For the first time in nearly 40 years, Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the annual gathering where Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals meet with regional colleagues and international buyers and sellers, will be staged virtually.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued updated guidance on COVID-19 precautions for all workplaces. The new, stronger guidance based on a mandate by President Joe Biden provides recommendations to mitigate and prevent the viral spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

ST. THOMAS — What game do you indulge in? Super Mario Brothers? Minecraft? Beat Saber? Whatever platform you enjoy, whether Nintendo or virtual reality, the Rock City Virtual Reality Game Truck has just the program for you to enjoy your party or event, with four game stations, two race car s…

SEAT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, the nonprofit division of SEAT Caribbean, has announced the launch of the Three Queens Ventures Women’s Business Accelerator Program, which aims to support female entrepreneurs in the U.S. Virgin Islands who are interested in growing or expanding …

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications to be considered for funding this year is March 26. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaini…

For Charles “Pollo” Goodings, Jr., Apollo Legion was always intended to be a clothing brand, not a t-shirt brand. From selling shirts out of the trunk of his car to his own brick and mortar store, Goodings now announces the grand opening of his new Legion Kicks section on Saturday.

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Tapping into his experience on New York catwalks and mentoring future models, Jason Gardener has broadened his fashion reach even further with his new personal brand, STYLED by Jason Gardener, launched Friday on St. Croix.

To celebrate the holiday season, FirstBank launched a special initiative, donating funds normally used toward social activities for employees and clients to nonprofits across the four regions in which it operates, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida.

When it comes to more serious health issues, it can be difficult to find a specialist in the Virgin Islands. Either there isn’t one on island in the specialized field that you need, or so few of them that appointments can take weeks or even months. Dr. Ofer Sagiv, a visiting cardiologist and…

A boutique hotel has opened its doors in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Ivy Hotel is the product of a $1 million investment by Rafal Pagan, who now has a portfolio of three hotels in Condado, including the Wave Hotel and the El San Geronimo Hotel.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has decided that employers can require workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and offered guidance on exceptions.

The Virgin Islands Tourism Department and its Division of Festivals are spreading holiday cheer with their Shopping Holiday Online Party, an online opportunity for local businesses to promote their products and services to on- and off-island shoppers.

ST. THOMAS — With a new contract as the preferred provider of general aviation fuel and services for three major fractional/charter operators, St. Thomas Jet Center is expanding with a new VIP building and doubling its fuel storage capacity.

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina in the British Virgin Islands, operated by Mainsail Lodging and Development, announces the appointment of Dornelle Hazel as assistant general manager, and the addition of Michael Schoonewagen as general manager of the recently reopened property.

Reserving a vacation rental with Airbnb or Vrbo may be a good way to minimize contact with others and enjoy a change of scenery. But every rental is different. You must read each listing carefully and ask your host lots of questions. Here are things to consider before you book.

ST. THOMAS — After 43 years, Dilly D’ Alley, one of the island’s most popular women’s clothing boutiques, will be closing its doors at the end of this month.

The St. Lucia Tourism Authority has created a dedicated webpage detailing all of the destination’s Cyber Monday deals, making it easy to find the best options for future vacations. The site lists hotel specials and discounts up to 60% off, with many discounts valid for travel throughout 2021…

The AAA Four-Diamond Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina is now taking reservations in advance of their Dec. 1 reopening. Situated on its own private island in the British Virgin Islands, the resort will once again welcome overnight guests and marina visitors, following a months-long closure…

Plaza Extra West St. Croix and Plaza Extra Tutu St. Thomas are debuting a new store name, logo and brand transformation campaign, celebrating their love of all customers and associates, food-first culture and long history as one of the leading grocers on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

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Island Global Yachting (IGY) will expand their global superyacht marina portfolio with the addition of Island Gardens Deep Harbour in Miami, Fla.

Limetree Bay Refining has been recognized for its excellent safety performance in 2019, and was honored with a Safety Achievement Award from American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers during a virtual ceremony last week.

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When a newborn needs something, they need it immediately, but with COVID-19 restrictions, slow mail service and limited products on the shelves locally, it can sometimes be a challenge to meet those needs. As a mother and a grandmother, Charmaine Daley knows just how frustrating that can be …

Business webinar to focus on social media strategies

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ST. THOMAS — When tourists travel through St. Thomas to get to the British Virgin Islands, it’s safe to say that they are tired and want to start their vacation as soon as possible, but they still have a long way to go when they disembark that plane.

UVI’s Research and Technology Park is calling Virgin Islanders back home with their new Vista+ (Virgin Islands STEM Talent Archive) workforce development initiative. The official launch of this curated archive was announced in a webinar last week that focused on keeping and bringing home tec…

Plessen Healthcare opens its new state of the art urgent care facility today in the Sunny Isles Shopping Center on St. Croix. Open seven days per week, the urgent care center will see patients from ages two and up and is equipped with X-ray and laboratory diagnostics.

Fortune Magazine has named Rashida Hodge one of their 40 under 40 emerging leaders in technology for 2020 earlier this month. Originally from St. Thomas, Hodge earned her MBA in industrial engineering from Duke University. While finishing her degree, she became a summer intern at IBM, eventu…

Honoring Caribbean heroes and heroines of the past is a central theme for Ephra Graham, connecting with Caribbean culture and heritage through her new jewelry line, Udall Caribbean, and her upcoming podcast, “When We Were Young.”

BVI Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie participated in the sixth meeting of the Caribbean Development Roundtable and the twenty-eighth session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday.

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