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.
said the criteria for receiving permission include tourism businesses being Gold Seal Certified by the BVI Tourist Board-H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).
The Premier said, “HLSCC, Culinary and Hospitality Studies Department has designed a programme to prepare workers to re-enter the Tourism Industry with health and safety at its core in the New Regular of living and working with COVID
-19. Participants must attend all online sessions of the programme to be eligible to receive internationally recognised certification.”
In addition to the certification, businesses must also be certified by the Environmental Health Department, and must obtain permission for reopening from the Premier’s Office, through the BVI Tourist Board.
while speaking on the significance of being a certified property in the COVID
-19 era said, “I want to emphasise that the Gold Seal certification is not just for our internal purposes. On the one hand, it helps us to establish controls in terms of ensuring that visitors are not being put at risk, that they get quality treatment, and that we have an organised system for contact tracing.”
The Premier added that by achieving certification, it conveys to the prospective visitor that a property or your business has met the requirements to provide some assurance for their safety.
“If you put yourself in the shoes of a tourist in this uncertain time of COVID
-19, no doubt you would prefer the property or service provider that has some kind of certification or accreditation over the ones that do not have it – not just locally, but when choosing a country for your trip,” he said.
Properties will be monitored to ensure that they remain complaint with industry standards.