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USVI governor leads delegation to meetings with cruise line executives in Florida
Published on January 13, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and the leaders of both the Virgin Islands Port Authority and The West Indian Company Limited, held meetings with cruise line executives in Miami, Florida, last week.

Specifically, the delegation used the meetings with leaders of Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Lines to ensure that the existing berths at the Monsanto Marine Terminal and WICO dock could be maximized to increase cruise visitor arrivals.

"The meetings were initiated as part of our continuing dialogue with our partners and were especially important and timely as we lay the groundwork for the new pier at WICO and at a time when demand for the port of Charlotte Amalie is increasing on specific days which follow the ship itineraries," de Jongh said on Saturday.

The governor also noted that the meetings provided an opportunity for USVI government officials to further discuss initiatives to develop branding, attractions and increased demand for the port of St Croix across the cruise industry.

"We are in the process of a feasibility study for an entertainment venue, discussing with the Port Authority maintenance dredging in Gallows Bays to attract the smaller cruise brands and negotiating for the development of a baseball stadium in Frederiksted. We wanted to educate them of our plans so as to build their interest in the destination for more current business, but definitely to ensure more long-term port calls,” he said.
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