The island’s tourist board has confirmed that many hotels will remain closed but updates will be shared after more extensive assessments have been made in the coming weeks.
Communications and works minister Mark Vanterpool said: “Through the BVI Ports Authority, we are on a fast track towards the restoration of Tortola Pier Park’s cruise and shopping facility with a targeted date of reopening at least 50% of retail and food and beverage stores by 1 November 2017.”
Nearby Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas re-opened last Thursday and BVI ferry companies have resumed operations between the islands allowing islanders, residents and work permit holders to return to the country.
Several yacht charter operators have also announced that they will be back in Tortola for the winter season.
BVIs tourism director Sharon Flaz-Brutus also went on to add: “We truly appreciate the support and assistance from around the world during this difficult time. Despite the damage that the territory faces as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the people of the BVI are resilient and fully committed to working side by side in rebuilding a stronger, beautiful territory for everyone.