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May 16, 2007

Eleventh Annual Ruby Rutnik Tournament Raises Nearly $30,000 for Scholarship Fund

From the St. John Tradewinds:

"Clear skies and an enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 11th annual Ruby Rutnik Memorial Softball Tournament on Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, at the Winston Wells ball field in Cruz Bay.

The Central High Lady Caribs walked away with the title after beating the St. Thomas All Stars 16-10 at the Sunday championship game.

Nearly $30,000 was raised for the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to four Virgin Islands students each year."

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V.I. Tourism Gets Breath of Fresh Air

The St. Thomas Source is reporting:

"May 15, 2007 -- Upbeat, enthusiastic and excited would describe the atmosphere at the 14th annual USVI Destination symposium, which was held Tuesday at Frenchman’s Reef Marriott. “Do you know what that is in the air?” asked Rik Blyth. “That is the smell of fresh air.” Blyth is president of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association and acted as emcee for the symposium. He said that that there was a whole new feel to the event, primarily because, “We are encouraged by the vision of our new administration and hope to be a partner in many programs designed to improve and promote our tourism product.” That feeling was held by many of the 150 attendees who warmly applauded Department of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, who said of the association, “They have spearheaded this remarkable event from its inception and continue to make a significant contribution to the growth of our tourism product and within the travel industry.”

More here.

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May 15, 2007

YES! YES! YES!

Our good friend and former colleague Beverly Nicholson Doty is the new head of the Department of Tourism. This can only mean good things for the USVI. From Travel Weekly:

USVI tourism commissioner lays out plans first year in office (05/14/2007)

St. Croix a top priority; tourist offices to go 'virtual' with mainland closures

By Gay Nagle Myers

Beverly Nicholson Doty, the commissioner of tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands since her nomination by the governor and approval by the USVI legislature in March, hit the ground running.

Her unofficial "coming-out party" is set for May 15 when she addresses tour operators, hoteliers and other private-sector partners as well as government representives attending the 14th Annual U.S. Virgin Islands Destination Symposium in St. Thomas where she will detail her top objectives and goals.

"As head of the Dept. of Tourism, I am mandated by law to increase overall visitor count, increase overall spending by visitors, develop relationships with the private sector and form alliances where we can partner together," Nicholson Doty said. "The legislature is very precise on this. In addition, we must develop branding for St. Croix and work to increase visitor numbers specifically on that island."

Good luck to Beverly and all of her new staff.

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