The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism celebrates the successful conclusion of the 2023 Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference and Operations Summit (CHICOS). Held on St. Thomas at the new Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef, the summit brought together key stakeholders, investors and dignitaries in hospitality and tourism.
The opening reception, hosted by the Department of Tourism, showcased a cultural immersion for summit attendees featuring electric performances by fire dancers and international reggae sensation Pressure, ending with a grand fireworks display. The stunning St. Thomas hillside provided a stunning backdrop for the event.
The summit began on Monday, Nov. 13, with a powerful welcome message from the U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., who discussed the importance of interconnectivity and cross-island collaboration throughout the Caribbean to continue growing the region as a leader in the hospitality space.
The Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference and Operations Summit has earned its reputation as the leading hospitality conference for the Caribbean region, attracting a diverse range of participants from governmental representatives and opinion leaders to developers, bankers, tourism officials and hotel brand executives.
This year’s conference served as a platform for attendees to network, share insights and discuss emerging trends to shape investment decisions in the Caribbean’s vibrant hospitality sector. Notable statistics showed how the U.S. Virgin Islands has catapulted to the top of many regional lists, citing increased visitation, turnkey marketing and bold leadership.
Commissioner Joseph Boschulte of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism was featured on two-panel discussions focused on investment and leadership. He said, “The opportunity to come together, share ideas, connect stakeholders and celebrate the ongoing growth of our regions tourism economy is not only needed but pertinent to our continued elevation. Many thanks to the CHICOS and HVS team for creating such an invigorating summit and entrusting the U.S. Virgin Islands to be this year’s host.”
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