Department Of Tourism Introduces Sizzlin’ Summer Sampler

New package invites travelers to stay and play in America’s Caribbean

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, March 20, 2008 – This summer is sure to sizzle when the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism invites travelers to experience everything that St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas have to offer – from kayaking to golf – all while taking advantage of the cool savings offered with the new Sizzlin’ Summer Sampler. Encouraging longer visits with a complimentary fourth or fifth night and a $50-$100 resort credit, the package is also designed to entice guests to explore the sites, flavors and culture of America’s Caribbean with a $50-$100 gift card, plus up to $200 in savings on a host of included experiential activities, tours and extras.

“Whether they are a first time visitor or planning a return trip, there is always so much more for visitor’s to discover in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” states Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “Our duty-free shopping, award-winning beaches and endless options for outdoor adventure always allow our guests to experience something new and exciting during their stay. And with our Sizzling Summer Sampler package, guests can enjoy it all at a significant savings.”

Those who book the Sizzlin’ Summer Sampler between April 15 and July 31, 2008 for travel between May 1 and August 15, 2008 receive a fifth night free and a $50 gift card. Travelers who book between June 15 and October 15, 2008 for travel between August 16 and October 31, 2008 receive a fourth night free and a $100 gift card.

Participating hotels include: The Buccaneer, Carambola Beach Resort, Chenay Bay Resort, Club St. Croix, Colony Cove, Divi Carina Bay Resort, Hotel Caravelle, Palms at Pelican Cove and Sand Castle on the Beach in St. Croix. Also included are The Westin Resort, Maho Bay and Gallows Point on St. John, as well as the Best Western Emerald Beach, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Windward Passage, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, Pavilions & Pools, Point Pleasant Resort, Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina Sapphire Village, Secret Harbour Beach Resort, Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa and Island Beachcomber Hotel on St. Thomas.

The Sizzling Summer Sampler applies to new bookings only. Reservations for this promotion can be made through a number of tour operators, including BookIt.com, Creative Leisure International, Vacation Express, Funjet Vacations, Spirit Vacations, United Vacations, Delta Vacations, Future Vacations, Continental Airlines Vacations, CheapCaribbean.com, Travelocity, TNT Vacations, GoGo Worldwide Vacations, US Airways Vacations, Travel Impressions, Classic Vacations, Total Vacations, Expedia, Orbitz, Apple Vacations and Costco Travel.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, visit usvitourism.vi. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.