One of our founding members, Oriel Blake, is the Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) and along with pushing MRF forward she also pulled together a great Charter Boat Show this past week. This is THE show of the year for our term charter industry in the USVI and surrounding islands. The primary reason for the show is to connect luxury sailing yachts (term charter boats) who rent out for a week at a time with their global network of travel agents (charter brokers) who book this type of vacation. The show this year also served as a time to update and educate both yacht crew and charter brokers about the various rebuild efforts & current status of our island infrastructure and tourism offerings.
Photo credit: Phil Blake
The show was a success in both high attendance of yachts & travel agents and information gathered and transmitted to the captive audience. Guest speakers ranged from VI senators to charter industry leaders and representatives from a number of relief projects looking for support from the boating industry.
A favorite day of the boat show for many charter brokers & yacht crew was spent sweating it out elbow to elbow with volunteers from My Brother’s Workshop to assemble various projects including a few picnic tables that will be installed in a number of MBW’s rebuild areas.
Together we will rebuild.