The U.S. Virgin Islands have reopened following the passing of Hurricane Dorian. The islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix are bidding a warm welcome to guests who are arriving after the passing of the storm.
Now that the alerts, storm watches, warnings, and curfews are lifted, Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte thanked all tourism industry stakeholders for their quick action preparing for the storm, as well as opening up the Territory for business.
The storm brought strong winds and rainfall, especially to the St. Thomas-St. John district, but the Commissioner reported that there was very little damage to the tourism infrastructure, and hotels and other accommodation facilities are welcoming guests.
“We are thankful to our partners, including our airlines for sending extra aircraft today to mobilize our residents and visitors in and out of the Territory,” said Commissioner Boschulte, who confirmed that all airports and seaports are now open, facilitating the resumption of normal schedules.
“Virgin Islanders are resilient people, and we look forward to welcoming visitors as they relish the sunny skies forecast over the next few days,” he commented, while expressing his prayers and concern for those who are now in the storm’s path.
St. Thomas is one of the most popular cruise ports in the Eastern Caribbean and is visited by cruise ships from all the major cruise lines.