Department Of Tourism Introduces Winter Escape Promotion

Vacationers enjoy value-added travel and free gasoline

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, January 15, 2008 – As gas prices continue to soar, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism wants to ease the impact on stressed-out travelers with its new Winter Escape promotion. Not only do visitors to America’s Caribbean enjoy the ease and convenience of no passport requirements, but now they can enjoy a $200 gift card to spend while on vacation, as well as a $100 resort credit or a $100 discount on the room from participating hotels during their stay. And as an added value, the Department of Tourism will throw in $50 towards the purchase of gas when travelers return home.

“As a U.S. Territory, we appreciate the value of the dollar, and we want to give our visitors a chance to enjoy their vacation without worrying about increasing expenses at home,” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “By filling their tank when they get home, we are hoping to help them hold on to the vacation bliss they experienced during their long-awaited U.S. Virgin Islands vacation and ease back into reality just a little bit slower.”

The Winter Escape promotion is valid for bookings made February 3 – 16, 2008 for travel between February 19 and March 31, 2008. Participating hotels include Best Western Emerald Beach, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Windward Passage, Frenchman’s Reef Marriott, Islands Beachcomber Hotel, Pavilions and Pools, Point Pleasant Resort, Sapphire Beach Resort, Sapphire Village, Secret Harbour Beach Resort, and the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas, as well as The Buccaneer, Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Club St. Croix Beach Resort, Colony Cove Beach Resort, The Palms at Pelican Cove and Sandcastle on the Beach in St. Croix.

The Winter Escape promotion applies to new bookings only. Reservations will be offered through all major tour operators that work with the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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.