising our recovery and returning this part of paradise to a state of normalcy.