~Tourism Returns to Downtown Charlotte Amalie~
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, December 15, 2014 – The Department of Tourism is pleased to announce their return to downtown Charlotte Amalie with new office space at 74B & 75 Kronprindsens Gade, behind the former USO Building. An official office blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. will be on hand to offer remarks.
“We are happy to bring the Tourism Office back into Charlotte Amalie where we are more accessible,” said Commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty. “Relocating not only means a significant savings in rent for the Department but also puts us closer to the center of tourist activity.”
Ironically, 1880 census records indicate that the building was owned by a merchant by the name of Duncan McDougall and was part of Hotel de Antilles. The Compagnie Generale Transatlantique was immediately next door at #76 Kronprindsens Gade. It is believed that the rooms where the office is located were kept exclusively for steamship passengers in transit between the West Indies and New York. It seems like a spot destined for the Department of Tourism.
Tours will be offered to any interested individuals following the ceremonies.