The 2018 Miami Open is in full swing, bringing with it a lineup of tennis greats and giveback opportunities.
More than 300,000 are heading to Florida’s Key Biscayne now through April 1st for the Grand Slam, which also has the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board (BVI) as this year’s exclusive Caribbean sponsor. The court will see the return of tennis royalty, a.k.a. 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and other iconic players such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. And while they are certainly the talk of the town, there’s also much ado about BVI’s big Miami Open giveback.
Along with the opportunity to win a trip to the barefoot chic destination, sips of BVI’s signature “painkiller” cocktail, and free rides to local neighborhoods including Miami Beach and Wynwood, tennis fans can test their skills in the speed serve cage, where all ($5) proceeds go toward hurricane relief through the BVI Recovery Fund.
BVI has recovered nicely from last summer’s terrible two: hurricanes Irma and Maria. Groups meeting here this year can expect to experience the pristine beaches and picturesque blue waters that they’ve come to know and love, with attractions like the Baths on Virgin Gorda, caves on Norman Island and beloved pink flamingos on the shores of Anegada sprinkled in between.
The Miami Open is widely regarded as the most glamorous tournament on the calendars of the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association because of its Miami location that is brimming with diverse nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, and beautiful weather and beaches. This year, it’s being played at Miami’s Crandon Park Tennis Center, a 13,800-seat venue that is sure to hold more than a few meetings and incentives groups that are looking to get in on the action.