ST. THOMAS — It had to be done. The project to revitalize Main Street is a necessary and vital step towards reviving the St. Thomas economy that relies so heavily on the tourism industry.

The government of the British Virgin Islands is looking to become a hub for financial technology and invites discussion on this new driver of development during the BVI’s Digital Economy Symposium on Tuesday on Tortola.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival will celebrate its 27th anniversary from Friday to Dec. 15 with more than 60 feature length narratives and documentaries to be presented at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Cinema Village, MIST Harlem and The Museum of the Moving Image …

Lilly Broadcasting has announced the acquisition of WCVI-TV in the Virgin Islands from Family Broadcasting Corporation. WCVI-TV now operates an ABC affiliate and has added CBS as well.

ST. THOMAS — Property owners and retailers on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie all seem to agree, the revitalization of Main Street needed to be done. Owners and retailers also agree that because of the scope of the project and the time that Main Street has been torn apart, the cost is far mo…

Patients in the U.S. Virgin Islands needing pediatric orthopedic services can now be treated on island. Dr. Leah Cobb has joined the team at Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global as the only pediatric orthopedic surgeon providing services to the territory.

ST. THOMAS — If the 2019 Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association Yacht Show held last week is any indication, the charter boat industry can look forward to a busy season this winter. With 74 boats gleaming and bobbing in the water and more than 130 brokers attending, the show had its…

National Park Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to land conservancy and environmental education, has announced an exclusive partnership with Caribbean Sol to protect national parks, coral reefs and other marine ecosystems with a national campaign to promote responsible sun safety for people who v…

British Virgin Islands Deputy Gov. David Archer Jr. and Acting Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office Sharleen DaBreo-Lettsome met with the board of directors of the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association to raise awareness as to how the business sector is expected to res…

Visitors can now explore the islands of Antigua and Barbuda independently with a new mobile phone app developed with Geotourist, a multiple award-winning mobile GPS travel technology. Navigational content has been created for the islands that allows visitors to explore the destinations on th…

Online vacation rental marketplaces such as Vrbo, HomeAway and Airbnb have taken the country by storm. Since hurricanes Irma and Maria, Airbnb rentals in the U.S. Virgin Islands have become an integral part of the tourism product.

Operating for 70 years in Puerto Rico, 56 years in the Virgin Islands and 12 years in Florida, FirstBank celebrated its 70th anniversary over the last year with community initiatives through the “I am FirstBank” volunteer program.

The British Virgin Islands first Innovation Week (iWeek), held last week, provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs, startup businesses and the wider community to gain access to knowledge and resources to ensure success.

TEDxSaintThomas has announced that the TEDx series will return to St. Thomas in the spring of 2020 and is accepting applications from individuals interested in speaking at this year’s event.

ST. THOMAS — It’s been a long time since island residents have had a convenient and affordable option for dinner and a movie. With the opening of The Meat Up last week in Market Square East, movie lovers can once again enjoy dinner before or after the show in one easy stop.

Speaking at the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Cruise Conference and Trade Show, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. sought to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. Virgin Islands and cruise line partners as the region prepares for the strong growth forecast for the cruise ship industry.

The full-service bar at The Meat Up in Market Square East.

DiamondRock Hospitality, owners of Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort & Spa and Marriott’s Autograph Collection, Noni Beach, a St. Thomas Resort, announced a gift of financial support to renovate the Joseph Aubain Ballfield in Frenchtown, St. Thomas.

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority released its latest performance report, recording unprecedented growth with its seventh record-breaking month in an eight-month period for visitor arrivals, according to a press release.

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Medical tourism could lead to substantial gains for the Virgin Islands’ economy. To that end, Dr. Brian Bacot of Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global — COG — has announced the coming opening of the St. Croix Surgical Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility that he said will bring…

Entrepreneurship training workshop on St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS — After several years of absence, a Re/Max franchise has returned to St. Thomas.

Real estate sales, by their very nature, are in a constant state of flux, however, real estate trends in the U.S. Virgin Islands have certainly seen some changes since hurricanes Irma and Maria just more than two years ago.

Hundreds of Caribbean tourism professionals are honing their skills in cutting-edge customer service training sessions presented by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation.

Insurance licensing exam this month on St. Croix

ST. CROIX — The AT&T U.S. Virgin Islands retail team and local chapter of Women of AT&T recently raised $245 for the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix and donated 20 backpacks filled with wet wipes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothpaste and more.

ST. THOMAS — Fianna Fluess practically lives in a bathing suit. There always one in her car or at the bottom of her bag. You might say she rarely leaves home without it. But getting the comfort, fit and durability she needed was always a problem. That’s what inspired her to create her own Fi…

JetBlue Airline has announced that the airline is converting its fleet of baggage tractors and belt loaders — the largest part of its ground service equipment fleet at New York’s JFK International Airport — to electric powered. The largest fleet of electric ground service equipment of any ai…

The U.S. Small Business Administration has graduated 10 companies from its Emerging Leaders program in the USVI, completing the third cycle of the training series offered to small business entrepreneurs in the territory.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the achievements of America’s small businesses and…

The four contractors working on the Elmore Stoutt High School L-shaped building project have donated $10,000 each to the continuing development of the school. The building, which was badly damaged by the 2017 hurricanes, has been named after veteran educator Lillian Adorothy Turnbull and was…

Nicole Barry Travis, originally from St. Thomas, has been named a 2019 Tampa Business Woman of the Year. Director of community and economic development, Travis was the first female to be promoted to an executive leadership position with the city of Lakeland, Fla.

Whether you are considering opening your own business or are a longtime business owner who needs help to grow and remain relevant, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is ready to assist you with one-on-one consulting, workshops, online training, access to capital and other resources…

FirstBank has announced that Valdamier Collens has joined the bank as senior vice president and U.S. Virgin Islands region executive. In this position, Collens will be in charge of spearheading and continuing FirstBank’s strategic growth in its USVI business operations on St. Thomas, St. Joh…

A USVI delegation attended the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, to bolster tourism from Canada and attract more film productions to the territory.

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