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. Your $25 entry fee will go towards purchasing gifts for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Thomas. RSVP with Lisa Hamilton at or by replying to this email. 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, beer and beverages will be available at the party. Please park in the lot next to the pharmacy and Southern Exposure. Shuttle service will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the final return shuttle at 8:30 p.m. Parking will not be available at taste. Click here to view the flyer.
Marine Toys for Tots and Hotel & Tourism Associations Distribute Over $79,000 in Toys to Local Children
USVIHTA and STXHTA along with the Puerto Rico branch of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation distributed over $79,000 in toys to nearly 2,500 children in housing communities on St. Croix Dec. 7 and St. Thomas Dec. 8. Marines and volunteers visited ten housing communities on St. Croix reaching 899 children, and six housing communities on St. Thomas reaching 858 children. Toys were also distributed to an additional 711 children through ten other local organizations. Read more. Click here to view photos from distributions on both islands.
New Member Spotlight: Local Mocean Charters
Local Mocean Charters (pronounced Local “Motion”) strives to provide charter guests with the best day of their vacation. Locally owned and operated by Captain Tony, who was born and raised on Water Island in the Virgin Islands, knows all of the local secrets and enjoys exploring his favorite spots - snorkeling with sea turtles, viewing beautiful reefs, catching lobster, island hopping and savoring his favorite beach bars and hot spots! Our all-local captains love sharing the history of our islands and will stop at beautiful vistas for photo ops. Our spacious and luxurious 35 ft. Intrepid is equipped with top-of-the-line finishings, a dive door for easy access to the water and was specially chosen for the way it handles on the water. Read more .
Become a Sponsor for 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 Texa s Hold Em Poker Tournament? Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities for the "All-IN" Against Cancer Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Feb. 22, 2020 at beautiful Old Stone Farmhouse. Click here to download the sponsorship form . 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.
Shop My Brother’s Workshop for the Holidays!
They’re here and selling fast! Our unisex Limited Edition Supporter Bracelets make the perfect holiday gift for all of your loved ones. Each year, MBW opens the door to 130-150 at risk youth to defy their circumstances and rise above their challenges. These limited edition bracelets honor the first 1200 such stories, and your purchase will go towards providing hope and healing to the next 1200 trainees to come through our doors. Read more.
S upport Our Caribbean Scholarships and Training Programs
The CHTA Education Foundation had a fantastic year and we want to thank you for your support, without which much of what we have accomplished would not have been possible. We not only funded 20 scholarships for students from 10 member countries, but also delivered on-island training courses to six destinations reaching over 550 hospitality professionals in the process. Like every year, we are preparing for our auction at the New York Times Travel Show which will take place Jan. 24-26, 2020. This auction is the cornerstone for our funding for the entire year. We are requesting your support for a 3 to 7-nights' stay which we will auction during the show to raise funds for these scholarships and programs. Read more .
Christmas Tree Lightings and Children's Holiday Parties Scheduled
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., First Lady Yolanda Bryan and First Daughter Sumayah Bryan invite the Virgin Islands community to the fami ly’s first annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Children’s Holiday Party scheduled for this month on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. On St. John, the Children’s Holiday Party and Tropical Love City Christmas tree-lighting will be on Dec. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Franklin Powell Park in Cruz Bay. On St. Thomas, the Children’s Holiday Party and Christmasville tree-lighting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 20 at Emancipation Garden in Charlotte Amalie. Read more .
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 .

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