A lot of what I post here is my writing from elsewhere. With the arrival of the latest edition of the BVI Welcome magazine, I thought it’d be a good time to share my editor’s letter from the issue. If you want to see the articles mentioned here in print, you can pick it up at hotels, restaurants, ports of entry and lots of other locations around the BVI. You can also read it online at bviwelcome.com
With its cozy evenings, contemplative holidays, and of course the chance to turn the page on the calendar into a new year, winter is a time I’ve always associated with new beginnings.
As I reflect on what 2019 might bring for the BVI, I am filled with hope. As of November, the territory boasts more than 800 rooms and nearly 3,000 berths available for guests. The BVI Tourist Board reports that while the number of overall visitors is down from last year, the figures for those coming to our shores for the day have risen.
This calendar year is also slated to see the return of some of the BVI’s larger resorts, many of whom sustained catastrophic damage in Hurricane Irma. A special bright spot is the yachting sector, which is making great strides thanks to hard work, dedicated people, and, of course the BVI’s waters, which remain as enchanting as ever.
In this issue, read about some of the youngest yachties in the BVI, who are using their talents to represent the BVI in sailing competitions around the world. You’ll also meet two radiant daughters of the BVI who are representing the territory in Asia for international pageants; as well as a couple who successfully ditched their corporate careers to make a living going on other people’s vacations. Plus, read all about the re-opening of the JR O’Neal Botanic Gardens in Road Town.
Although we aren’t quite where we were before being pummeled by flooding and two major hurricanes in 2017, it’s safe to say that the BVI is well on its way to a new beginning as Nature’s Little Secrets.