USVIHTA Update | November 2019
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USVIHTA and VIPCA Day Charter Conference and Mixer
Thank you to those members who joined USVIHTA and the VI Professional Charter Association on Nov. 14 at Yacht Haven Grande for a Membership Mixer in conjunction with the Day Charter Conference. It was a great networking opportunity for attendees who shared business updates and 2020 projections. Check back next week for photos!
Partner with My Brother’s Workshop for GivingTuesday
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, GivingTuesday inspires millions of people across the globe to give back to causes and issues that matter to them. GivingTuesday takes place on Dec. 3 this year. My Brother’s Workshop hopes to partner with local businesses for Giving Tuesday with partners committing to donating to MBW in some way on Dec. 3. Some partners may pledge to donate a percentage of sales, accept donations by customers and offer a matching amount, etc. Read the full letter from MBW here . If you are interested in collaborating with MBW this GivingTuesday or are interested in hearing more ways to partner with MBW, please call or email Chrystie at 340-715-2765 or .

More from MBW:
Gov. Bryan Describes Clear Path Toward Creating Sustainable Workforce in the USVI
During two daylong Workforce Development Summits that Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. initiated in both districts, he laid out a clear path for how he plans to stabilize the territory’s economy and create a sustainable and thriving workforce that will benefit all Virgin Islanders. Both meetings were well-attended by a variety of business leaders and members of the nonprofit sector from both districts. Read the full press release from the Office of the Governor and more here . Click here to view presentations from the summit.

More from VI Government:
St. Thomas Named Best Caribbean Cruise Destination
St. Thomas has been named the number one cruise destination in the Caribbean. The "Best Caribbean Cruise Destination" honor was bestowed upon the island by Porthole Cruise Magazine's readers in its 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards, the results of which are published in the November/December 2019 issue. Read more .
Sponsor and Participate in the Annual St. Thomas Lighted Boat Parade
The annual St. Thomas Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Dec. 20 along the Charlotte Amalie Waterfront. Vessels from throughout the marine community are invited to participate as a private charter or just for fun! There will be cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 for the top three judged entries as well as fuel coupons for each boat. Advertising and promotional opportunities are available for sponsors which include print and social media advertising, banners along the waterfront or on an individual vessel, and radio and television coverage. We are hoping for 35 entries with promotional exposure to several thousand local spectators along the parade route. A minimum amount of $250 will allow for your company’s name and/or product placement at the awards after-party hosted by Tickles Dockside Pub. Please contact us at 340-473-8706 to join us as a sponsor or participant. Checks can be made out to the St. Thomas/St.John Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for supporting this long-standing marine community tradition!
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 .

More from CHTA:
Silver Airways and Delta Air Lines Announce Codeshare Partnership
Silver Airways, America’s leading regional airline, and Delta Air Lines have expanded their commercial relationship by introducing a codeshare partnership, providing customers of both airlines seamless connections between the carriers’ networks and enabling passengers to fly segments operated by both airlines under a single ticket. The codeshare offers customers of both airlines the ease and convenience of booking a single ticket with baggage transfer between the two airlines to a variety of Silver Airways destinations throughout the Caribbean, and travelers from Silver destinations can easily connect to Delta’s global network. Read more .
NY Fed's USVI Small Business Credit Survey 2019
Join with other territorial small businesses that are participating in the New York Fed's Small Business Survey to share information on the current business climate and firms' financing needs and credit experiences. Click here to take the survey . The survey tracks financing conditions and brings them to the attention of service providers, lenders and policymakers. Individual responses are confidential. The survey closes Nov. 25. Questions? Contact Javier Silva, Associate Director, Community Development Engagement via email at or 212-720-2789.
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