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Halt of Cruise Travel to the USVI Has Been Devastating to Port Authority, WICO Finances

Maxiene K. Cabo | October 20, 2020

Until recently, cruises were the fastest growing sector of the travel industry, according to a Cruise Lines International Association report, published Dec. 2019.  Before Covid-19, cruise travel was a major revenue source for the U.S. Virgin Islands, helping sustain a struggling economy and providing a multitude of jobs down the food chain. But the coronavirus-induced shutdown has weighed heavily on the V.I. Port Authority's and the West Indian Company's bottom line. During a Friday hearing, Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe said V.I.P.A. had lost $12 million as a result of the halt of cruise travel since March. "It has been a struggle," Mr. Dowe told the Consortium during a Monday interview. "We've had to really streamline what we have been doing unless it was essential, like police and fire, and we really tried to eliminate…

WICO Gearing Up to Reopen Port to Cruise Ships as…

Maxiene K. Cabo | October 16, 2020

USVI residents, especially those in St. Thomas, may soon see cruise ships at ports of call again, as…

White House Blocks CDC's Attempt to Extend No-Sail…

Ernice Gilbert | October 01, 2020

Cruise ships will be free to set sail again early November if they so choose, following a White House…

Covid-19 Pandemic Forces Paradise Jam Tournament Out…

Staff Consortium | September 21, 2020

The 2020 USVI Paradise Jam basketball tournament in St. Thomas will be relocated due to the COVID-19…

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