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The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board hosts successful annual UK Road Show 2013

On Wednesday 2nd October, the Soho Hotel in London’s West End was the setting for the second night of the British Virgin Islands 2013 Luxury UK Road Show. Russell Harrigan, Chairman of Tourism, Sharon Flax-Mars, Director of Tourism and a host of representatives from some of the BVIs much loved hotels and resorts were delighted to be in attendance along with Ginny Hawksley, Lorna Burgess and Myrvina Jeria from the BVI Tourist Board’s London office.

The 2013 Road Show is the British Virgin Island’s largest annual event and one they intend to grow year on year. As well as London, the team also visited Chester and Winchester on their whirlwind tour and met with around 200 tour operators and agents in total.

The team not only used the event to pass on their thanks to all the tour operators and agents who work so hard to promote and sell the BVI but they also used the event as a platform to update their guests on the latest tourist board initiatives which this year include the much anticipated inaugural Lobster Festival, 30th November & 1st December 2013 and news that the BVI Restaurant Week will return for a second year, from 22nd November – 1st December 2013.

Guests were also privy to some of the latest news and developments from properties across the destination delivered in engaging presentations from Mary Jo Ryan, Bitter End Yacht Club, Denise Green, Biras Creek Resort & Oil Nut Bay; Andrea Millar & Domingo Velasco, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Colin Tegler, Long Bay Beach Club], Hannah Garske, Guana Island, Wilbert Mason, Peter Island Resort and Spa; Scott Ward & Heather Roose, Scrub Island Resort and Spa and Olivia Chetham, Necker Island.

The Chester Grosvenor, SoHo Hotel, London and Lainston House Hotel, Winchester were chosen as the venues to host the 2013 Road Show with guests being treated to delicious canapés and refreshments in abundance at each – the perfect tonic for a productive evening of networking. 

To show their sincere thanks to their highly valued trade partners and all their hard work and efforts over the last 12 months, Russell Harrigan and Ginny Hawksley were delighted to surprise tour operators and agents at each of the three venues with awards for ‘Outstanding Support, 2013’ with the winners receiving beautifully hand crafted trophies all the way from the GreenVI Glass Studio, Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Winners included ITC Classics, Caribtours, Cream Travel, Turquoise Holidays, Carrier, International Yacht Connections and Travelabout.

As a further thank you, attendees were all entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a selection of fantastic trips to the British Virgin Islands. Winners included Carolyn Lodge, Carolyn Lodge Travel who won 3 nights at Scrub Island and 5 nights at Long Bay Beach Club and Karen Parrett, Quality Travel who won 5 nights at Biras Creek and 2 nights at Oil Nut Bay.

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