On behalf of the people of the United States Virgin Islands, I extend a warm welcome to brokers from around the world attending the much-anticipated 2022 USVI Charter Yacht Show at St. Thomas’ Yacht Haven Grande, which has been awarded Superyacht Marina of the Year four years in a row by the prestigious UK-headquartered Yacht Harbour Association.
The USVI is experiencing unprecedented growth in the marine and tourism industries as we rebuild our infrastructure and resurge from a global pandemic. This significant progress reflects a strong yacht charter sector which offers first-class dock facilities with a full array of services and amenities and provides a multitude of distinctive and luxurious vacation options for guests. In 2021, The Caribbean Journal named the U.S. Virgin Islands the Yachting Destination of the Year, which speaks to the successful transformation of our marine sector as a vital component of our tourism industry.
Last month, the U.S. Virgin Islands launched its Naturally in Rhythm campaign as we continue to be a leader in tourism recovery both globally and in the Caribbean. We encourage the yachting community to experience an authentic connection with the sea, our land, and our culture. The USVI is an oasis for guests to escape the stresses of city lifestyles and tap into the more natural rhythm of life. Sail, swim, or dive in one of the most amazing marine environments. Lay on some of the world’s best beaches and bask in the warm Caribbean sun, taste our unique cuisine, and explore our historic cobblestone streets and protected national parks.
Many thanks to the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht Association (VIPCA) and Oriel Blake, VIPCA Executive Director, for hosting this important annual event to provide opportunities for building relationships. VIPCA has gone above and beyond to meet its mission of promoting the USVI as a destination of choice for the yachting community and protecting the interests of our marine community and businesses.
My team and I look forward to networking with you. Have a wonderful 2022 USVI Charter Yacht Show.