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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the V.I. looks toward the next year with renewed hope brought on by increasing tax revenues, new economic development projects and growth in the marine, tech and agriculture industries.
While the V.I. Health Department is still focused on COVID-19 surveillance, testing and outreach, the rollout of the COVID vaccine in the territory has received “encouraging” support and participation from the community, according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.
In a Government House press release issued on Thursday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. welcomed The Moorings, an international luxury yacht charter company, to its new location at Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas.
To keep COVID numbers down over the holiday season, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said Thursday that as an extra precaution, no traveler is allowed into the territory without a negative COVID-19 test effective Monday, Jan. 18.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has been requiring visitors to get a COVID-19 test showing negative for the illness or showing they had the illness and recovered and have antibodies.
Delta Airlines flight DL1982 touched down on Saturday at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, adding to the growing number of direct flights coming into the territory.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tourism revenue to plummet in the U.S. Virgin Islands, hitting the territory's tourism economy worse than hurricanes Irma and Maria did.
While there is still hope for the resurgence of horse racing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, though there has been word of an agreement in a court battle, the territory's two horse tracks are still closed.
The pandemic has forced many events from around the world to go virtual, and the 2020-2021 Virtual Crucian Christmas Festival is no different, but Ian Turnbull said the virtual festival will achieve greater recognition than prior years.
The U.S. Virgin Islands is expecting a major increase in American Airlines flights, beginning next month.