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NY Times lists VI as #2 travel destination for 2020

-Territory makes top 52 locales to visit in new year
US publication, The New York Times, has listed the [British] Virgin Islands as the No. 2 must travel tourism destination for the new year 2020 in a raving review that lists the territory as one of 52 top global destinations. Photo: Internet Source
The NY Times review comes following high praises from CEOWORLD magazine which stated that the VI was the most popular tourist destination for the super-rich in 2019. Photo: Internet Source
The NY Times review comes following high praises from CEOWORLD magazine which stated that the VI was the most popular tourist destination for the super-rich in 2019. Photo: Internet Source
With a focus on green development, the review said many properties have a new environmental focus including that of Necker Island owned by British Billionaire Richard C. Branson. Photo: Necker Island
With a focus on green development, the review said many properties have a new environmental focus including that of Necker Island owned by British Billionaire Richard C. Branson. Photo: Necker Island
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - US publication, The New York Times, has listed the [British] Virgin Islands as the No. 2 must travel tourism destination for the new year 2020 in a raving review that lists the territory as one of 52 top global destinations.

This comes following high praises from CEOWORLD magazine which stated that the VI was the most popular tourist destination for the super-rich in 2019.

According to the NY Times, "Hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the British Virgin Islands have been slow to recover. But this year, a number of resorts will reopen, including Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the iconic resort originally developed by the conservation-minded Laurance Rockefeller in 1964, which was under renovation when the storms hit; it reopened this month." 

It said on Norman Island, planned developments for 2020 include three hotels, a marina and an observatory.

With a focus on green development, it said many properties have a new environmental focus, "Necker Island, the private island owned by Richard C. Branson, will finish rebuilding by April, and introduce uniforms made from recycled plastic found in the ocean; in 2019, the resort installed wind turbines that have enabled it to run on up to 90 per cent renewable energy."

Green State Development 

The VI through the leadership of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), has embarked on a new 2020 drive for the territory to focus on its green state development which includes moving away from fossil fuels and developing a more environmentally friendly economy.

Further, in its raving review of destination VI, the Times stated that in summer 2020, the Bitter End Yacht Club will open a new marina using recycled materials and a market to provision boat crews; accommodations are scheduled to follow in the fall.

With plenty to see and do, the publication noted that "Cooper Island Beach Club on Cooper Island, a 15-minute water taxi ride from Tortola, plans to offer packages combining island stays with emissions-free sailing trips aboard a new electric-powered yacht from Voyage Charters."

8 Responses to “NY Times lists VI as #2 travel destination for 2020”

  • big money (11/01/2020, 12:37) Like (2) Dislike (32) Reply
    Bribe. Hmmm. With no direct flight from a major destination... I wonder if some of these publications get bribe into saying these things... Money make strange things happen...
  • Hodgie (11/01/2020, 17:51) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    Being touring most of the other Caribbean Islands. Although I love my BVI. I simply can't agree with this post.
    • windon@hodgie (11/01/2020, 20:28) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      I will agree that when we travel that we make comparison with other destinations.
      You can see as much as you can BUT it all come down to numbers. I believe that this organisation {CEOWORLD} has the resources to track these rich tourists vacation destinations.
      If you get the numbers ,do your own analysis and then you may {or may not] say ' I simply can't agree'.
  • Charley Rose (12/01/2020, 01:40) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    I often wonder if these bloggers realise that the territory is in competition with other destination for the tourists. As Virgin Islanders, when we post negative opinion on the news site we are doing more hare than good to the territory. As a resident I honestly thinks if we want to score political points, we should not use the good name of the Virgin Islands to do so. After all if the country is successful with tourism we will obtain tremendous revenue. Where is our patriotism. This is our home and we MUST ensure that we protect name of the territory,


    Tourism is one of the industries that employ about half of the population and many businesses benefit from it. If we do not get our tourists to visit the BVI, there will be a domino effect. No employment, no supermarket business, no car rental business, no apartment rental, and the list goes on. So whenever we want to blog let us be mindful of our comments.
  • @ big money (12/01/2020, 08:55) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    I am saying the same thing, because of all these lying publications the government and people in authority not doing anything to improve the place.
    Please tourist board stop it because we can see it’s not becoming.
  • Tourism Man (12/01/2020, 09:02) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    People in this country have to realize how ratings work. 75% of our product is about the following:
    1) Variety of things to do
    2) Excellent customer service
    3) Friendly local people
    4) Low crime rate
    5)Competent and knowledgeable Hospitality Professionals
    6) Unique BVI Cuisine - ie Lobster Festival

    25% of the product is about the natural infrastructure, quality of hotel rooms, the quality of tourism attractions ect, and great food.

    At the end of the day its all about great customer service ,friendly local people , lots of things to do and no crimes. We have to improve quickly on how get Tourist to the BVI. It is matter of urgency.



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