Report: U.S. Virgin Island Tourism Officials Optimistic Despite 14.4 Percent Drop


The Virgin Islands Daily News is reporting that U.S. Virgin Islands visitor arrivals dropped by 11.9 percent in April when compared to last year. But Tourism officials say, given the current economic climate, it could have been much worse.

According to the report, the V.I. Bureau of Economic Research released April's tourism indicators Tuesday which showed steady declines both in revenues and the number of people traveling to the territory. Tracking the total number of visitors who came to the Virgin Islands between January and April, the indicators showed a 14.4 percent decrease compared to the same period last year.