CEDS Government Meeting

Friday August 9, VIPCA attended the second Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting with the Governor and various heads of Government and Private Sectors.

The Governor (roughly quoted) stated that fixing the state of the Territory is like fixing a moving train. We must no longer mimic years previous like actors in a play, but grasp the new and unique opportunities by remaking and re-branding. There are things bigger than pot holes! Resilience begins with resilient people and with 30% of the population below the poverty line and 128 million dollars spent on the sick there is much work to be done.

“Tourism is the main business and we have to be extraordinary at it.”

A presentation was given by Damien Cartwright explaining the expansion and upgrades to be made to the Cyril E. King Airpot and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Terminal in St. Croix. The St. Thomas airport is to include a dock; VIPCA is presently working on directing this dock-build to be for the purpose of both commercial and recreational charter vessels, as well as private.

VIPCA Marine Apprenticeship – it’s a wrap for 1019

Ten students become marine professionals with help of community

June Second Quarterly Newsletter

June 2019 Second Quarterly Newsletter – VIPCA

Marine Career Talk given at CAHS

VIPCA spoke to 200 students today graduating from Charlotte Amalie High School – giving insight into what careers potential there are in the marine industry, and offering the opportunity to of a scholarship on the VIPCA Marine Apprenticeship July – Aug 2019. This is an intensive captains training with thanks to many industry leaders who donate time to training the students both on the water as captains and ashore in the marine services which support the vessels.

VIPCA a leading component of the “U.S. Virgin islands Vision 2040” initiative

Governor Bryan announced during the State of the Territory Address that a 20-year economic vision for the Territory would be developed and called the “U.S. Virgin islands Vision 2040” initiative.  He designated the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) to lead the effort.  An RFP has been issued to retain a Vision 2040 consultant and an Evaluation Committee is being appointed to evaluate bids and make a recommendation.

VIPCA was honoured to have been appointed to be a member of the Vision 2040 Request for Proposal (RFP) Evaluation Committee. Oriel Blake spent one day evaluating the various applications on May 28, 2019.

VIPCA continues to dedicate time and efforts to bring the Marine Industry to the forefront of expenditure decisions made by the Government of the Virgin Islands.

 

 

19 Maritime Academy students from STX Central High School graduated from the World Ocean School St.Croix

Newsflash:
19 Maritime Academy students from STX Central High School graduated from the World Ocean School St.Croix. Through this workforce development program World Ocean School students had the opportunity to see themselves in a different way, were exposed to a multitude of new opportunities, and are on track to contribute to the community, and this critical industry, in a significant and much needed way.
VIPCA is proud to support Program Manager Nick Parker and Executive Director Eden Leonard in furthering the World Ocean School training possibilities in the VI.

Marine Career Talks Given at Eudora Kean High School

VIPCA spoke to today to graduating from Eudora Kean High School giving insight into what careers potential there are in the marine industry, and offering the opportunity to of a scholarship on the VIPCA Marine Apprenticeship July – Aug 2019. This is an intensive captains training with thanks to many industry leaders who donate time to training the students both on the water as captains and ashore in the marine services which support the vessels.

Small Business Development Centre – VIPCA on the Board

VIPCA participated in the first annual Board Meeting for the SBDC by teleconference March 18, 2019

May 22, 2019 VIPCA met in the Nisky Center with Steen C. Stovall, Interim State Director, Virgin Islands SBDC to discuss what advice could be given to new businesses starting-up in the Virgin Islands in the Marine Charter Industry.

 

Feedback from the marine charter sector for SBDC’s guidances to new charter businesses:
  • Sign up with one of the major Caribbean Clearinghouses and also list yourself with Central Yacht Agent (centralyachtagent.com) in order to be listed on a yacht charter brokers website at some point in the future. This will also allow you to be found by us and other yacht charter brokers when we conduct yacht searches for potential charter clients.  
  • Attend the USVI Charter Yacht Show for charter brokers to gauge a better understanding of the industry and to integrate into it.
  • Join Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA)
  • Join a Virgin Islands based Clearing house: Charter Caribe, Charter House, Charter Yacht Solutions, VINE Charters

 

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USVI Charter Yacht Show Preview

 


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March 27, 2019
 
USVI Charter Yacht Show Set for November 11-14, 2019 @ IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande, in St. Thomas
 
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The USVI Charter Yacht Show, the premier event in the U.S. Virgin Islands for charter brokers and crewed yachts to see and be seen, is set for November 11 to 14, at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande. This ‘Best of all World’s Show’,organized by the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) features a unique chance for charter brokersto see an impressive display of sail and power catamarans,monohulls and luxury motor yachts in one location. It also allows crews, managers and local vendors to kick off their Caribbean season and promote themselves and their services at one of the finest global luxury superyacht marinas.
 
“IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande Marina is the perfect charter base, especially to showcase large yachts,” says Bert Fowles, vice president of sales and marketing for IGY Marinas, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “We invite yacht crews to arrive in early November, see our new additions, facilities and services at the Show, and get a jump-start on the season.”
 
image008.jpgJump-Start the Charter Season
 
IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande Marina is making it easy, and inexpensive, for crews to jump start their season early. First, the exceptionally low Show berthing rate of $1.50 per foot per day commences November 3 and extends through till November 22. Second, there’s an additional 10 percent early-bird discount for dockage paid in full before October 15. Third, the ‘on arrival’ fuel rate comes with a 15 percent discount. What’s more, yachts traveling north from the Southern Caribbean for the show or charter in this area afterwards can enjoy a five percent dockage discount at IGY Marinas in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, and Isle de Sol, St. Martin, from November 1 to December 15, 2019.
 
“Being in the Virgin Islands earlier in the season gives crews an opportunity to tour the islands pre-show, giving more in depth and up to date knowledge of the cruising grounds, businesses and services offered as often a lot of changes happen during the off season when local businesses use this time for major renovations or add or change services,” says Jamie Deehan, captain of the 52-foot sailing catamaran, SV Island Hoppin. “These insights can then be explained to brokers at the show, showing the crew as experts on the cruising grounds and allowing the brokers to better explain conditions and activities to guests. This translates to a better charter experience for both guests and crew, hopefully leading to repeat guests and growth in the industry.”
 
Large Yachts Welcome
 
Over 60 yachts are expected to attend,including catamarans80-feet and longer and motor yachts in the 100- to 150-foot range. The latter is a segment of the Caribbean crewed charter market that IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande marina caters to in a signature way. This includes everything from marina operations to services and amenities, which includein-slip high-speed fueling, waste and oil removal, 24-hour security, on property shops and restaurants, and nearby access to the island’s best yacht provisioning, catering, laundry, fitness center and ships’ chandlery. These are all elements that led IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande Marina to be named the 2016 Superyacht Marina of the Year and receive the coveted 5 Gold Anchor Award.
 
“Last year we chose the USVI show because we feel as though it was held at a nicer marina and is run very efficiently,” says Jon Bellemare, captain of the 83-foot Prout catamaran, Blue Gryphon. “IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande does an extremely good job of accommodating a vessel of our size. We dock there quite frequently during the charter season and they are always willing to move other boats around to make sure we can fit in their marina.They provide great services when it comes to provisioning (the golf carts are key!) as well as guests arrival and drop off. We find that our guests are happy with the service they get from the marina and our trips always start and end on a good foot!”
 
image009.jpgA Broker’s Paradise
 
Over 100 charter brokers from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe are expected to attend this ‘must do’ show for international yacht charter professionals. Easy airlift via direct flights to St. Thomas from major U.S. international gateway cities such as Boston, Chicago, JFK-New York, Newark-New Jersey, Washington Dulles, Charlotte, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and Miami make it easy to fly to St. Thomas from the U.S. or Europe. For those attending the BVI Charter Yacht Show, the USVI Charter Show offers direct water taxi service from the BVI to IGY Yacht Haven Grande with expedited US Customs clearance. Once in the USVI, there are discounted rates at the Show’s preferred hotels.
 
“A growing number of boats in the fleet are basing themselves in the US Virgin Islands, and paired with the ease of client arrival, the number of participants in the show has grown exponentially”, says Emily Mack, president of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA). IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande’s “offering of a large number of slips on easy to travel concrete docks, allows the yachts to be situated closely together – allowing brokers to see more yachts. The facility itself offers plenty of restrooms, eateries either on site or nearby, as well as last year offering an air conditioned ‘brokers lounge’ with Wi-Fi (very helpful when trying to keep business rolling while attending the show). Many yachts are choosing to offer YHG as a pick-up point for their charter guests, being not only closer to the airport but offering a picturesque, manicured first impression when boarding your charter yacht.”
 
New for 2019
 
The 2019 USVI Charter Yacht Show’s dynamic action-packed schedule features four days of yacht viewing, an outstandingopportunity for yachts and crews to highlight signature services, features and amenities to brokers. Plus, there will be a crew cocktail party, awards dinner, sunset cruise, marine expo, and the always anticipated ‘State of the Industry’ address, which highlights many of the off-the-beaten-track anchorages in these world-famous cruising grounds.
 
“New, there will be a ‘Chef and Bartender Expo’ hosted by Celebrity Chef-Boxer Julius Jackson, which will exhibit all the territory has to offer in food and beverages,” says Oriel Blake, VIPCA’s executive director. “The increasingly prestigious culinary competition will be judged over two days to include more competitors. This year not only is the bar being raised for mixologists, but for chef, yacht and crew competitions with a formal panel of judges to assess the ‘Best of the Best’ for the 2019/2020 season. Last but not least, anticipate a positive shake-up to the ‘themed yacht-hop’this year.”
 
Crewed Yachts should register by July 1 to receive 20% off with an Early Bird Show Registration Discount. Charter Brokers are also encouraged to register early. For moreinformation and to register, visit:www.vipca.org
 
Sponsors of the USVI Charter Yacht show include the USVI Department of Tourism; Yacht Haven Grande; IGY Marinas; Offshore Marine; the Gowrie Group; Denison Yacht Sales; Moe’s Fresh Market; Stoli, distributed by West Indies Company; Captain Morgan, distributed by Bellows International; the Charter Yacht Broker Association; Cardow Jewelers; Harbor Shoppers and La Royale Cosmetics.
 
ABOUT VIPCA
 
VIPCA is the territory’s 501(c)(6) nonprofit marine association, whose purpose is to promote, protect and further the capabilities of charter yachts and the marine businesses that sustain them. Projects and initiatives VIPCA membership supports includes producing a marine directory of local information, technical advice and resources; improving Customs and Border Protection facilities; gaining ease of access for charter vessels between the USVI and Spanish Virgin Islands; compliance guidance; moving forward a proposal to manage territory wide new transient moorings; marine vocational training for V.I. youth; and surveying and cleaning up bays and mangroves under the organization’s charity fiscally sponsored by Community Foundation Virgin Islands (CFVI.net), VI Marine Rebuild Fund.