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Thursday, August 18, 2022


July 23, 2001 – A "Touch of Island Hospitality" fun day will start at noon Sunday at Marriott Morningstar Beach, featuring everything from beach bed-racing to a gourmet bite from Banana Tree Grille or the Old Stone Farmhouse.
The event is the brainchild of the hospitality focus group of the St. Thomas-St. John Hotel and Tourism Association and the V. I. Tourism Department. The group was spawned late last year to bolster tourism on the islands. It was founded by Carter Donovan, then manager of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Jayne Hillner, general manager of Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel, and David Yamada, general manager of The Renaissance Grand Beach Resort.
The group, which includes professionals from restaurants, taxis, and retail outlets, had education as its first priority. Earlier this year it held a five-day workshop conducted by American Express, "Service Excellence," which more than 500 hospitality employees attended.
The fun day at Morningstar is to raise funds for other projects, such as island signage, island beautification and an exit survey for visitors. There will be a $1 shuttle bus starting at noon from Havensight Mall to the beach where admission is free.
Aside from games and dancing to P'Your Passion and Dr. Liburd, there's music by James Anderson and Carl Freeman, with disc jockey Tom Hightree and emcee Tara Richardson. There's an art show by local artists, food and drink by many island restaurants for sale all day, and sand castle and sand candle instruction by local candlemaker Jason Budsen. The party lasts until sunset.

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