Monday, July 13 – The British Virgin Island Ports Authority (BVIPA) continues to advance the Cruise Pier Development Project with the full cooperation and support of its partner cruise lines and the wider Florida Caribbean Cruise Line Association.
With growing interest over the landside development, Tortola Pier Park (TPP), the BVIPA anticipates that 10 of the 11 leasable buildings will reach substantial completion by October 31. The total number of businesses currently committed and approved for lease within TPP is 54, with only four (4) of these businesses being internationally owned and the remaining 50 businesses being owned by Belongers and BVIslanders.
The tenant mix of businesses to be established in TPP includes locally made souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, footwear, leather goods, food and beverage, eyewear, medical services, post office, perfumes and cosmetics, amongst others.
The progress being made on the landside development is in line with targets set for the start of the next cruise season on October 1, at which time Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) would be required to pay the increased head charge of $15.00. In the meanwhile, NCL, on the remaining weekly cruise calls, will continue to be charged at a rate of $7.00 per person.
To this end, Managing Director of the BVIPA Mr. Claude Skelton Cline said, “The BVI Ports Authority looks forward to substantial and actual completion of this project when the substantial benefits under Berthing Agreements would mature and be derived.”
The BVI Cruise Pier Expansion Project is designed to create a unique and modern cruise pier facility that delivers a memorable, world-class and environmentally compatible sustainable development.