US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association

VIPCA September 2020 Third Quarterly


IN THIS ISSUE by Executive Director, Oriel Blake
Yacht Show 2020 Special &

Territorial Updates Pertaining to COVID-19


New: 2020 Yacht Show Features Online Element! 


The show will go on! Show organizers know that nothing beats a physical yacht show to showcase any vessel and crew combination to charter brokers, which is why VIPCA is hosting the 4-day event at Yacht Haven Grande November 12-15 this year with rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols and a digital element for those brokers who decide to stay home. The digital element could never replace attending the event in person and at this time the USVI is on track to reopen to tourism with the go-ahead for term-yacht charters from September 19th with day charters recommencing operation September 8th. It is also unlikely that a Government shutdown will reoccur in the Territory in November owing to such a successful hurricane season lockdown and reduction of local cases of the Coronavirus.


NEW FOR 2020: Exhibiting yachts in the marina shall be filmed with yacht tours and crew interviews for the benefit of brokers who cannot attend and must view online. VIPCA has arranged for the service of a professional film crew for all yacht show registered yachts present in Yacht Haven Grande marina during the yacht show Nov 12-15th. VIPCA broker members will be able to log-on to the show online upon payment of $50 for individual password access.


Continue reading for: September 8th “Safer at Home” Press Release

Continue reading for: the COVID-19 Show Safety Protocols

Register for: the Online Element to the 2020 Yacht Show





1.  As a physically attending charter broker, the show will continue as per usual with yacht viewings in the marina daily 8.30am – 5.30pm. This year all evening events will be hosted onboard yachts with a limit of four charter brokers per yacht at any time. Live streamed industry updates and hosted seminars will be viewable on the yachts television screens “live” during each evening. Evening catering will be provided for all show participants by Moe’s Fresh Market in individual pre-packaged, compostable containers. See schedule online.

2.  You may login to the online elements of the show with free access at any time. Your password will be given upon registration at the marina.





1.  You may still attend! Register online as per usual, selecting the drop-down box for “virtual attendance.” Then pay for online registration.

2.  VIPCA broker members can pay for the password to access online yacht tours, crew interviews and industry update seminars for $50 per broker. The content will be uploaded during the course of the yacht show with live elements Nov 12-15th.

3.  Password access will be provided to each yacht’s 360 degree photographic tours (where available), and will be downloadable and shareable with your charter clients for marketing.

4.  If the show goes entirely virtual then all member brokers* will be invited to attend the yacht show online for $50 per individual registration. Non members can join VIPCA first, and then pay $50 per broker for online access to the yacht show. *Memberships cover all employees of any member brokerage.





1.  Active VIPCA vessel members can pay now for show registration. The “early bird rate” of $400 per yacht shall apply until October 1st. Invoices will be emailed.

2.  Make your berthing arrangements and payment directly with the marina office in . Berthing will be $1.50 per foot per day November 4 through November 22. An additional 10 percent early-bird discount shall be applied to dockage paid in full before September 11.

3.  Captains and Crew register in person on 9am – 6pm Nov 11th at the VIPCA yacht show registration tent in Yacht Haven Grande.

4.  Physical yacht viewings by brokers daily 8.30am – 5.30pm in addition to optional lunch and evenings hosting brokers onboard following the COVID-19 safety protocols with no more than 4 brokers onboard at any time. Evening catering will be provided for all show participants by Moe’s Fresh Market in individual pre-packaged, compostable containers. See schedule online.

5.  The professional photography crew will film for 30 minutes to be produced into approximately a 10 minute clip of yacht tour and a 10 minute clip of crew interview at a scheduled time during the show. You will be provided the format and interview questions in advance, along with its allocated time.

6.  Waypoint Branding is offering discounted rates for a full 360 degree photographic tour prior to and after the yacht show. The recording would take 1.5hrs and must be arranged directly with Ted Norris, owner of Waypoint Branding / Pamlico Group.

7.  In the event that the yacht show needs to be converted from a physical event to a virtual show all yachts will still be invited to arrive in the marina at Yacht Haven Grande at “show berthing rates” for the same dates, and will be allotted a one-hour slot on Nov 12-14th for your yacht tour and crew interview (as per above point 3). We encourage booking a 360 degree photographic yacht tour with Waypoint branding (as per above point 4). These recorded yacht tours and crew interviews will comprise the backbone of the online yacht show and be valuable marketing material for the season ahead.





VIPCA has negotiated extremely reduced rates for any exhibiting yacht interested in having a professional 360 degree photography tour shot pre or post show for marketing use. See below rates and contact Ted Norris <> to book:


·    $350 for yachts / catamarans 60 feet and smaller

·    $450 for yachts / catamarans 61 feet – 80 feet

·    $550 for yachts / catamarans 81 – 100 feet

·    Quote for yachts over 100 feet





In this climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of the USVI Charter Yacht Show, the Virgin Island Professional Charter Association (VIPCA), are taking the matter of protecting its show attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff very seriously. In preparation for the November 12-15th 2020 show, VIPCA has developed a revised schedule of events and protocols for a safe, hygienic, productive, and high-quality organized event. VIPCA carefully developed the following protocols to provide charter brokers and yacht crew with the necessary assurance that they will be able to safely connect with one another at this year’s show.


1.  COVID-19 Testing: All charter brokers, yacht crew and their managers, VIPCA staff, plus any individual that will be onboard any of the yachts during the show, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, or positive antibody test, received within 5 days of their initial arrival to St. Thomas*. Should any participants fail to produce a negative Covid-19 test at registration, then they must schedule an appointment 72 hours in advance through the Yacht Haven Grande Marina Office (340) 774-9500 before show admittance will be granted. Additionally all vessels must complete the marina’s questionnaire form prior to arrival to confirm passenger health status and previously visited locations that may be on the Federal and/or local government’s watch-list. The only exceptions to the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test would be that the participant has just come out of quarantine (e.g., having delivered their yacht directly to Yacht Haven Grande from a 14 day passage subject to applicable and current policies in effect by both Yacht Haven Grande and local government as it relates to travel restrictions and testing requirements).

2.  Thermal Screening: VIPCA staff members will be located at the marina dock gates and will be conducting daily forehead temperature scans of all participants prior to entry. Participants are asked not to attend if they are feeling unwell and temperatures must be below CDC recommendation of 100.4 F (38.0 C) or participants will be denied admittance.Exhibitors whom remain within the marina shall also have their temperature taken daily onboard their yacht.

3.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Participants including charter brokers, yacht crew and their managers, vendors, plus marina and VIPCA staff are required to wear a face mask at all times except for when eating or drinking. Further items of PPE such as gloves and eye shields are optional and may be used in line with local government and health authority advice.

4.  Cleaning & Hygiene: All yachts, event spaces and marina facilities shall follow the guidelines provided by the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the American Cleaning Institution, and the World Health Organization. This includes complete overnight disinfection and continuous sanitation by 60%+ alcohol. Ashore event spaces’ (including the business Wi-Fi lounge and restrooms) cleaning shall be subcontracted to a 3rd party cleaning service. Yacht crew are requested to use 60%+ alcohol to wipehigh-touch areas such as handrails, door handles, restrooms, and food and beverage areas hourly throughout the course of the Yacht Show.

5.  Personal hygiene: Entrances to the marina, event spaces, marina facilities and embarkation gangways on yachts will have hand sanitizing stations. There will be additional hand washing facilities provided onboard yachts (upon the crews’ consent) with a restroom provided by obliging exhibiting yachts allocated to charter broker use, encouraging all participants to regularly wash and disinfect their hands and to reduce use of public restrooms ashore.

6.  Registration physical distancing: Yacht Show registration for attendees and yacht crew will be held outdoors under a tented area with three separated registration tables reached by three separated lines, each line to have six foot distances marked for social distancing. Registration documents, such as dock maps, show information, etc. shall be provided in clear plastic sleeves so that they may be easily sanitized with wipes. Yacht Crew registration shall be open 8am – 6pm on November 10th and Charter Yacht Broker Registration shall be open 8am – 8pm on November 11th and 8am – 3pm on the 12th, 13th and 14th.

7.  General physical distancing: Participants are requested to maintain proper distance and to use alternative ways to greet each other and to avoid physical contact such as handshakes and embraces. Digital alternatives to printed materials such as business cards and sales brochures are strongly recommended. Four (4) charter brokers are permitted to be onboard any yacht at any time, in addition to its yacht crew. This includes the “Progressive Dinner” event. Shoes should be left at the gangway, with yacht crew shoes carried inside so that four (4) pairs of shoes as a maximum are ever visible when boarding any yacht. Ashore event spaces and facilities shall have a one-way traffic system, onsite signage and floor markings, and onsite social distance ambassadors.

8.  Food and beverage stations: Food shall be pre-packaged in compostable take-out containers and served with compostable knives and forks. Packaging of the food containers shall take place in the commercial kitchen of our exclusive caterer, Moe’s Fresh Market. If any queuing is anticipated, food shall be distributed from multiple stations reached by lines with six foot distance floor markings with the assistance of onsite social distance ambassadors who shall discourage crowds from gathering.

9.  Evening and lunch events: No events shall occur as a gathering ashore. Instead, there shall be broker lunches and dinners hosted onboard exhibiting yachts with a maximum of four (4) brokers per vessel. Lunches and Evenings shall be as follows and will always be inclusive of all Brokers in attendance:

10.  Crew competitions: Judges of the Culinary and Cocktail Competitions shall have provided a COVID-19 negative test within five days prior to their judging, and these competitions shall proceed as usual.


Please Note: Show protocols and its schedule are being adapted as the COVID 19 situation evolves in accordance with official government and local authority guidance. All events shall comply with current local ordinances as it relates to COVID-19 measures including any imposed curfews, alcohol restrictions, crowd gathering sizes, etc.



U.S. Virgin Islands Government Updates



September 8, 2020

Governor Bryan Moves Territory to “Safer at Home” Status


U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – During his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. allowed a number of restrictions under the “Stay at Home” order to expire, effectively moving the Territory up to “Safer at Home” status, meaning that nonessential businesses are allowed to reopen (September 8th).


Governor Bryan also said the Territory is scheduled to resume leisure travel on September 19, which means that hotels, Airbnbs, villas and other tourist accommodations may begin taking reservations again.


(NOTE BY VIPCA: Day charter yachts can recommence operation from September 8th with residents and term charter yachts can recommence operation with tourists September 19th.)


During this current phase, visitation to nursing homes and senior assisted living facilities remains prohibited, bars are to remain closed and beaches are to close at 4 p.m. on weekends.


“We understand that COVID doesn’t know what time it is, but our decision to close the beaches at 4 p.m. is to discourage the partying and gatherings that traditionally occur on our beaches in the late afternoon hours,” Governor Bryan said. “The restriction on gatherings greater than 50 persons and the requirements of facial coverings and social distancing remain in effect.”


During the “Safer at Home” phase, restaurants will be allowed to resume dine-in operations under the following conditions:

·    No serving of alcohol at bar counters

·    No more than six persons per table

·    Tables must be 6 feet apart

·    Employees must wear facial coverings at all times

·    Patrons should wear facial coverings whenever they are not seated at a table


All visitors and residents must provide proof of a negative PCR test to enter the Territory or must go into 14-day quarantine upon arrival.


The Governor also said that he expects testing at the Territory’s airports to begin by the end of the month. He also said that the situation remains fluid and restrictions could change at any time.


“We are moving toward this new phase because our locally owned small businesses can not sustain a continued indefinite closure,” Governor Bryan said. “I have to remind the public that since I last addressed you that we have lost four more Virgin Islanders to this virus. It remains deadly and it remains serious.




Read the full press release at this link

Read the latest published Executive Orders at this link


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