U.S. Virgin Islands Port Authority
The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) Gateway to the US Virgin Islands Economy owns and manages the two airports, the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport on St. Croix. The Port Authority also manages the majority of the pubic seaports and harbors in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tourism accounts for about 80 percent of the islands' gross domestic product and employment. The islands are a popular destination for travelers seeking the perfect vacation. These key factors make the airports and seaports in the territory a critical component in the strength and growth of islands' economy. Its mandate is to promote the wise use of these facilities for the betterment of the Virgin Islands and its people, while sustaining sound economic development.