For Immediate Release
Source: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
Alani Henneman-Todman, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
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Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence
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From left: U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte, Assistant Commissioner of Tourism Alani Henneman-Todman and U.S. Virgin Islands Italy representative Olga Mazzoni with travel partners in Milan over the weekend
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ROLLS OUT WELCOME MAT TO ITALIAN TRAVELERS
USVI Tourism Commissioner meets tour operators, media and global airline executives in Milan
MILAN, Italy (October 11, 2021) – As the United States prepares to welcome European visitors once again this November, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is taking its marketing messages to Italy.
“Italy is one of a select group of international markets in which the Territory will
strategically focus its marketing activities in the coming weeks and months,”
said USVI Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte, who added that the
Department has also identified Canada and Scandinavia as key markets for the
While in Milan, the Commissioner and members of his team had one-on-one meetings with leading Italian tour operators and media partners, including consumer and travel trade writers and influencers.
Industry stakeholders traveled from cities such as Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Rimini,
Treviso, Turin, Venice and Varese to engage with Tourism representatives; learn
about the Territory’s experience, challenges and successes in managing the
COVID-19 pandemic; and receive updates on the status of the Territory’s
accommodations, including the burgeoning sharing economy, villa and
The Commissioner reported that the Territory is committed to expanding its reach
and relationship with Italian travelers. “The stakeholders we met truly honored
us with their presence, interest and confidence in the USVI. We are one of the first long-haul destinations to invest in coming to Italy to engage with these professionals and remind them that a warm welcome awaits pandemic-weary Italian visitors,” said Commissioner Boschulte, who was impressed with the strength of the country’s health safety protocols and the incredible progress Italy has made – especially with
vaccination efforts – after a very difficult start to the pandemic.
The Department of Tourism team also educated their Italian colleagues about the
Territory’s Travel Screening Portal, which has been a critical tool in helping
to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the Territory.
“As restrictions for Europeans seeking to travel to America begin to ease, the U.S.
Virgin Islands wants to ensure that we remain a top-of-mind destination in key
markets where we already have strong brand recognition. Our efforts in Milan
and beyond are part of a comprehensive, concerted effort to attract more
international visitors to our shores,” said the Territory’s tourism leader, who
added that the U.S. Virgin Islands’ marketing messages also remind international
travelers about the ease and comfort of traveling under the U.S. flag during
Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte and Assistant Commissioner Alani Henneman-Todman with John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning, of Spirit Airlines
During World Routes 2021, an international conference that brings together decision makers from the global airline route development community, the USVI delegation held discussions with airline representatives to explore opportunities to grow
international arrivals into the Territory.
“We experienced strong airlift performance this spring and summer, but we are not
resting on our laurels. We must strengthen not only our domestic routes but
must also seek opportunities for international carriers to bring guests to the
U.S. Virgin Islands, especially the big island of St. Croix,” said Commissioner
At the conclusion of their business in Italy, Commissioner Boschulte and his team will
travel to Denmark to meet with travel industry stakeholders and members of the
U.S. diplomatic community in Copenhagen.
Laura Jackson, Vice President of Air Service Development of Denver International Airport (center), met with Commissioner Boschulte and Assistant Commissioner Alani Henneman-Todman at World Routes in Milan this week.
About the U.S. Virgin Islands
For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com, follow us on Instagram (@visitusvi) and Twitter (@usvitourism), and become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI). When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.