USVIHTA Update | March 2021
USVI Department of Tourism Mourns Passing of Judi Nagelberg
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism joins the Office of the Governor, members of the tourism and hospitality community, and countless Virgin Islanders in mourning the loss of Seema “Judi” Nagelberg. Committed, enterprising and engaged, Judi came to St. Thomas in the 1960s on vacation, fell in love with the Virgin Islands, and spent the next 50-plus years dedicating herself and her work to promoting and helping to market and advance her adopted home. Read more.
VISIT USVI App Launches
We're excited to announce the VISIT USVI app launched last weekend! All member hotels have been included with a photo, and those who advertised in the magazine received a full mention. We have also offered a “Deals and Specials” tab to offer push notifications once sales begin. Additionally, we have QR Code stickers and tent cards to be distributed to advertisers and hotel front desks. We hope you will download the app and share this great HTA member benefit! Click the photo to the right to expand.
Association Health Plans Available Now through Elan
The Hotel & Tourism Association continues to work to identify great opportunities for our members. We've recently signed an agreement with Elan Insurance Group to offer Association Health Plans. Click the photo to view the PDF version in your browser. The PDF lets members know about:
  1. This great NEW benefit
  2. Who is qualified to receive it
  3. How to get started

For more information, contact Omar Andres Haedo directly at
Royal Caribbean Tells USVI Businesses It’s Ready to Sail
Royal Caribbean is asking V.I. businesses to be prepared for the cruise line’s return to the territory. At Wednesday’s Community Business Forum – sponsored by the Office of Governor Albert Bryan Jr. – The Royal Caribbean Group said with its new protocols that include requiring passengers and crew to be vaccinated before sailing, it is ready to return the U.S. Virgin Islands immediately after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifts its conditional “No Sail” order. Read more.

More local and regional news:
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Launches “Forward Together” Initiative
As the Caribbean tourism and hospitality industry continues to respond and adapt to challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the region’s leading association representing the interests of the private sector, has launched Forward Together, an initiative which encourages industry stakeholders to join their colleagues in supporting the trade association. Read more.
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Lisa Hamilton 
USVIHTA President