The board of directors and senior managers at the BVI Airports Authority received training when they hosted the director general of Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean from Nov. 21-22, according to Government Information Services.

Dr. Rafael Echevarne facilitated an “airports economics seminar” with the senior members of the BVIAA staff and board, GIS noted in a Nov. 29 press release.

During the session, he addressed topics including the economic regulations to consider when generating revenue and developing new business models.

BVIAA Managing Director Kurt Menal said Dr. Echevarne also discussed capacity building and airport development.

“As we continue our focus on enhancing the traveller’s experience and improving the efficiency of the organisation, we look forward to ACI’s many contributions in assisting us to obtain this goal,” Mr. Menal added.

As an ACI member, the BVIAA receives benefits including opportunities for staff training and for serving on ACI committees focused on safety, general aviation, economics, marketing and other areas, according to GIS.

During the visit, the director general also took part in a joint courtesy call with Mr. Menal, Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley, Deputy Premier Kye Rymer, Financial Secretary Jeremiah Frett, BVIAA Chairman Theodore Burke, and BVIAA Deputy Managing Director for Administration Luce Hodge-Smith.

The ACI represents the collective interests of airports around the world to promote excellence in the aviation industry, according to GIS.

The group works with governments, regional ACI members, experts and international organisations like the International Civil Aviation Organisation to develop policies, programmes and best practices, GIS stated.