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The coronavirus pandemic led both Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises to halt all cruise operations until May, which means several cancellations to the U.S. Virgin Islands representing several million dollars in lost revenue for businesses.
The Port Authority confirmed that the U.S. Coast Guard denied Royal Caribbean’s 2,446 passenger Grandeur of the Seas’ request to berth at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas on Thursday.
Dodson James has been in the business of horse racing for more than 40 years. During Monday’s Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing he passionately expressed his dreams for what the industry could be in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
After two weeks of long lines at Cyril E. King Airport and Edward W. Blyden IV Marine Terminal on St. Thomas, repairs to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening areas have been completed and normal operations will resume Friday.
A welcome center in the Cyril E. King Airport will do just that in preparation for the anticipated grand opening of the U.S. Virgin Islands' largest resort, the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort and Spa on St. Thomas.
Delays continue at the St. Thomas airport as Port Authority contractors are still fixing an unexplained environmental issue found during construction, according to a news release issued Wednesday.
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.
Carlton Dowe, executive director of Virgin Islands Port Authority, delivered good news and bad news to St. John residents at a town hall meeting held at the Legislative Annex Monday night.
Members of the Port Authority Governing Board were given an overview of the agency’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Tuesday when they convened a special meeting to complete the agenda of the regular, monthly meeting held July 23.
During a meeting of WICO’s board of directors, Director of Marine and Cruise Operations Mark Sabino said things like berth size, Port Authority contracts, and scheduling conflicts create a perfect storm for losing tourism revenue.