Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2022

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B M & T ••• May/June 2022 ••• 50 AREA GUIDES B V I MEETING PLANNERS WILL BE AMAZED AT WHAT THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS CAN OFFER THEIR GROUPS BY DON LITTLETON The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other smaller islands and cays. About 15 of the islands are inhabited. The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 12 miles long and 3 miles wide. The islands have a population of about 28,000, of whom approximately 23,500 live on Tortola. Whether you're planning a meeting, business reward or other corporate event, the British Virgin Islands offers a get-away experience that few other desti- nations can. This destination takes the work out of planning, providing you with an array of fully equipped meeting ven- ues, amenities and exceptional staff, along with stunning scenery and abun- dance of recreational activities. It is safe to say that no other destina- tion in the Caribbean offers the diversity and quality of the British Virgin Islands. The accommodations and meeting ven- ues are world-class and the people are helpful and friendly. The scenery is never ending and breathtaking. The recreational opportunities on the water and on the land are virtually endless. Together, the secrets of the British Virgin Islands will offer you and your guests an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. The BVI offers a wide range of places to stay across all of the islands. Whatever you have in mind, the British Virgin Islands has a place to make your Caribbean dreams come true. Accommodation type ranges from resorts, hotels, apartments, cottages and villas, or if wish to get away from it all you can also stay on a private island. For the active and adventurous, there's an array of exciting things to do within the islands of BVI. Whether you are a traveling businessman or a leisure vacationer the beautiful islands will keep you entertained during your entire stay. The islands have many annual events that attract visitors of all interests. Sailing Regattas to Music Festivals and lots more in between. The BVI has an event for everyone, whether attendees are into music, sailing, culture, sports and more. In the British Virgin Islands, beaches are carved in all shapes and sizes. From the surf-worthy waves of Apple Bay, to the pristine white sands that blanket Elizabeth Beach, to the boater's paradise, Deadman's Bay, every beach has its spe- cial own magic to offer. With endless skies and inviting water, you can plan a different beach adventure every day of your Conference. Browse items from the past, that tell a story of yester years. Gaze at beautiful art from local and Caribbean artists. Stare in awe of the breathtaking landscapes skillfully captured in print. Whether you are looking for a glimpse into The British Virgin Island's rich history or to find the perfect memento to grace your walls back home; the various museums and galleries around the islands have some- thing for you. U.S. citizens travelling by air to the British Virgin Islands must present a passport or other WHTI-compliant docu- mentation to enter or depart from the United States. Visit www.bvitourism- .com for latest Covid-19 protocols. Connecting airports surround the BVI, making arrivals and departures an easy part of your travel itinerary. When travel- ling to the BVI, there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe, or South America to the British Virgin Islands' main airport, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS). All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, or St. Maarten/St. Martin. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? The British Virgin Islands (800) 835-8530 Welcome to the Tropical Landscape of the Brith Virgin Islands Photo Credit: shalamov.

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