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VIDEO: MarineMax Vacations makes progress toward winter BVI reopening

MarineMax Vacations in the British Virgin Islands has prepared its fleet and restored base operations to resume charter deliveries in December.

Additionally, progress throughout the islands is strong through the resilience, hard work and determination of island residents and business owners. The goal is to be operational during the winter season and welcome tourists back to the islands.

Starting today, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, an Autograph Collection hotel, becomes the home base for MarineMax Vacations. The private island resort will serve as the hub of charter activity for MarineMax Vacations guests, offering a limited resort experience before they embark on a charter vacation.

“We are very excited to be able to host our guests from Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina for the 2017-2018 season,” MarineMax regional president Dave Bigge said in a statement. “This well-known destination is another component of our commitment to providing excellent vacation experiences in the islands with an award-winning private island retreat.”

MarineMax Vacations is donating 10 percent of all new charter booking fees to the BVI Relief effort. This donation offer is available for new charter vacation reservations for travel between Dec. 1 and March 1 aboard its charter fleet in the BVI.

Funds raised will be used to rebuild the territory and assist island residents and business owners in the restoration of their homes and livelihoods.

“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,” MarineMax president and COO Brett McGill said.

The BVI is home to some of the world’s premier travel destinations. The Baths at Virgin Gorda, the RMS Rhone National Marine Park, The Indians — these are some of the top Caribbean hot spots and remain as gorgeous as ever, surrounded by beautiful crystal waters and underwater sea life.

Popular island watering holes are undergoing restoration as the island shores are preparing to welcome guests this season with island vibes and cold beverages that the BVIs are known for.

“We are dedicated to supporting the rejuvenation and economy of the British Virgin Islands and those that live there,” Bigge said. “We are all ‘United by Water’ — our team, our guests, the islands are an extension of the MarineMax family and the boating passion.”

Video updates about the BVI can be found on the MarineMax Vacations Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Here’s a video of MarineMax CEO Bill McGill talking about the area.



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