The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) welcomed the United States Virgin Islands as its 25th member country.
In welcoming the new member, Chairman of the CTO Kenneth Bryan said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the United States Virgin Islands and Commissioner Boschulte to the Membership. Having one of the fastest-growing travel destinations in our fraternity further strengthens the Organization and enhances the spirit of collaboration and cohesion among our jurisdictions.
“The USVI has joined a community that is committed to working together to sustainably grow and develop Caribbean Tourism and we look forward to working with Commissioner Boshulte in this regard.”
The U. S. Virgin Islands joins CTO at a time when the organization seeks to refocus its mandate on shaping the Caribbean tourism sector of the future, according to a press release.
The CTO said it is confident that the renewed partnership will bring multiple positive outcomes for both parties and the wider membership.
Commissioner Boschulte of the U.S. Virgin Islands said: “The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is a key economic driver in the Caribbean’s growth and sustainability, and we are honored that the USVI is now a member. Sustainability is always top of mind for us as we look to maintain the tranquil and unspoiled landscapes of St Thomas, St Croix and St John.
“Eco-friendly practices are vital for keeping our islands clean and pristine and to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and ecosystems. We saw encouraging growth in tourism in the USVI in 2022. We look forward to working with the CTO in 2023 to create mechanisms to ensure that growth continues for both the USVI and our Caribbean neighbors.”