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'GO TO THE BVI'

Unbelievable? No! Unreal? No!! Surprising? No!!! Business as usual? Unfortunately, yes!!!!
Dear Source:
It was with a great deal of dismay, that I read of the withdrawal of Michael Bornn's name for nomination to the post of Tourism commissioner. Did I read correctly that the governor said he didn't think he could work with Mr. Bornn? Doesn't the greater good of the territory rest on this decision?
I'm sorry, but when the ship is sinking, your personal feelings should be put aside and the bigger picture should be seen by the captain. Is the governor afraid to be shown up? Certainly ego does not play into this dreadful decision. (ya right!!)
The governor will be begging the United States for more money soon, I'm sure. Doesn't this practice get old?
History repeats itself more in the Virgin Islands than anywhere I've ever seen. When are people going to wake up?
This is really a simple issue if one steps back from the fray and thinks about it. People want to come to the Virgin Island to spend their money. If they are treated in any way other than very well, they will not come back, and neither will any of their friends (ever hear of "word of mouth"?). Treat them well and they will come back.
If they don't go to the Virgin Islands, they will use your airports to go to other more pleasing destinations like Tortola, Virgin Gorda etc…
Make them want to come. Show some appreciation instead of taking this concept for granted.
This cycle can't go on forever. Right now, if someone asks me where they should go in the Caribbean, I tell them to go to the BVI. They ask me why I don't recommend the place I lived for 15 years, and I tell them the simple truth. The place seems to be falling apart. Sorry……….
Eric K. Roeske

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Unbelievable? No! Unreal? No!! Surprising? No!!! Business as usual? Unfortunately, yes!!!!
Dear Source:
It was with a great deal of dismay, that I read of the withdrawal of Michael Bornn's name for nomination to the post of Tourism commissioner. Did I read correctly that the governor said he didn't think he could work with Mr. Bornn? Doesn't the greater good of the territory rest on this decision?
I'm sorry, but when the ship is sinking, your personal feelings should be put aside and the bigger picture should be seen by the captain. Is the governor afraid to be shown up? Certainly ego does not play into this dreadful decision. (ya right!!)
The governor will be begging the United States for more money soon, I'm sure. Doesn't this practice get old?
History repeats itself more in the Virgin Islands than anywhere I've ever seen. When are people going to wake up?
This is really a simple issue if one steps back from the fray and thinks about it. People want to come to the Virgin Island to spend their money. If they are treated in any way other than very well, they will not come back, and neither will any of their friends (ever hear of "word of mouth"?). Treat them well and they will come back.
If they don't go to the Virgin Islands, they will use your airports to go to other more pleasing destinations like Tortola, Virgin Gorda etc...
Make them want to come. Show some appreciation instead of taking this concept for granted.
This cycle can't go on forever. Right now, if someone asks me where they should go in the Caribbean, I tell them to go to the BVI. They ask me why I don't recommend the place I lived for 15 years, and I tell them the simple truth. The place seems to be falling apart. Sorry..........
Eric K. Roeske