Ninth District Representative Vincent Wheatley has urged legislators to consider alternative measures that would make it cheaper for visitors and residents to get to the sister islands, especially those travelling to and from Anegada.
Wheatley, who represents the Virgin Gorda and Anegada, made those comments in the wake of the reportedly successful 10th-anniversary edition of the Anegada Lobster Fest.
According to Wheatley, legislators should examine the difficulty in travelling between Beef Island, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada which he described as too expensive.
“We got to figure out something with transportation — subsidising these ferry services or something because you make money when people are travelling around the BVI,” Wheatley said. “More persons would travel if it was easier and more convenient to do so.”
The legislator also complained about the availability of medical facilities in Virgin Gorda and the outer islands.
“If we’re going to be attracting persons, they don’t have to wonder, ‘if something happens, can I get a stitch? Can I get an X-ray?’ That’s last-century stuff,“ Wheatley stated.
“If we’re going to be getting this kind of recognition in Forbes [magazine], we have to make sure when these persons come to us they want to come back and send others. Because what they experience here is more than just sand and sea. [It’s] also the people the cuisine and also these other services,” the lawmaker said.