USVIHTA Update | August 2019
Greetings Members

Thank you for joining us for our Membership Mixer on Aug. 22! We had a great time networking with members at St. John Brewers Tap Room! Click here for photos from the meeting.

And don't forget to check below for more great photos from the 26th Annual Destination Symposium!
26 th Annual Destination Symposium
We'd like to thank all of our members for a fun and successful Destination Symposium! We had an excellent time sharing the best of the USVI and look forward to continuing to work alongside our travel partners to promote the territory. After the event, Expedia Group Market Manager Kimberly Saren said, “We had such a great time! I’m really glad that we were able to be a part of this. We met a lot of people that we wouldn’t have without your help!" Click here to view photos from the 2019 Destination Symposium, and here to view the schedule of events.
Virgin Islander Heroes Honored by Carnival Cruise Line, WICO and Local Officials
Virgin Islander heroes Kashief Hamilton and Randolph Donovan, Jr. were honored this week by Carnival Cruise Line, The West Indian Company Limited (WICO) and local officials for rescuing a wheelchair-bound cruise passenger who accidentally fell off the WICO dock on St. Thomas last week. The two men were acknowledged in a ceremony on board Carnival Fascination, the ship which carried the rescued passenger. Read more .
VIPA Demolishing Derelict Building in Crown Bay
The Virgin Islands Port Authority is demolishing the former “Kline Building” located adjacent to Crown Bay Center, St. Thomas. This is the first of a series of demolitions planned for several derelict buildings owned by VIPA in the Crown Bay District. The removal of the unsightly structures is in line with VIPA’s vision to revitalize the district for residents and visitors’ enjoyment. The demolition is being performed by Cross Island Builders (selected via a competitive bidding process) at a cost of $247,489.20, and should be completed by the end of this week. VIPA is in the process of acquiring permits to demolish its other dilapidated and hurricane-damaged properties territory-wide.
Reinvented Vacation Villas Now Open as The Hills, Saint John
A new management group has recently completed extensive renovations and upgrades to the former hurricane damaged Sirenusa property. The 22-villa destination has been elevated to new levels of sophisticated Caribbean charm and has rebranded as The Hills, Saint John. “The Hills is pleased to add to the increasingly robust room inventory for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our multi family villas and the wide array of highly recommended restaurants and attractions on St. John make for the ultimate island getaway,” said Villa Association President David Adams. “We are looking forward to a very active season for The Hills and the people of St. John.” Read more .
Register to Sponsor the 2019 Paradise Jam for Valuable Exposure!
Paradise Jam is back with an incredible lineup of NCAA teams! We hope members will consider sponsoring this event during its milestone 20th anniversary. Each year, Paradise Jam brings valuable tourism dollars and national exposure to the USVI, and we don't want our members to miss out on an opportunity to be a part of this esteemed event! Click here to read more about sponsorship.
Bryan Williams’ Shared Tip from Talent Plus: 14 Signs of a Great Manager
Managers have a lasting effect on teams they lead. The right manager perfectly balances their own talents with the talents of the people they manage. But how do you find a good manager? Read more .
Save the Date
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Lisa Hamilton 
USVIHTA President 
340-774-6835