U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SOLIDIFIES RELATIONSHIP WITH CRUISE LINES
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (center) listens attentively to cruise line executives in San Juan last week.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SOLIDIFIES RELATIONSHIP WITH CRUISE LINES
Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line (second from right), talks cruise tourism with (pictured clockwise) Commissioner Boschulte, WICO board member Jason Charles, and Governor Bryan.
CULTURAL ICON MOURNED IN U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (October 7, 2019) – The U.S. Virgin Islands is mourning the loss of one of its cultural icons, Lena Schulterbrandt, long recognized as a champion of the tradition and heritage of her home island of St. Croix.
Ian Turnbull, Director of the Department of Tourism’s Division of Festivals, said Mrs. Schulterbrandt was to be honored during this year’s Crucian Christmas Festival.
“Instead we now sadly mourn her passing and convey our condolences to her family, her loved ones and her legion of fans and followers,” said Turnbull.
The posthumous tribute to Mrs. Schulterbrandt will complement the festival’s theme: “What a sight to see: music, culture and pageantry”.
“Our plans to recognize such a grand figure during Cultural Night and to honor her contributions and her efforts to inspire our youth to be more involved in our heritage will continue, albeit posthumously,” added Shamari Haynes, Assistant Director of the Division of Festivals for St. Croix, who recalled Mrs. Schulterbrandt’s important work with the tourism department’s greeter’s program.
Haynes hailed Mrs. Schulterbrandt as a dedicated advocate for the preservation of Crucian culture and the development of culinary arts.
The schedule for this year’s Crucian Christmas Festival – one of three major annual cultural events celebrated throughout the Virgin Islands – has undergone a revival. Festivities will be held between December 6, 2019 and January 5, 2020.
St. Croix’s renowned musical group Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights will also be honored on its 50th anniversary in the music business. In honor of the group, the carnival village has been named “Stanleyville” this year.
ST. CROIX’S STANLEY AND THE TEN SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS TO BE HONORED
Photo credit: Malek Bascombe
Iconic Quelbe Band will be celebrated at 2019/2020 Crucian Christmas Festival
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (October 5, 2019) – St. Croix’s renowned musical group Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights will be honored at this year’s Crucian Christmas Festival on its 50th anniversary in the music business.
Newly-appointed Director of the Division of Festivals, Ian Turnbull, announced that the iconic group will be celebrated at the festival, whose carnival village has been named “Stanleyville” this year.
One of three major cultural events celebrated annually on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, this year’s Crucian festivities will be held on “The Big Island” between December 6, 2019 and January 5, 2020.
“It’s hard to find another musician (Stanley Jacobs) or musical group deserving of this honor after working tirelessly to keep our quelbe music and Crucian culture alive for more than five decades,” said Turnbull, who confirmed that culinary icon and culture bearer Lena Schulterbrandt will also be honored during the festival’s “Cultural Night”.
With the theme “What a sight to see: music, culture and pageantry”, this year’s festival schedule is undergoing a revival and will include calypso and soca events, a boat parade, food fair, pageants, reggae and latin nights, along with the traditional children’s and adult parades.
Shamari Haynes, the division’s assistant director for St. Croix, stated that new components of this year’s festival include a Sweet Bread and Jam Breakfast Fete in Christiansted, and Jou’Day, a day-time street party, each of which will showcase the food truck cuisine of St. Croix. Food trucks will also be able to park on the periphery of the festival village.
He reminded vendors participating in the festival of a committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at Gertrude’s restaurant at 5:30 p.m.
All vendors doing business with the Division of Festivals are required to have a valid USVI Business License and DUNS number.
For further information, vendors can contact the Division of Festivals at the Department of Tourism.
Assistant Director Haynes can be reached at 340-772-0357 or firstname.lastname@example.org, while Director Turnbull and Assistant Director for St. Thomas Halvor Hart III can be contacted at 340-774-8784, or email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively.
COMMISSIONER BOSCHULTE TO ADDRESS TOURISM MEETINGS IN MIAMI
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MIAMI (August 7, 2019) – United States Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte will lead the Territory’s delegation to the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair in Miami this week.
Commissioner Boschulte will deliver opening remarks at one of the world’s premier gatherings for journalism education, career development and networking opportunities, which draws leaders in journalism, media, technology, business, arts and entertainment and politics.
More than 3,000 of the nation’s top journalists, media executives, public relations professionals and students will gather for the conference from August 7 to 11, 2019.
The Commissioner joins a distinguished list of headline makers who have addressed the convention in the past, including then-Senator Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joseph Biden, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former Republican National Committee Chairs Michael Steele and Reince Priebus. Commissioner Boschulte will focus on the importance of the Territory’s tourism and economic recovery plans and strengthening ties with the African American community.
The Commissioner will also lead a panel discussion on “African American-Caribbean Connections – Building Bridges and Telling the Stories that Matter”. The panel will be moderated by Charlotte-based WSOC-TV reporter Ken Lemon and include former World Editor of The Miami Herald John Yearwood.
Also attending the convention is Virgin Islands author and filmmaker Peter Bailey, who will screen his film, “Paradise Discovered: The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders”. The screening is the 15th stop on Bailey’s nationwide tour that began on St. Thomas about a year ago. Following the film’s screening, Associated Press writer and frequent MSNBC contributor Errin Haines Whack will host a Q & A session with Bailey.
This year, the Department of Tourism will support the attendance of three students from the University of the Virgin Islands, while the USVI’s Spectrum Band and the Caribbean Ritual Dancers will provide entertainment for convention attendees.
Following the NABJ convention, Commissioner Boschulte will join USVI First Lady and Economic Development Authority Business Ambassador, Yolanda Bryan, in Atlanta for a Tourism Ambassadors reception, featuring performances by Spectrum Band, musical artist Mic Love and the Virgin Islands Heritage Dancers.
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