Category: British Virgin Islands News

Curacao, Jamaica The Biggest Winners In The No-Storms Sweepstakes This Tourism Season … Cruises Diverted There

WILLEMSTAD — Hurricanes Irma and Maria have seen the Caribbean revise its projected tourism growth down to just one to two percent for 2017. The Caribbean Tourism Organization revealed latest figures at the World Tourism Market (WTM) that showed tourism to the region grew by 5.2 percent year-on-year in the six months to June 2017, […]

STUDY: Coastal Areas In The Caribbean And Latin America Particularly Vulnerable To Natural Disasters

SANTA CRUZ — The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season provided ample demonstrations of the vulnerability of populations and infrastructure in coastal areas to natural disasters. A new study by scientists at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Cantabria, Spain, identifies hotspots of coastal risks throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Published November […]

Friends And Family Remember St. John Boat Captain Richard Benson As A ‘Great Man’ … Lost In Hurricane Irma

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — Friends and family of longtime St. John charter captain Richard Benson are mourning his death after his body was found in the British Virgin Islands. Linda Worthington, Benson’s ex-wife, said in an email from her home in Belize that “there has been an outpouring of compassion and love from so […]

St. Thomas Man Could Get 10 Years In Prison For Leading Illegal Indians Through The BVI To The Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE  — A St. Thomas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling illegal aliens into the territory for profit, according to federal authorities. Steven Lewis, 57, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to one count of aiding and abetting the harboring of illegal aliens, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said. According to the […]

Virgin Islands Research Scientist Praised For Her Work By National Science Publication

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery, has named Virgin Islands native and research scientist Elenoe “Crew” Smith as one of its “2017 STAT Wunderkinds.” “The Landers, Doudnas, and Bradners of the world grab plenty of headlines. So we set […]

Billionaire Richard Branson Says Region Needs A Marshall Plan To Rebuild After Hurricanes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A plan by British billionaire Richard Branson to lead a post-hurricane rebuilding effort in the Caribbean, with a focus on clean energy projects, may include debt relief negotiations mediated by the International Monetary Fund. Branson is spearheading a plan to help nations in the region recover after Hurricanes Irma and […]

Caribbean Is Open For Business At The FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show In Mexico

MÉRIDA, Mexico — The nearly 1,000 attendees and 100 cruise executives gathering at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise tourism conference and trade show, have a clear message—the Caribbean is open! With many of the attendees hailing from the over one million square miles throughout the Caribbean, they seek to remind the decision-making cruise executives that […]

‘Wrong-Way’ Tropical Disturbance Has Only A 40 Percent Chance To Affect Our Region In The Next Five Days, NHC Says

MIAMI — A weather disturbance in the western Caribbean that has the potential to develop is another sign that hurricane season has not yet ended. The disturbance is expected to become a broad area of low pressure that may develop into a tropical cyclone during the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said today. The system […]

Country-Western Star Kenny Chesney Gets A Little Help From His Friends … For The Benefit Of St. John And Tortola

HOME AT LAST: John McInnis and Kenny Chesney’s boat captain, Ben, head to Jost Van Dyke, an island in the British Virgin Islands. McInnis is president of the Kenny Chesney Love for Love City Foundation, an organization set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to help get aid here. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — […]

Powerful Hurricane Maria Forecast To Pass Within 10 Miles Of St. Croix Early Wednesday Morning As A Category 4 Storm

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — A hurricane watch was issued for the territory on Sunday as Maria left residents of Irma-battered St. Thomas and St. John racing to prepare for yet another potentially powerful storm — but people in St. Croix know that THIS storm — is headed here. Maria was about 100 miles east of Martinique […]