British Virgin Islands Tourist Board signs up to ‘Pack for a Purpose’


Tortola, British Virgin Islands, April 30, 2014 – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) Tourist Board is proud to announce its inclusion in ‘Pack for a Purpose’.  Through the programme, visitors may bring much needed items such as, school and artistic supplies, books, games, and toys that may be donated to BVI schools, community projects and charities.

Pack for a Purpose combines volunteer tourism with humanitarian outreach that is tailored to suit the needs that have been specified by our local participating organisations. The programme provides a wonderful opportunity for our visitors who may wish to make a contribution to the destination through an experience that is both meaningful and impactful,” said Sharon Flax-Mars, Director of Tourism.

Scrub Island Resort & Spa and Guana Island are already on board with Cooper Island Beach Club, Peter Island Spa & Resort and Necker Island joining the initiative shortly.

Scrub Island’s choice of cause is The BVI Autism Centre, which is dedicated to supporting families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The BVI Autism Centre requests materials such as books, toys, and art supplies. 

Guana Island is supporting the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), a project set up on Tortola to provide youths with the opportunity to engage in activities, which allow for positive outcomes. YEP requests include encyclopaedias and alphabet flash cards.

“We passionately believe that BVI businesses should give back to the community. Our guests fall in love with our islands and our people.  Returning guests often ask us for ways they can contribute.  Pack for a Purpose ticks both boxes for our hotels to give back and our visitors to feel included.  For very little effort, Pack for a Purpose can make a huge impact to the BVI and the BVI Tourist Board is delighted to be able to support such a simple, yet greatly effective initiative,” said Ginny Hawksley, Manager UK and Europe, BVI Tourist Board.

For a full list of the project’s requirements, please visit the British Virgin Islands section on the ‘Pack For A Purpose’ website

About the British Virgin Islands

An archipelago comprised of 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are located approximately 50 miles east of Puerto Rico, in the northwestern region of the Caribbean Sea. The main islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. Road Town, located on Tortola, is the British Virgin Islands’ capital.

Renowned as one of the world’s premier sailing destinations, the BVI’s dynamic and vast topography provides a unique opportunity to “island hop” with ease — with each island characterized by its own cultural and natural wonders. Among these attractions are The Baths on Virgin Gorda, Anegada’s Flamingo Pond, and Tortola’s Sage Mountain. Destination highlights also include world-class yachting, snorkeling, hiking, sustainable tourism and, for diving enthusiasts, the Caribbean’s most stunning wreck dives, such as the RMS Rhone.

A pristine and romantic island paradise evoking a bygone era, the British Virgin Islands are nonetheless easily accessible for U.S. travelers flying into Tortola/Beef Island’s Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) via frequent connecting service from nearby Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts or St. Maarten/St. Martin. Visitors traveling to the BVI from St. Thomas can also travel via ferry. Despite its status as a United Kingdom territory, the BVI conveniently uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency.

For more information on all that the British Virgin Islands have to offer, visit the official BVI Tourist Board website or contact 1-800-835-8530.

About Pack for a Purpose

Our mission is to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit. There is need everywhere in the world; however, it is sometimes difficult to identify specific needs in places far from home. We believe people fortunate enough to travel to other countries often wish they could make meaningful contributions to help meet the needs of the places they visit. Such contributions are one way of expressing appreciation for the experiences and hospitality they enjoyed in other lands.

Our goal is to assist travelers who want to say thank you in this manner or who simply want to expand their generosity beyond their own communities. The supply lists for destinations on our website are provided directly by the local community-based projects which receive and use the supplies, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and to bring items which meet the needs of those who will be using them.