VI Students Compete for Junior Tourism Commissioner Title

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, August 13, 2015 – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism will host the annual Inter-Island Junior Tourism Commissioner Competition on Friday, August 14, 2015 on St. Thomas.  The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of Tourism Welcome Center on Kronprindsens Gade.  The winner will be named Junior Tourism Commissioner for 2015/2016 and will join the Commissioner of Tourism at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) State of the Industry Conference in Curacao this October to present at a Caribbean-wide competition with other students from around the region.

The Junior Tourism Commissioner Competition was developed by the CTO to introduce Caribbean students to the fundamental role of tourism in the economic development of their countries.

“We are delighted to offer this program once again in the U.S. Virgin Islands, providing our students with a forum to express their views on tourism-related issues,” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty.  “Since tourism will remain the main economic engine for our islands in the foreseeable future, it’s important to provide opportunities where students, our future business and community leaders, can develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the tourism industry.”

Representing St. Croix is Tywreh Nelson of the St. Croix Educational Complex.

Jonisha Aubain from Charlotte Amalie High School will represent St. Thomas.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event and share the vision of these talented young people with the Virgin Islands community.  For more information please contact Alvin Milligan at 340-772-0357 or

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Luana Wheatley
USVI Department of Tourism
Director, Film Office
(340) 774-8784 ext. 2243