BTA supports police investigation into fashion company raft – The Royal Gazette
Updated: June 10, 2021 7:09 PM
Charles Jeffers II, Managing Director of the Bermuda Tourism Authority (file photo)
A police investigation into an alleged violation of Covid-19 regulations during a raft-up organized by a high-end American online fashion retailer was supported today by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.
Charles Jeffers II, chief executive of BTA, said the exemption request for large groups for the Revolve event did not include a raft.
Raft-ups are prohibited under Covid-19 safety rules.
Jeffers said: “The BTA shared their full support for an investigation into the possible violation of Covid protocols during the event on the yacht on June 8.
“The BTA assisted local organizers with administrative matters, including group exemption requests for a series of photo ops and on-site assistance for influencer activities on social media.
“The requests did not include a permit for a boat raft.”
Mr Jeffers said the island’s organizers have managed a series of events for Revolve, which has drawn around 70 social media influencers to the island as part of a marketing campaign.
He added that the BTA team has provided support and helped promote the island’s message that it is open to visitors.
Jeffers said, “Unfortunately, there may have been a violation of approved protocols.
“We understand that the Bermuda Police Department has opened an investigation into the circumstances and we are awaiting the outcome.”
Mr. Jeffers said, “Our team is committed to ensuring that our processes and support are delivered in a thoughtful manner with consideration of fairness, security and balanced growth for Bermuda. “
He added: “I am committed to being transparent and open with the community as we face the challenges of the sector.
“Our role is to develop the tourist economy in a balanced, authentic and sustainable way.
“We market the island, leverage relationships and provide destination services to ensure our visitors experience the best of Bermuda.
“The group’s activities constitute an essential source of income for tourism entrepreneurs, the local creative industry and the hospitality sector.
“Group travel generates business for our hoteliers, DJs, artists, event planners and other tour operators. “
Revolve today posted on its Instagram account that it has “taken all necessary measures to ensure the safest possible travel”, including vaccinations and coronavirus tests.
He added that the company had received “a thorough briefing” on the island’s rules in the event of a pandemic.
He said travel guests were to be vaccinated two weeks before and have a clear Covid-19 PCR test result before departure and upon arrival.
Revolve added that guests must quarantine until they get a clear test result.
The company said everyone involved must submit travel authorization forms and get government approval.
Revolve, who visited Bermuda on a press trip in 2018, added: “After having had the best experience in Bermuda three years ago, we are delighted to partner again with the Bermuda Tourism Authority with the approval of the Government of Bermuda to promote safe travel. and remind everyone how amazing it is to visit. ”