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Bryan Leaves For Two Days of Talks With Cruise Lines In Miami

CHRISTIANSTED – In his first scheduled meetings out of the territory, Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. will be heading to Miami to attend two days of “introductory” meetings with key cruise industry officials. He will be accompanied by his Commissioner of Tourism nominee, Joseph Boschulte.

Among the valued and critical industry partners he is scheduled to meet with are the chief executives of Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Disney Cruise Line, and MSC (USA), all of whom represent cruise corporations with ports of call in St. Thomas and St. Croix annually.

Governor Bryan said he will take this opportunity to share in detail his vision for the future of the tourism product of the U.S. Virgin Islands, in general, and his administration’s plans regarding the USVI-cruise industry partnership outlook.

“I am very excited for this early opportunity to have an audience with these critical tourism partners so that we can strategize and discuss the direction of our tourism product which, as we all know, is of the utmost importance to the USVI economy, now and in the future,” Bryan said. “Securing and revitalizing our tourism product is vital to our territory and we cannot afford to exclude our key stakeholders from that important conversation. I am looking forward to an innovative and productive synergy with these executives throughout our administration.”

Bryan said he will return to the territory today.

Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach will be Acting Governor during his absence.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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