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Wednesday,  June 12, 2024 11:41 PM 

USVI welcoming travellers, says commissioner

USVI welcoming travellers, says commissioner
JetBlue Airways' Jack Massey and Dylan Kleopfer; Virgin Islands Port Authority Executive Director David Mapp; Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty and JetBlue's Eric Tanner

The U.S. Virgin Islands are open for business and ready for visitors, according to Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty in her latest series of presentations.

Addressing a broad range of consumers and industry stakeholders over the past week in Atlanta, Chicago and New York, Commissioner Nicholson-Doty thanked partners for their support of the U.S. Virgin Islands during the ongoing recovery process.

While in Atlanta, Commissioner Nicholson-Doty participated in a live on-air segment with Lynda Kinkade on CNN International's CNN Newsroom, where she gave a comprehensive update on the U.S. Virgin Islands' recovery.

"We have several hotels that have reopened ... our yachting industry is absolutely glorious and we have wonderful villas. However, it is a journey ... we will have more hotels opening at the end of the year and as we look towards the future we really feel that we're going to have an even better tourism product," the Commissioner said.

The Commissioner and Executive Director held similar talks with JetBlue Airways in New York and attended an airline training program in the city.

"As we bounce back, it's critically important that we update our partners on the significant progress we are making, while taking the necessary steps to ensure that flights return as more accommodations become available," she said.

"Power has been restored across the territory, our beaches and attractions have reopened, cruise lines and airlines have returned and a wide variety of accommodations are available even as our rebuilding and resiliency work continues," she reported.