The government today unveiled the new statue of the late former Chief Minister Cyril B. Romney; judiciously located in the park of the jetty which already bears its name.
In addition to the late Romney statue, a new “BVI” sign was also unveiled.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony earlier today, Deputy Tourism Minister Sharie deCastro spoke of the impact the late Cyril B Romney had on tourism in the territory and the overall advancement of Virgin Islands.
She described him as a visionary islander who helped build the territory people know today.
DeCastro said the pier park continues the rich legacy of the former chief minister.
“Each time we pass by this place and many others, we recognize and honor the person whose name it bears, and we think of the legacy and contribution to the development of these Virgin Islands. In doing this, we are inspired by what they have done, and we ensure that younger generations of Virgin Islanders remain proud and inspired by the pillar of the Virgin Islands, as they constantly remind us that our people are capable of achieving great things” , said deCastro.
“As we assess the magnitude of what this means, we must appreciate the stature that people must have when we name our place and our significant buildings after them,” the young minister said.
The unveiling of the statue marked the sixth anniversary since the pier park was renamed Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park in honor of the late former chief minister.
DeCastro noted that the facility is a crucial part of the territory’s tourism infrastructure and product.
“It is the port through which thousands of precious visitors enter and leave our shores. Of course, tourism is one of our main economic engines which generates revenue for the government, creates economic activity for a large part of our population and stimulates commercial activities throughout the territory,” the Minister said. Tourism Assistant.
“The fact that tens of thousands of visitors pass through this facility each year, primarily but not exclusively from our cruise sub-industry, signals the importance of this facility to the livelihood of the Virgin Islands and its people,” a- she continued.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Andrew Fahie praised the late Romney and said he was a politician who knew how to lead his people.
“Anything new would always be disruptive, but CB Romney knew that to lead you had to put yourself and your country in unfamiliar territory in order to get something new. Too many of us want to lead and keep things the same way and expect new results and will never get anywhere. Romney has figured out how to bring people in,” the prime minister said.
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