Press Release

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development
BVI Tourist Board
Release Date:
Monday, 8 April 2024 - 9:25am


The excitement is building as the 70th Virgin Islands Festival approaches. BVI residents have enthusiastically participated by submitting 70 creative slogans to commemorate this landmark celebration. The festival, organised by the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and Film Commission (BVITBFC), invites the public to play an integral role in choosing the festival’s slogan.

Director of Tourism Clive McCoy expressed his delight at the overwhelming response from the community. He said, “The slogans submitted showcase the immense creativity and talent within the BVI. I believe it is an indication of the public’s enthusiasm for participating in this year’s celebration.”

A total of 70 slogans were submitted to the BVITBFC by the deadline of 15th March. Following this, a panel of team members from the BVI Tourist Board meticulously reviewed the entries and selected the eight finalists. On Monday, 8th April the top eight slogans will be revealed to the public via the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Facebook Page. From there, everyone will get a chance to vote for their top 3 slogan choices until Friday, 12th April. The top three picks will be announced on Monday, 15th April. Residents will then vote for their choice of the top slogan, with voting closing on Friday, 19th April. The winning slogan will be unveiled on Friday, 26th April.

The tradition of public competitions for selecting slogans and themes for the BVI Emancipation Festival started in the early 1980s as a means of engaging community-wide participation in this aspect of the festival. This year is not only the 70th BVI Emancipation Festival but also the 190th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Virgin Islands, so a grand celebration is in store.

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About the British Virgin Islands

Known as a treasured destination rich in undiscovered experiences, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is an alluring archipelago comprising 60 islands and cays located in the northeastern region of the Caribbean Sea. With plentiful private villas and luxury boutique resorts, there is no shortage of accommodations from which to choose, whether for leisure or MICE (meetings, events, and incentives) travel. The BVI has long been hailed as the sailing capital of the world for its line-of-sight sailing, myriad boat charter options (bareboat, crewed, powered, traditional hoisted sail), and an array of experiences catering especially to yachties. The BVI is continually recognized with accolades including “Top Islands in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2020, placing #2 on The New York Times' coveted "52 Places to Go in 2020” list and ranking "#1 Best Place to Visit in the Caribbean" by U.S. News & World Report in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and #2 for 2021- 2022. For more information on how to experience BVILOVE, visit the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission website at or contact 1-800-835-8530.


Keith Dawson

Public Relations Manager
BVI Tourist Board
Tel: 284 440-8281