Premier and Minister for Tourism, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith (right) poses with Destination BVI's Michael J. Phillips, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.
Photo Credit: Gordon French/BVI Platinum News
It is the British Virgin Islands' time to shine in the latest publication released by International Review, a company that has produced numerous editions over the last three decades.
'Destination British Virgin Islands', which provides a panorama with about 600 colour photographs crammed into 160 pages was officially launched at The Moorings this afternoon, November 18.
A copy of the book was presented to Premier and Minister for Tourism, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith from Michael J. Phillips, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.
Premier Smith said that he is very impressed and the name is eye-catching.
"In a situation where the BVI is right now, not quite where we want it to be in terms of tourism; the name of this book 'Destination BVI' suggests that once this is circulated to people around the world, it would be an invitation for them to visit the British Virgin Islands. Once an individual opens the book, the demonstrations that they carry within would surely catch the eye of would be visitors," Premier Smith stated.
The Premier said that due to the publication of the book, the Territory should see an increase to destination BVI.
Phillips told a gathering that many of the photographs are specially commissioned and includes spectacular original aerial shots taken with the Phase One Professional digital camera.
He said that each of the main islands, Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke has its own section, with stunning new photographs of their landscapes and sea vistas, historic buildings, monuments, cultural attractions and several famous local figures.
"A complete section is devoted to the world-famous Baths national park, with individual pages on the national beauty and heritage of sister islands such as Peter island, Eustatia, Guana Island and Mosquito Island," Phillips stated.
He added that additional sections spotlight the BVI's prosperous and diverse financial sector in Road Town, in addition to historic information and the tourism sector which is driven by the Territory's status as sailing capital of the world.
Other features include water-based activities, sports, real estate, healthcare, education and cuisine.
The new edition is available in its entirety at www.internationalreview.com and is on sale at local bookshops, supermarkets and other tourist-related centres.