They endured the economic downturn of the 2017 hurricanes and a protracted Main Street revitalization project, but nothing compares to the COVID-19 pandemic that has decimated the tourism industry they rely upon, say downtown St. Thomas merchants. #visource#usvi#news... See MoreSee Less
It is devastating to see this wonderful island suffering. So many new stores that weren't there on our yearly visits. St Thomas will come back.
I hope more will be done to attract hotel and villa rental tourists. They enjoy the beauty of the island and spread the dollars around. While I love the cruise ships, more and more their on board shops are selling the same product as the island shops.
I have never seen the streets empty of people the times I've been there. So sad.
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