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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Leaving all his cares behind on the mainland for a stress-free vacation in St. Thomas could send a New Jersey man on a harsh trip back to prison. Luis C. Cancio, 38, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was arrested April 12 at King Airport on St. Thomas as

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HOUSTON — The U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Department kicked up a storm at the Katy Sip ‘N Stroll wine-sipping festival in Texas recently. The Tourism Department was a co-sponsor of Katy’s celebration of its original wine, beer, and food. People in attendance at the festival were offered free food samples

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FREDERIKSTED — Amidst more than a half-dozen ongoing infrastructure projects throughout the territory’s downtown areas, some close to completion, Governor Albert Bryan is sending down legislation to the Senate requesting $1.5 million to complete improvements to the Frederiksted waterfront, spanning from Dorsch Beach along Strand Street to Buddhoe Park. These new infrastructure upgrades and

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan held a sit-down meeting with a top executive at Royal Caribbean to ensure that once the CDC relaxes restrictions on the cruise line industry, the territory will be foremost in the company’s mind when it comes to destinations. Governor Bryan met said he met with

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MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who found his way onto the conveyor belt baggage handling system at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was not injured. Airport spokesperson Pat Hogan said the incident happened early Saturday afternoon as a group of about 20 people were checking their bags for a

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HONOLULU — A doctor and a team of neonatal medical professionals were in the right place at the right time — helping a Utah woman deliver her baby onboard an hours-long flight to Hawaii. Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was traveling from Salt Lake City to Hawaii on April 28 for a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan today issued the following statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) letter to the cruise ship industry clearing the way for ships to begin docking at U.S. ports in mid-July: “I want to thank the Biden Administration, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

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SAN JUAN — The burned body of a 24-year-old tourist from Delaware was identified on Tuesday, three days after he and a friend were attacked following a drug purchase in a seaside San Juan district popular with visitors, Puerto Rico police said. Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa said Tariq Quadir

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three more U.S. Virgin Islands tourists have been arrested and charged with submitting altered COVID-19 tests to the territory’s online travel portal, but a Superior Court judge said it appears that two of the travelers may have been scammed by the people who administered their test. The

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In Mark Wenner’s article entitled “Time to rethink cruise tourism strategy” he ends with the question: “Given the low expenditure of cruise ship visitors ($165 per head) in the U.S. Virgin Islands, does it make sense to continue to bet heavily on the mass market cruise ship segment?” To answer

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