USVIHTA Update | June 2020
Greetings Members

Thank you for reading these and other important updates. Please remember to use the web link at the bottom to share with your teams.
COVID-19 Updates
Please click the links below to read our recent updates. Keep in mind that statistics are changing daily as we learn more, so some of the information from our updates may have changed. You can also visit for more information.

USVIHTA COVID-19 Communications:
Caribbean Journal Shares News Story and Video from USVI Travel Outlook Webinar
Following Wednesday's webinar entitled USVI Travel Outlook and presented by Caribbean Journal, the publication shared an article summarizing points from the discussion as well as a video of the webinar. Read more.
Start of Hurricane Season Update from Theodore Tunick & Co.
We know there's a lot going on with COVID-19, but don't wait for a storm to strike. Being prepared for a major storm is not just important - it is vital to your safety and the protection of your organization. Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for your business! Here are some tips for making (or reviewing) your disaster plan that you should consider as we roll into hurricane season. Read more .
Invitational Regatta Hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club Kicks Off June 26
The Invitational Regatta will be hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club on the weekend of June 26. Teams from all over the world, including Sweden, Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be participating in the race. The regatta is sponsored by Leatherback Brewing Co. and the USVI Department of Tourism. Please contact Tony Coffelt at 340-513-2924 for more information.
Ocean Surfari 4th of July Water Island Excursion
Join us for the 4th of July aboard Reef Surfari, our new 47’ power catamaran, as we head to Dinghy’s on Water Island. There will be food and drink specials at Dinghy's, golf cart rentals available until 6 p.m. to explore the island as well as fire dancing by Isla around sunset. We will depart American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook at 2 p.m. and head to the National Park dock on St. John to pick up guests at 2:30 p.m., and straight to Water Island for happy hour. We will depart the beach at 8 p.m. and head to St. John to drop people off before returning to Red Hook. Book online at or call 340-227-5448. View flyer here.
Apply for Your 2020 Hurricane Season Curfew Pass
Click here for the Curfew Pass Application Checklist. We ask that members use this link to apply directly through VITEMA. If you received a pass for 2019, it will be valid until December 2020.
U.S. Virgin Islands Launches Virtual St. John Celebration
The 66th annual St. John Celebration, which was set for June 3 to July 4, has been canceled, but organizers have announced a “pop-up” virtual festival which will run from June 27 to July 4. U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte stated that due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and restrictions on mass gatherings in the territory, which will likely extend through the summer, the Division of Festivals team made the practical decision to cancel this year’s celebration. Read more .
Submit Your Hotel Opening Date - Caribbean Travel Advisories
CHTA has developed a Travel Advisory document as a resource to the industry, travel trade and prospective visitors providing information on destination re-openings and relevant travel-related advisories, which is updated daily. As accommodation providers start to open their properties and as a value to the hospitality sector, we aim to expand the document by highlighting opening dates for all CHTA member accommodation providers.
We will appreciate receiving the following information to help in keeping the list current: h otel name; destination; confirmed opening date; percentage of inventory to be open. Please submit this information and advise if any changes occur at .
The Travel Advisory document along with other resources can be found on the CHTA’s COVID-19 Resource Center .
Bryan Williams' Customer Service Tip: Job. Career. Calling.
Let's be honest. Most people's paychecks will be exactly the same whether they meet or exceed their customers' expectations. Seriously, doing "more" requires extra effort, and extra effort requires more time. So, my question is, why bother? The answer may be found in how you view your work. Is it a job, a career or a calling? The way you perceive your work has a major impact on whether you "bother" to exceed expectations or not. Read more .
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