The V.I. government is promising that arriving at the St. Thomas airport is going to be less stressful and more welcoming. The new commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson Doty, told a travel industry publication one of her top initiatives will be to improve the "arrival experience at the airport and all ports of entry."
The gauntlet of porters, sometimes-working baggage belts, and taxi drivers was the major complaint of News of St. John readers reacting to comments by Berkeley Young of Randall Travel Marketing about how tourists are treated. (Part one, Part two).
Doty also told Travel Weekly she intends to redesign the territory’s USVItourism.vi Web site. She has also launched a new one, admittedly with not much to it, at usvi-ideas.com/. She’s encouraging people to comment and offer ideas how the islands’ tourism business can improve.