DeJongh leads delegation to New York to tout V.I. tourism

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ST. THOMAS ­- Governor John deJongh, Jr. led a delegation of Tourism Department officials and local members of the tourism industry on a four day mission to boost the territory's profile among New York journalists and travel planners this week.

The purpose of the trip was to maintain a strong influence in the territory's largest stateside market, according to Tourism Department spokeswoman Allegra Kean-Moorehead.

Kean-Moorehead, Gov. deJongh, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Tourism Deputy Commissioner Chantal Figueroa attended the trip, which was paid for by the Tourism Department. First Lady Cecile deJongh also attended as the vice chairwoman of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce. Twelve representatives from local hotels and resorts as well as two local chefs and a mixologists also attended, according to a statement release Friday from Government House.

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