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The State of US Virgin Islands Hotels, After Irma

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - September 8, 2017

After the destruction of Irma, relief efforts are underway and assessments continue.

And what about the fundament of the island’s economy, its hotels?

According to initial evalutations, damage ranged from power outages at properties like Caneel Bay to significant property damage at Sugar Bay.

Here is the full initial report on the islands’ hotels released by the USVI Tourism Commission.

St. Croix

The Buccaneer: Open for business. Facilities are in good shape, but there may be some limitation of services over the next few days.

St. John

Caneel Bay: Complete power outage at the resort.

Westin St. John Resort Villas: All associates, owners and guests are safe. The resort and the surrounding areas experienced some damage and overall impact is being assessed.

St. Thomas

Bluebeard’s Castle Resort: Everyone who was onsite is safe. The property has sustained major damage, which is currently being assessed.

Point Pleasant Resort: Everyone at the resort is safe, but without power and cell phone service. The team is currently assessing damage, and will share new information when available.

Secret Harbour Beach Resort: All guests and staff are safe. There is no major structural damage to the buildings. The generator is still working.

Sugar Bay Resort & Spa: Sustained significant property damage. Guests and staff are safe and well. Hotel will close through December 31, 2017.

Windward Passage: Will close for six months.

“The Department of Tourism’s team members are doing our best to communicate with accommodation providers and tourism partners for a full assessment of properties,” the Commissioner said.

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