The British Virgin Islands Are Back And Ready For Business After Disastrous Hurricane Season
By Sharelle Burt
The British Virgin Islands Tourism Board has been hard at work to get the islands back open for business after a hurricane shut down over 90 percent of the territory’s accommodations. The islands’ tourism board proudly announces that BIV is thriving in re-opening resorts and expanding on the ferry and air service.
Many properties and attractions were destroyed during Hurricane Maria and Irma, but the aftermath gave the country a reason to upgrade on products. 75 percent of marine berths and 37 percent of the land accommodation inventory are set to reopen by the end of this year, with more than 1,000 rooms and 32,000 berths. BVI is expecting over 200 port calls and 400,000 passengers during the 2018-2019 season.
“It’s been quite a year, but we are extremely pleased that so many of the British Virgin Islands’ premier resorts and hotels are now open for business,” director of tourism Sharon Flax-Brutus said. “It is exciting to see that owners took advantage of this time to rebuild, enhancing and expanding their products to exceed our new and loyal visitors’ every expectation.
Popular resorts on the island took advantage in a big way, like Anegada Beach Club who launched new accommodations earlier this year and Guana Island, who expanded their organic farm facility with three more greenhouses. Necker Island, owned by billionaire Richard Branson, reopened with the Great House expanding to eleven rooms and rebuilt the ‘Bali High’ complex with an extended pool and lounge.
Taddy Bay Airport just reopened its runways on November 2 and airlines like interCaribbean Airways are expanding services between San Juan and Tortola. The Auguste George Airport in Anegada is also open and looking to expand on local and international flights from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cruise lines are also back in business with Disney making its return in September and Norwegian Cruise Line back in October.
The British Virgin Islands Tourism Board says now that the island is up and running again, they will continue to run the Seeds of Love program, replanting indigenous trees and vegetation in Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and other islands.