Two months after Hurricane Irma battered the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the country’s tourism officials have announced that the islands are open for business.
US$3.4 billion in damage
Director of Tourism, Sharon Flax-Brutus, told a news conference in Barbados that preliminary assessments show the BVI suffered US $3.4 million in damage from the category five storm. However, she added that the islands have moved on from crisis to recovery.
“Our islands are rebounding due to the resilience, tenacity and strength of our people, as well as assistance from the UK government, our Caribbean neighbors, as well as the philanthropic gifts from persons who have come to love the BVI as I do,” Flax-Brutus said.
Guests returned from Nov 1
According to her, the tourism sector started welcoming guests back on November 1, in time for two of its major events.
“As the sailing capital of the world, it is our yachting sector that is first to open for business. In fact this week we are hosting our annual Charter yacht Society Boat Show where yacht brokers have the opportunity to tour yachts available for vacation experiences.
Anegada was spared the brunt of the storm and as such we will host the Anegada Lobster Fest on the weekend of November 25th, she stated.
Flax-Brutus added that some small properties are housing relief workers and receiving guests, and she expects this trend to continue in the near future.
She stated that the luxury sector was the hardest hit and properties are working towards being ready by next year’s season.
Flax-Brutus reported that while some tourist attractions have been compromised on some islands, the natural sites have been generally spared.
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