USVIHTA Update | December 2019
Greetings Members

We hope you will join us for our Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 15 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at taste at Paradise Point. We will provide additional information soon regarding shuttle services as parking on site is reserved. Your $25 entry fee will go towards purchasing gifts for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Thomas. RSVP with Lisa Hamilton at . The party is graciously sponsored by North South Net, Inc., publishers of our in-room book VISIT, which will be unveiled at the event! Hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and complimentary wine and beer will be available at the party. Cocktails available for purchase.
Boys & Girls Club Holiday Luncheon
Thank you to our members for your contributions to the Boys & Girls Club Annual Holiday Luncheon held at Oswald Harris Court. The children enjoyed a delicious holiday feast courtesy of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort; Emerald Beach Resort; Frenchman’s Reef Resort; Marriott Frenchman’s Cove; The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas; The Westin, St. John; and the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association. Click here for photos .
Eco-Schools Meet with Teachers for Training at USVIHTA Office
On Nov. 20 and 21, teachers met with representatives from Eco-Schools and the National Wildlife Federation for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program Teacher Professional Development Training workshops. The program was adapted for the U.S. Virgin Islands using a version of the NYC Resilience in Schools Curriculum (RiSC). Ten educators from Charlotte Amalie High School, Eudora Kean High School, Gifft Hill School, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix Career and Technology High School and Montessori School were in attendance. Read more .
Bacardi and Micromentor Announce USVI Caribbean Innovation Challenge Winners
A local farm, an award winning film production company and a solar technology company are just some of the 25 small businesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands that will receive financial assistance from Bacardi and MicroMentor as they continue to recover from the 2017 hurricane season. The winners were chosen based on their ability to show how their businesses are innovative, sustainable and viable; and will receive cash prizes of $1,500, $2,500 or $5,000. Read more.
Sponsor the ALL-IN Against Cancer Poker Tournament on Feb. 22 2020
Are you ready to be a part of a one of a kind charity Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament? Learn more about the "All-IN" Against Cancer Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Feb. 22, 2020 at beautiful Old Stone Farmhouse. Proceeds will benefit Cancer Support Virgin Islands to help fight the disease that impacts us all. This elegant tournament and experience is presented by The Executive Game, a non-profit operated here on St. Thomas. The Executive Game started in 2014 and is now a registered 501c3. The Mission of the Executive Game is to promote the interests of worthy charities whose work makes our world a better place. Our world class Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament is both an unforgettable experience and an opportunity to change lives. Read more. Click here to read an attachment with detailed information regarding the even t.
Coral World December Update
Click here to view the December 2019 update from Coral World Ocean Park.
The Tropical Treasure Hunt Co. Monthly Newsletter
Click here to read Issue 1: Edition 1 of The Tropical Tribune, The Official Newsletter of The Tropical Treasure Hunt Co.
VIPA Crown Bay Holiday Fest
The Virgin Islands Port Authority invites the community to our annual Holiday Fest! Join us for the Crown Bay Holiday Fest Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Crown Bay Center, St. Thomas. Bring your families and friends out to enjoy our dockside cultural holiday parties. Entry is free. Click here for the flyer .
Gov. Bryan Expanding Development Opportunities for Small Businesses in the USVI
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is expanding opportunities for small businesses in the territory by signing an order expanding Enterprise Zones on St. Thomas and traveling to Miami to present at the NAI Miami’s 6th Annual Florida and Caribbean Forum to tell investors, developers and realtors about Qualified Opportunity Zone Investment in the USVI. Read more .

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CHTA's Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2020
Caribbean Travel Marketplace is the Caribbean’s largest and most important marketing event! Marketplace affords tourism suppliers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers from around the world selling Caribbean vacation travel over the course of two days of business meetings. The region's largest and longest-standing tourism marketing event will take place in Baha Mar, Bahamas Jan. 21 to 23, 2020. Click here for more information about Caribbean Travel Marketplace including sponsorship opportunities. View the event flyer here .
Silver Airways Makes History as First ATR 72-600 Takes Flight in U.S.
Silver Airways, America’s leading independent regional airline, has received FAA and DOT certification to begin operations of its new 70-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, making history as the first airline to operate the state-of-the-art airplane in the U.S. The ATR-600 series aircraft is specifically designed for short-haul markets, but with the same look, feel and customer amenities of larger jetliners. Over the past year, Silver Airways has undergone a complete operational, fleet and customer service transformation and in doing so is reinventing the regional flying sector. Read more .
FEMA Releases 2019 National Preparedness Report
This week, FEMA released the 2019 National Preparedness Report , which summarizes the nation's progress toward becoming a more secure and resilient nation. The report presents an overview of the five preparedness mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Read more .
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