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MarineMax to promote BVI tourism at Miami Boat Show

MarineMax Vacations will increase its presence at the Miami International Boat Show to let attendees know the BVI are ready to welcome tourists post-Hurricane Irma.

MarineMax Vacations will increase its presence at the Miami International Boat Show to let attendees know the BVI are ready to welcome tourists post-Hurricane Irma.

MarineMax Vacations, which operates a charter company in the British Virgin Islands, is stepping up its display at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show so vacationers can see that the islands are open and ready to accept tourists.

The MarineMax Vacations team will be at the show Feb. 15-19 on Virginia Key to answer questions about yacht charters in the BVIs.

“Paradise exists in moments and in connections — the peacefulness of the extraordinary,” said MarineMax Vacations vice president Raul Bermudez in a statement. “The BVI is, and always will be, paradise with her beautiful water, underwater sea life, sunsets, and water sports that are still to be enjoyed with family and friends.”

Added spokeswoman Sarah Yasi in an email, “MarineMax Vacations has made an appearance at the Miami Boat Show in the past, however we are increasing our presence in an effort to raise more awareness of the vacation charter experience in the BVI.”

Guests at the show will be able to step aboard a private version of the MarineMax 443 (an Aquila 44), a MarineMax 484 (an Aquila 48), and the all-new MarineMax 362 (an Aquila 36).

In 2017, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands was significant. The islands are now in restoration mode evident through daily advances as they welcome visitors in this new year.

As home to some of the world's premier paradise destinations like The Baths at Virgin Gorda, the RMS Rhone National Marine Park, and The Indians, these Caribbean hotspots remain as beautiful as ever.

Island watering holes are undergoing restoration as the island shores are welcoming visitors from around the world

To give back to the islands that have been home to the MarineMax Vacations base for so many years, 10 percent of new charter booking fees will be donated to the rejuvenation efforts for charters that are booked before March 1.

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

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