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Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the extension of a No-Sail Order for cruise ships through Sept. 30.
With an economy reliant on the U.S. and international travel industry, the Virgin Islands has double reason to fear the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. “The safety of our residents is first and foremost,” Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte said.
Yacht Haven USVI sued the West Indian Company on Dec. 4 in the state of New York for $400 million, claiming WICO “conspired” to direct business away from Yacht Haven and toward Havensight Mall. Last week, WICO countersued in V.I. Superior Court.
Tourism has been rebounding in the territory since the 2017 hurricanes. Air visitors are up by 43 percent in the past year, hotel tax revenue collections are up 40 percent and cruise ship arrivals are up only 3.8 percent, to just under a million passengers.
The Government Employees' Retirement System governing board voted to not renew the West Indian Company's management agreement for Havensight Mall.
The West Indian Company Board of Directors voted Friday to fire WICO President Clifford Graham for cause. 'After extensive discussion, the board made a decision to terminate for cause,' WICO Board Chair Joseph Boschulte said.