National Tourism Month to be Celebrated in the USVI

Activities focus on roadside cleanup and culture ~

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, May 6,  2015 – As part of the Annual “National Travel and Tourism Celebration,” the USVI Department of Tourism has planned a number of activities in the Territory designed to build tourism awareness, strengthen relationships with local tourism industry partners, and emphasize the importance of keeping the VI Nice and clean.

“Tourism Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of tourism to our economy and to celebrate the ladies and gentlemen working in this industry, contributing to our success as a destination,” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “Our activities this month are also designed to demonstrate pride for our home whether it be our roadside clean up, business networking or cultural extravaganzas. I encourage everyone to be a part of our month-long celebration.”

Following are more details on the week’s events:

May 11WEAR RED DAY

As a show of unity and support for the tourism industry all hospitality workers are encouraged to wear a red item of clothing or red accessory. 

May 14: Business Networking on St. Croix at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. Event features USVI Culinary Ambassador Chef Digby Stridiron Farm to Table specialties and the St. Croix Central High School Jazz Ensemble. Hours: 5:00pm-7:00 pm.

May 16: Territory Wide Roadside Clean Up. Come prepared with long pants, closed shoes, hat, sunscreen and gloves. Free t-shirts and water will be provided to all volunteers. Clean up starts at 7:00 am at the following zones:

St. Croix:
Zone 1: Frederiksted Town. Meet at Buddhoe Park
Zone 2: Frederiksted Beachfront. Meet at Vincent Mason Pool
Zone 3: Christiansted. Meet at Market Square
Zone 4: Airport Road. Meet at West Airport road

St. Thomas:
Zone 1: Downtown Charlotte Amalie. Meet at the Tourism Office
Zone 2: Subbase/Airport. Meet at Crown Bay Center
Zone 3: Long Bay Road. Meet at Pueblo
Zone 4: Smith Bay. Meet at Smith Bay Business Center
Zone 5: Red Hook. Meet at National Park Dock
Zone 6: Bolongo Bay/Bovoni. Meet at Bolongo Bay, Iggie’s Parking Lot

St. John:
Zone 1: Cruz Bay. Meet at Tourism Visitor Center
Zone 2: Coral Bay. Meet at Coral Bay Fire Station

May 22: Cultural Extravaganza at the Franklin Powell Park on St. John. Event features DJ Lanzt Brathwaite, Storytelling by Delroy “Ital” Anthony, face painting, a traditional breakfast tasting and local artisans. Instant photos will be available in our photo booth. Hours:10:00 am – 3:00 pm

May 30: Cultural Extravaganza at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas. Enjoy the cooking demonstrations from the students at the Raphael O. Wheatley Skill Center and Chef Taj’s local sushi rolls, learning broom making with master craftsman Justin Todman, entertainment by DJ Keg, Ulla F. Muller Panatics, Sebastien Majorettes, Pressure Busspipe, Kenya Eugene, Flip Switch and the Dancing Flowers Studio. There will also be a children’s corner and crafts center.

Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

For more information contact Keezi Pinney on St. Thomas at 774-8784,kjpinney@usvitourism.vi; on St. Croix, Alvin Milligan at 772-0357,amilligan@usvitourism.vi.

REMEMBER TOURISM: IT’S ALL OF US.

Additional information about National Travel & Tourism Week:

May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Month, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was initially established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Since its establishment, the U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies.

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Contact:

Luana Wheatley
Assistant Director of Communications
(340) 774-8784 ext. 2243
lawheatley@usvitourism.vi