The cruise port on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands is on course to partially re-open on November 1 following the Caribbean territory being devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
But the majority of the hotels remain closed and will share updates after more extensive assessments in the coming weeks, according to the island’s tourist board.
Nearby Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas re-opened last Thursday and BVI ferry companies have resumed operations between the islands allowing islanders, residents and work permit holders to return to the country.
Several yacht charter operators have announced that they will be back in operation for the winter season.
Communications and works minister Mark Vanterpool said: “Through the BVI Ports Authority, we are on a fast track towards the restoration of Tortola Pier Park’s cruise and shopping facility with a targeted date of reopening at least 50% of retail and food and beverage stores by 1 November 2017.”
Tortola Pier Park was recently named the 2017 Port of the Year by Seatrade Cruise Global. The BVI Tourist Board confirmed the return of the annual Anegada Lobster Festival in November.
BVIs tourism director Sharon Flaz-Brutus said: “We truly appreciate the support and assistance from around the world during this difficult time.
“Despite the damage that the territory faces as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the people of the BVI are resilient and fully committed to working side by side in rebuilding a stronger, beautiful territory for everyone.
“Continue to keep us in your prayers as we focus on the recovery of the BVI in the months ahead. We are ONE BVI.”
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