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(BVI NEWS) – Persons will soon be able to purchase visitor visas for a one-week stay in the British Virgin Islands.
Premier and Minister for Tourism Andrew Fahie made the announcement while delivering his budget address in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, November 19.
“To support the growth of visitor arrivals and fill our hotel rooms, particularly with persons with spending power, special visitors’ visas will be introduced allowing certain categories of visitors one-week stays,” Fahie said.
“They (visitors) would be able to purchase these visas at the airport of their departure or here in the BVI,” he added.
While he did not divulge the cost or any other information on this new undertaking, the Premier said the sale of visas “would provide another revenue stream for the territory”.
BVI to benefit from more routes
In the meantime, the leader of government business said the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) has commenced talks with Caribbean Airlines Limited to add the Virgin Islands to their list of flight destinations.
“There is optimism that this will happen in 2020,” Fahie told the House of Assembly.
He also said Silver Airways is set to add their 48 and 72 seater ATR aircraft to the BVI route by April 2020.
“This will significantly increase airlift to and from the territory and make it more convenient to connect with other destinations. The marketing strategy of these two airlines involves promoting the calendar of events – in the BVI’s case, our events such as Emancipation Festival, Lobster Fest, Virgin Gorda Easter Festival and our regattas – to boost their bookings. This will help the BVI to increase our visitor arrivals, providing direct benefits to our hotel, accommodation, and hospitality sectors,” the Premier noted.
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