US Virgin Islands Puts Brakes on Leisure Travel to Battle COVID-19

first_img“We appreciate the concerns of our tourism partners and stakeholders, however, with the recent spike in cases we are seeing, especially in the St. Thomas-St. John district, we must reset, take stock, safeguard human life, and prepare for restarting our tourism economy at a later date,” said Commissioner of Tourism, Joseph Boschulte, as he spoke about the difficult but necessary decision. As of Thursday, there were 682 positive cases, 197 of which were active and 476 recovered. Nine deaths have been reported since the start of the pandemic. Reservations may only be accepted for business travellers, flight crews, emergency personnel, and government workers with written authorization from the relevant government agency they are visiting. Effective immediately, hotels, villas, Airbnb accommodations, guest houses, temporary vacation housing and charter vessels and similar businesses have been ordered not to accept or book any new reservations for 30 days. Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said that the Territory will revert to the “Stay-at-Home” (Orange alert) phase of its COVID-19 response, for the next two weeks, following which there will be a re-evaluation of the situation. The authorities also disclosed that a Filipino sailor, who spent five weeks in a medically-induced coma, underwent 12 weeks of treatment at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital’s COVID-19 unit before being repatriated to the Philippines COVID-free. “When we announced our COVID-19 alert system in May, I indicated at that time that we would retreat … to a more cautious state of alert if conditions warranted. Unfortunately, we have arrived at that point this week,” Governor Bryan said. “The recent infiltration of the virus into our residential institutions that house vulnerable members of our population creates an alarming level of risk,” the Governor said, adding “this adds to the stress of the ongoing pandemic response that seemingly has no end in sight and is wearing out our health care and public safety infrastructure”.center_img Beginning Monday, August 17 and lasting until August 31 unless lifted earlier, all restaurants in the Territory can offer only takeout, delivery or drive-thru service. All bars, nightclubs and cabarets are to remain closed as long as the Territory remains in a State of Emergency. He said from Monday, August 17, all non-essential businesses and churches have been ordered to cease operations and the public, including non-essential public sector workers, are ordered to stay at home. The authorities said that effective August 19, accommodations providers are barred from admitting or checking-in any guests for 30 days unless the order is lifted sooner. CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands – The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) authorities have announced plans to close its borders to leisure visitors for at least one month in an effort to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Virgin Islanders in the Territory and abroad are encouraged to travel only for urgent matters to help limit the contagion into and out of the U.S. Virgin Islands. CMClast_img read more

Caesars confirms Tony Rodio as new CEO

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts Caesars Entertainment Corporation has announced Tony Rodio as its new Chief Executive Officer.Rodio, currently CEO of Affinity Gaming, will transition to Caesars within the next 30 days, the company said in a Tuesday release. “Tony brings to Caesars a track record of operational excellence, proven leadership and deep industry knowledge and expertise,” said Caesars Chairman James Hunt.“Tony is a respected and highly accomplished executive who has successfully built and grown businesses in our industry throughout his career. We are confident that Tony has the vision and depth of operating experience to lead our talented senior management team as Caesars continues its long history of delighting our guests, fostering a welcoming and rewarding workplace for our team members and creating value for shareholders and other stakeholders.”The appointment of Rodio, who will replace outgoing boss Mark Frissora, is said to be at the behest of businessman Carl Icahn, who has aggressively acquired a 28.5% stake in Caesars since the start of the year. Icahn has also expressed a desire to either sell or merge the company as it looks to overcome significant debt.With that in mind, Caesars also announced on Tuesday the creation of a Transaction Committee “to oversee the company’s evaluation of ongoing efforts in creating additional shareholder value.”Although Caesars said that options included continuing to operate as an independent public company, it added that the decision to form the committee “follows inquiries from industry participants concerning possible transactions with Caesars.” Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more