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Forging a new direction in Tourism to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry is critically important to the Government of the Virgin Islands.

This was the message by Premier and Minister for Tourism Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE speaking with the media in a press briefing this afternoon.


Premier Smith outlined three of many initiatives which are part of Government’s tourism agenda to revitalise and re-energise the sector. He discussed Government’s approach to improving the airlift to ensure sustainability of the tourism sector; the official opening of Gun Creek, North Sound as a port of entry and the appointment of Mrs. Janice Brathwaite-Edwards as the Tourism Liaison Officer.

In speaking on the topic of airlift, Premier Smith said, improving direct air access to the Territory is important for the long-term sustainability of the tourism industry.

The Premier announced that Government is currently in consultations with local, regional and international carriers to bring on stream commercial jets to fly nonstop directly to and from the United States, Asia and Europe.

“Direct flights to the Territory mean that the industry will become more viable. We want to give those who have invested in Tourism a reasonable assurance that we can get travelers to complete their journey on the same day,” Premier Smith said.

Premier Smith outlined three of many initiatives which are part of Government’s tourism agenda to revitalise and re-energise the sector. He discussed Government’s approach to improving the airlift to ensure sustainability of the tourism sector; the official opening of Gun Creek, North Sound as a port of entry and the appointment of Mrs. Janice Brathwaite-Edwards as the Tourism Liaison Officer.

In speaking on the topic of airlift, Premier Smith said, improving direct air access to the Territory is important for the long-term sustainability of the tourism industry.

The Premier announced that Government is currently in consultations with local, regional and international carriers to bring on stream commercial jets to fly nonstop directly to and from the United States, Asia and Europe.

“Direct flights to the Territory mean that the industry will become more viable. We want to give those who have invested in Tourism a reasonable assurance that we can get travelers to complete their journey on the same day,” Premier Smith said.

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