According to a recent VI Consortium article, Governor Bryan attended this year’s Seatrade Global conference in April where he showcased the Virgin Islands’ pivotal role in global cruise tourism, emphasizing the territory’s impressive 5 percent share of the market. The governor also met with executives, stakeholders, and government officials from across the world discussing trends and partnerships in the cruise industry. Given that tourism generates 70% of the Virgin Islands’ economy, the governor stated that “these initiatives and investments are really proving to be worthwhile.” The conference may even be responsible for some legislative changes the governor says are in the pipeline. These aim to further enhance the cruise and tourism offerings, especially potential growth on St. Croix. Governor Bryan also expressed optimism that the exchanges of ideas during the event will lead to “exciting prospects” for the territory through new public-private partnerships.