USVIHTA Update | October 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 Update
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 doh.vi.gov/covid19usvi for more information. To receive updates, alerts and notifications on COVID-19 in the USVI, TEXT “COVID19USVI” to 888777. If you suspect you have symptoms or if you have questions, please call the Health Department’s Epidemiology Division Hotline: 340-‪712-6299 (STX) and 340-‪776-1519 (STT & STJ).

USVIHTA COVID-19 Communications:

Other Information:
Ghosts of Piracy Past Experience from The Tropical Treasure Hunt and Virgin Islands Ecotours
Experience our new spooky nighttime treasure hunt right in time for Halloween! Use our lantern and other tools to search for buried treasure while encountering the ghost of piracy past. We have partnered with Virgin Islands Ecotours to provide your crew kayaks to explore the eerie St. Thomas mangroves to find clues during the adventure. Also take in the scenic sunset at historic Bluebeards Castle. 18 & Up due to scare factor.

“This amazing scavenger hunt combines escape room puzzle-solving, with island adventure, nighttime kayaking, interesting historical information, sunset views, and just hours of fun!!! What could be better??? The people that help are genuinely caring, attentive, and fun to be around. This was truly the highlight of our vacation! I recommend it for anyone that is tired of the 'typical' vacation itinerary,” notes one guest.

Click here to view more information. This spooky experience will be available Halloween weekend and moving forward on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Limited spots, so book now! Click here to view photos from the experience.
Show Your Love for St. Thomas at Pandora
World-renowned for its hand-finished jewelry, Pandora is a paradise of affordable luxury! Designed to inspire women to embrace the self-creator within, Pandora is a partner in helping to explore and craft a unique personal story to complement any style, every day. We believe that every woman in the world has her own unique style, with her own stories to be celebrated and shared.

Visit us at Pandora Havensight Mall (9002 Havensight Mall, Building 2, 340-776-8550) and Pandora Main Street (5124 Dronningens Gade, at Drake’s Passage, 340-774-3672). To see our latest collections, follow us on Instagram @PandoraStThomas and Facebook.com/PANDORAStThomas. Shop with us online at boolchand.com/pandora and pick up curbside or have your order shipped to you!
Announcement of Online Ferryboat Ticket Sales
The St. John based ferryboat operators, Transportation Services of St. John and Varlack Ventures, Inc., will begin the sale of passenger ferryboat tickets online effective Nov. 1. With this system, prospective ferryboat passengers will be able to purchase tickets online and subsequently proceed directly to board the ferry once they arrive at the respective departure terminals. This new attribute will eliminate the time that ferryboat passengers will have to wait in line if they elect to purchase their tickets in advance. To purchase tickets, potential passengers may visit the following websites:
USVIEDA Announces Launch of USVI Business Hub
Entrepreneurs and small-business owners in the U.S. Virgin Islands - and from around the world - can now access a rich variety of helpful USVI resources housed in an all-in-one online platform. The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA), the lead economic development organization in the USVI, announced the launch of the "USVI Business Hub." This platform project and four-day launch is in partnership with the company Startup Space and USVIEDA economic development partners. These partners, including the Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (VIDLCA), the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC), the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL) and Startup Space, invited the USVI business community to attend the virtual launch events that took place this week and were shared prior to the events. Read more.
U.S. Virgin Islands Embraces Innovation as Tourism Engine Restarts
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is confident that its latest strategic partnerships with national media and travel sellers as well as communications to welcome travelers back to the U.S. Virgin Islands are already yielding encouraging returns for the territory. Since the reopening of its doors to leisure visitors one month ago, several thousand guests have arrived in the territory, eager to explore and experience all that the territory has to offer, and to stimulate much-needed economic activity through their spending at hotels, activities and attractions, restaurants, retail stores and with tour operators and transportation providers. Read more.
Gov. Bryan, USVI Economic Development Authority to Produce 20-Year Vision for Territorial Economy
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced this week the commissioning of a 20-year economic development plan (Vision 2040) for the territory, seeking the input from a cross-section of residents in the territory as well as Virgin Islanders living on the U.S. mainland and elsewhere in the world. Speaking at Government House on St. Croix, the governor was joined by Wayne Biggs, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA), the agency administering the federally funded plan. The purpose of the plan -Vision 2040: Our Economy. Our Future (http://www.USVI2040.com) - is to create a roadmap for a diversified, self-sufficient and prosperous economy for Virgin Islanders. Bryan said that Vision 2040 will focus on economic advancement in five (5) key areas: Services, Technology, Energy, Agriculture and Manufacturing (STEAM). Read more.

More local news:
Caribbean Public Health Agency Launches Unique Health Assurance Stamp and Mobile App to Protect Tourism Industry
As part of its ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other public health threats, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is preparing to officially launch two important initiatives to protect the Region’s tourism sector and safeguard the health and safety of residents and visitors. Dr. Joy St. John, CARPHA’s Executive Director, explained that the new tools, which will debut on Nov. 5, are part and parcel of CARPHA’s Traveler’s Health Program (THP), which provides an early monitoring and response system to public health issues that impact tourism. Read more.

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