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USVI to gauge possible St. Thomas cruise calls in 30 days

Article-USVI to gauge possible St. Thomas cruise calls in 30 days

(Photo: Government of the US Virgin Islands)
Gov. Kenneth Mapp is shown briefing senators on hurricane recovery efforts Saturday
Top US Virgin Islands officials plan to meet with members of the business community this week to discuss the readiness of the territory to welcome cruise passengers in 30 days.

'Because it is a possibility, we want to be able to sit with members of the business community in the territory as our partners to hear from them about readiness and the appropriateness of doing so,' Gov. Kenneth Mapp said at a news conference Friday.

The governor will be joined in those discussions with St. Thomas and St. John district businesses by tourism commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty.

In other USVI hurricane recovery news, commercial flights at Cyril E. King International Airport are expected to resume on a limited basis toward the middle or end of this week.

Gov. Mapp reported that after visiting the St. Thomas airport, officials were hard at work preparing it for humanitarian flights. Additional work is still required at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, and the government is working with cruise partners to transport some residents to Florida toward the end of this week.

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