Utilizing the latest smartphone technologies, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission has announced the launch of BVI Now, a free app available for download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It is believed to be the first travel app of its kind in the world.

Cigar aficionados love nothing more than to relax with a good cigar and watch the game, but smoking laws prohibit that simple pleasure in most places. With the opening of the Pelican Shop on the St. Thomas Waterfront, cigar lovers will have their own place to indulge freely.

A new tourism brand was unveiled by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism for the island of St. Croix at a recent press breakfast at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Nassau, Bahamas.

CC One Virgin Islands, LLC has announced the acquisition of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of the Caribbean, LLC, an alcoholic beverage distribution company operating in the Virgin Islands. The acquisition took place on Friday.

A Financial Services Business Forum, hosted by BVI Premier Andrew Fahie and BVI Finance, was held last week to bolster BVI’s financial services industry.

As St. John rebounded after the devastating 2017 hurricane season and businesses and rental villas continued to reopen, eyes eventually turned to the Cruz Bay waterfront, where Wharfside Village — home to several bars and restaurants popular among visitors and residents alike — remained in a…

ST. THOMAS — Those who have enjoyed sharing a small plate or two and craft cocktails at The Longboard in Cruz Bay, St. John are in for another treat by the team at the other end of the ferry ride to and from St. Thomas, their new restaurant called The Easterly. Convenient for those coming ov…

ST. CROIX — The once sleepy town of Frederiksted is slowly being awakened, as new businesses have been opening in the town in recent months.

The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission received both platinum and gold Adrian Awards at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Awards Gala last week in the largest global marketing competition recognizing excellence in advertising, marketing a…

The comment period for the proposed rule in the Federal Register to consolidate SBA’s Mentor Protégé Programs has been extended an additional 21 days by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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ST. THOMAS — One of the major costs of doing business is not the product or service being provided, but the office space itself, a cost that makes many would-be entrepreneurs think twice before starting their own business.

Caribbean Journal has announced its Caribbean Travel Awards for 2020. This year’s awards include winners in 21 categories, including Best Destination, Best Cruise Destination and more. The winners were selected by Caribbean Journal’s editorial staff and contributors. This is the sixth year t…

ST. CROIX — At its annual Holiday Hope benefit, held at the Sion Farm Distillery, the St. Croix Hotel & Tourism Association raised funds to support the Richard Patrick Henry Hospitality Scholarship, CASA of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean Centers for Boys & Girls of the Virgin Islands.

Unite BVI and the government of the British Virgin Islands recently donated to the Marine Training Program at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College funding totalling $300,000.

For many years, the charter yacht business has been Capt. Jan Robinson’s meal ticket — quite literally. Former charter captain and author of several cookbooks based on charter yacht recipes, Robinson, a resident of Water Island, was recently inducted into the Charter Yacht Brokers Associatio…

Southwest Airlines has announced its summer schedule for 2020, with expanded service to key hubs in the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico and other Caribbean destinations.

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ST. THOMAS — Every business has to deal with the often confusing and time-consuming issue of payroll for its employees. Sometimes it’s easier and more secure to turn to a professional like Payroll Vault, the new online payroll company serving the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Broadband VI, an internet service provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has announced that it has acquired the USVI-based business operations and assets of Florida-based Surge Communications, LLC, which operates in the territory, to be known as Surge Broadband.

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ST. THOMAS — “It’s time for something new, something younger, a newer vision and I think it’s our time. We ‘80s babies, it’s time for us to step up and take over and take back a piece of our beautiful island.” That’s the call to action from the owner of the new Shama’s Specialties Caribbean …

The U.S. Virgin Islands was granted accreditation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners during the organization’s meeting earlier this month.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program will be more attractive to small businesses and encourage them to invest in HUBZone communities and hire HUBZone residents with a new U.S. Small Business Administration final rule implementing several changes to the program.

ST. THOMAS — Imagine skimming the water without actually touching it, gliding in the breeze at a speedy 25 mph, surfing without the waves. Meet the eFoil, the latest in watersports fun. With VI Foils, owner Jeff Schneider brings this brand-new technology to St. Thomas for some thrill-seeking…

ST. CROIX — Tenth- and 11th-grade students of St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism and the Academy of Finance recently attended a presentation by the Tourism Department to discuss the importance of preparing themselves to be the next generation…

ST. THOMAS — Arcos Dorados Caribbean and Latin America, the world’s largest independent McDonald’s franchise, celebrated 45 years of service on St. Thomas with an anniversary event at the Lockhart Gardens restaurant on Friday. The company recognized long-standing employees and presented a $1…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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