British Virgin Islands

Monday, Nov 23, 2020

Gov't mulls Motorsports as new tourism product

The Virgin Islands may soon be venturing into motorsports as a new tourism product if plans materialise. This according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fhaie.

The Premier made the announcement at his Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 2020 budget presentation.

"Many people in the Territory are fans of drag racing but it is unsafe for this pastime to take place on our public roads," he said.

Premier Fahie continued, "Within the next week, we will call a public forum with all our youth and interested persons to turn this into a sport of safety and fun, as it has the potential if conducted in a responsible manner, to generate employment opportunities and attract revenues."

More discussion to come

Since taking office in February 2019, Premier Fahie said an unconventional approach will be taken to governance and with that, innovative ideas will come with the aims of boosting the local economy.

"Motorsports can then be added to our tourism product," he said in noting that discussion will come on the proposed sites where Government land is available, "turn our fears into opportunities".

Already as part of the Government's legislative agenda, Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellency, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert during his November 14, 2019, "Speech from the Throne,' said the Fahie Administration will be regulating the gaming and betting industries to boost revenues and provide employment.


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