The British Virgin Islands has new leadership

Published on : Friday, March 15, 2019

The British Virgin Islands has new name in the management in the critical Tourism sector with the recent election of Premier and Minister responsible for Tourism, Hon. Andrew A. Fahie and Territorial At-Large Representative and Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon.


Shereen Flax-Charles. The British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands hosted elections on February 25th. Under the leadership of Fahie, the Virgin Islands Party got 8 of the 13 seats held by the members elected of the Territory’s House of Assembly. On February 26th, he vowed in as Premier by Governor Augustus Jaspert. Mrs. Flax-Charles was then named Junior Minister for Tourism to assist Premier Fahie in handling the tourism portfolio.


An experienced legislator, for the past 20 years, Hon. Fahie has served in the House of Assembly (previously called the Legislative Council) as the representative for the First Electoral District. From 2000-2003, he acted as the Minister for Education and Culture and again from 2007-2011, and as Leader of the Opposition from 2017-2018. Hon. Fahie is an erstwhile educator and businessman.


From his childhood, Mrs. Flax-Charles has been involved with the tourism sector, having worked at the Fischer’s Cove Beach Hotel in Virgin Gorda, which is managed by her parents. For almost 20 years, the first-time legislator is a business woman who worked full time at the BVI Tourist Board in the capacities of Sister Islands Tourism Development Manager and Projects Manager. She is a popular singer with her band “It’s a Secret” and as calypsonian Queen Shereen.


To quote Hon. Fahie, “I am a proud product of the First District which has always been a major hub of tourism activity in our Territory, with several hotels and villas, yacht charter companies, boat and vehicle rentals, marinas as well as one of the primary ports of entry at West End.”


“I am committing to being laser-focused on Tourism as a driver of economic development in these Virgin Islands. My Government will do its best to provide the BVI Tourist Board with all the resources necessary to foster the sustainable development of tourism in the BVI for the benefit of all residents.”



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