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US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism appoints Joe Boschulte

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Nov. 15, 2018)—The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is deepening its working relations with the cruise industry by appointing an industry specialist to bolster the work of the Ports of the Virgin Islands, an alliance between the Virgin Islands Port Authority, The West Indian Company Limited and the Department of Tourism.

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St. Thomas takes top spot

ST. THOMAS (Oct. 25, 2018)—St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been ranked the No. 1 Caribbean destination on Airbnb, with a 600 percent increase in bookings over last year.

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Anse Chastanet and Scuba St. Lucia train Caribbean dive instructors

Top Caribbean resort Anse Chastanet has partnered with its in-house operation Scuba St. Lucia to provide Professional Association of Diving Instructors instructor training to students from St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbados.

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UVI receives National Science Foundation grant

The partner institutions involved in the execution of the grant are the University of the Virgin Islands, North Carolina A&T State University, Fielding Graduate University and the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

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Hotelier hails Naomi Osaka’s Haitian heritage

Le Plaza Hotel’s general manager, Marc Pierre-Louis, hails Naomi Osaka’s stunning victory at the U.S. Open as “an achievement of which all Haitians should be incredibly proud.”

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CHTA engages on recovery plans at Clinton Global Initiative

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association was out in full force recently for the second formal meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.

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U.S. V I student tops FCCA competition

Tyrone Lake of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the winner of the Junior Division of the 2018 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition.

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New GM for St. Lucia hotel

Experienced Caribbean hotelier Daryl Aaron has been appointed general manager of the newly opened Bay Gardens Marina Haven hotel in St. Lucia.

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USVI Road March champs to perform at NABJ

U.S. Virgin Islands’ Carnival Road March winners Spectrum Band has been confirmed as the official house band for the upcoming National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair to be held in Detroit, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, 2018.

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Impact of Britain’s air taxes should guide Caribbean

BARBADOS (July 5, 2018)—The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association strongly urged governments in the region to consider carefully the impact of leveling high air travel-related taxes and fees on travel demand as they wrestle with balancing budgets.

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