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USVI's Boschulte calls for regional cooperation on health safety

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Commissioner Boschulte, far right, with Carnival Corp. & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald and Florida Caribbean Cruise Association President Michele Paige at Seatrade Cruise Global. At left, the USVI stand
'One destination does not make an itinerary,' US Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte said at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami last week.

'There has to be a collaborative effort amongst us in the Caribbean on health protocols because if a destination does not have effective protocols in place, that impacts not only the ship but also the next destination as well,' Boschulte said.

Cruise ships are returning, and the commissioner said the business will build to 'significantly more' calls in 2022. 

While the stayover tourism sector performed well for the USVI throughout most of the pandemic, the destination and region suffered from no cruise calls for about 15 months; in July Celebrity Edge was the first ship back to St. Thomas.

Royal Caribbean MOU

During Seatrade Cruise Global, the US Virgin Islands Port Authority and Royal Caribbean Group signed a memorandum of understanding to invest and develop cruising in St. Croix and at Crown Bay in St. Thomas.

The USVI delegation to Seatrade included representatives of the Department of Tourism, the Port Authority, The West Indian Co. Ltd. and members of the Virgin Islands Legislature.

The team showcased the territory's culture with steel pan music accompanied by mocko jumbie and Carnival dance performances. Visitors to the USVI booth received locally produced tarts and Virgin Islands-made hand sanitizers and USVI-branded masks.

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