The Moorings plans a 2022 trip to the British Virgin Islands

Following the easing of pandemic restrictions and pre-cleanup after Hurricane Irma, yacht charter specialist Moorings is successful in attracting new travelers to the British Virgin Islands.

By giving you the freedom to fully explore the archipelago of around 60 islands and cays – the four main ones (Tortola, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda) each offering a different feel – there aren’t many ways immersing yourself in the natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle of the British Virgin Islands more appealing than by chartering a yacht.

By chartering a yacht with or without a crew from The Moorings’ fleet of classic catamarans and monohulls, you can navigate your way between the tightly clustered islands that make up this archipelago, stopping to snorkel with the marine life that traverses these turquoise waters. and swim or take a dinghy to the legendary beach bars and areas of natural beauty that distinguish each island. Climb into the marine pools formed by granite boulders at the Virgin Gorda Baths and try the famous Painkiller cocktail at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke.

The Moorings has been chartering yachts in the British Virgin Islands since 1969. Since then the company has grown into one of the world’s leading yacht charter operations. Before Hurricane Irma, the operation had 480 yachts here, 189 of which were lost due to the natural disaster. While devoting its efforts to the post-hurricane cleanup, The Moorings became the first of its kind to get back on its feet, and in 12 weeks again chartered boats to people who came to support the local economy and help . with the cleaning of certain areas.

More visitors started returning in late 2019 and early 2020, and once pandemic travel restrictions were lifted, travelers started returning in greater numbers again this year, especially with the removal of local curfews for fall and winter travel. Now with the influx of new tourist offers and this combined dynamic, 2022 promises to be positive for the region.

“I predict it’s going to be strong and I think a lot of confidence has been instilled by what we’ve seen over the past couple of months, especially with the optimism of American travelers – the people who have saved up for this trip want to to do it now, ”says Oliver Kinchin, Head of Client Operations for The Moorings. “We are seeing returning travelers coming back and we are also seeing new business. I see 2022, if COVID restrictions don’t come back in place, as close to tourism numbers as we had before Irma. We’re going to be operating a slightly reduced fleet of 310 boats, but a whole new and much busier fleet.

Today, the company is focused on finalizing the development of its Tortola resort, the Marina Yacht Club Hotel, where visitors can stay before and after their stay on the water.

“We are investing a lot in the seaside resort, as well as in the marina,” explains Kinch. “The hotel is in the process of being completely renovated and we have a new complex manager who has joined us. We are redeveloping our two restaurants, the Marina Yacht Club and Charlie’s, and we will soon have more facilities including a new sales loft. On the marina side, we are renovating and redeveloping the damaged area. Within the complex we have another cafe and gallery and we are also planning a spa as well as other developments including concierge service.

In addition to this, the operator is investing in sustainability, looking at areas where the company can be more efficient in its operation and reviewing the design of its boats, and the company is working closely with the local college. to provide opportunities in industry and simultaneously support the local economy.

Why go to BVI now? “Not only do you have the beauty of the islands, but the atmosphere has returned as well. When it was quieter people enjoyed that tranquility of having all the space in the world, which you can still get now, but now for those who want more atmosphere from beach bars and restaurants, they can have it too. Legendary sites like Soggy Dollar and Saba Rock have reopened and more, like Bitter End, are on the horizon.

“There are a lot of investments in the islands and they are still as beautiful as they always have been. It’s a good time right now and we are very confident that this is a new chapter for the company and for the British Virgin Islands.

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