MarineMax plans donation to help rebuild British Virgin Islands

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MarineMax said it will donate a portion of new charter booking fees to help the rebuilding of the British Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The destruction Irma caused in the British Virgin Islands was significant and although the islands are in strong restoration mode evident through daily advances, there continues to be a lot of work ahead as they prepare to welcome visitors this upcoming charter season.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to make this commitment to the residents and businesses of the British Virgin Islands,” MarineMax president and COO Brett McGill said in a statement. “Tourism is an integral part of the economy of the islands and we are proud to be aiding in the restoration.”

Funds raised through the effort will go toward rebuilding the territory and assisting the islands’ residents and business owners in the restoration of their homes and livelihoods.

“The British Virgin Islands are, and always will be, paradise and home to some of the world’s premier travel destinations,” MarineMax Vacations vice president Raul Bermudez said. “The Baths at Virgin Gorda, the RMS Rhone National Marine Park, The Indians — these are some the top Caribbean hot spots and remain as gorgeous as ever, surrounded by the beautiful crystal waters and underwater sea life we envision of the islands. Favorite island watering holes are undergoing restoration as the island shores are preparing to welcome guests this season overflowing with island vibes and cold beverages that the BVI are known for, including White Bay, home of the popular Pain Killer signature beverage.”

“Donating 10 percent of new reservations for travel beginning in December through March 1, 2018, feels like the right step to support the rejuvenation and economy of the British Virgin Islands and those that live there,” MarineMax regional president Dave Bigge said. “We are all united by water, and our dedicated support of our team, the islands, and our guests are an extension of the MarineMax family and boating passion.”