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Turnbull tries again to get details on Premier’s tourism strategy

Turnbull tries again to get details on Premier’s tourism strategy

Second District Representative, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull will be taking a second attempt to get Premier Andrew Fahie to reveal the territory’s tourism strategy when the House of Assembly (HOA) gets underway today.

Previously, Turnbull’s attempts were met by a wall of standing orders (the rules that govern the HOA) from the Premier, after the leader of government business claimed that the information was confidential and opted not to disclose any of the territory’s plans publicly.

Responding to the question at the time, the Premier said: “To divulge the details of our marketing strategy would allow our competitors to know exactly what our plans are and thereby eroding our competitive advantage as the premier leading destination.”

At the time, Premier Fahie offered to disclose the government’s tourism strategy to Turnbull privately.

Last year, the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) announced that it would hire a consultant who specializes in crisis management to reboot the tourism industry amid the (COVID-19) pandemic.

And following the reopening of the territory’s borders, the Fahie-led administration announced that mnore tha 7,000 visitors have graced the territory’s shores in recent months.

Additionally, Premier Fahie, who serves as the territory’s Finance and Tourism Minister, disclosed recently that his administration continues discussions behind the scenes for the BVI to enhance its airlift capacity and to increase accommodations in the territory.

Meanwhile, at the HOA sitting today, Turnbull is expected to ask the Premier when he intends to hold meetings with the stakeholders of the Second District on Tortola and Jost Van Dyke so they could be enlightened on the strategy, especially since being out of work for the greater part of 18 months.

Premier Fahie is also being asked to disclose when he intends to make funding available to prepare the territory, specifically the tourist destination areas such as the entire Second District for receiving guests through landscaping and infrastructural works.

According to the order paper for today’s sitting, the Second District Representative is also seeking to find out when the Premier plans to install street lights on the Windy Hill road which leads from Stoutt’s Lookout to Chalwell Estate.

Today’s House sitting begins at 10 am and will be held at the Save The Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.

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