New Bookable Offer From The USVI Department Of Tourism Available Exclusively At The Villages

Residents invited to indulge in the sights, sounds and flavors of the USVI and save $500

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, October 20, 2011 – The U.S. Virgin Islands’ Department of Tourism is pleased to announce that its latest bookable offer, featuring $500 in savings on a pre-holiday trip to St. Thomas and St. John, is dedicated exclusively to The Villages community.

Travelers who book The USVI Villages Vacation promotion with accommodations on St. Thomas or St. John will, upon arrival at their hotel, receive a welcome package that includes $200 in dining certificates, $200 in shopping certificates and $100 in activity certificates. The welcome package will also include a schedule of cultural activities available on St. Thomas at no cost to visitors booked on the promotion. The schedule includes activities such as historical walking and driving tours, an afternoon of VI-style high-tea (which includes tarts and local “bush-tea” – a blend of lemon grass and local herbs) and a cultural fair featuring traditional food, local arts & crafts, dance performances and mocko jumbies.

“Members of The Villages community who hail from the USVI, like Dick Doumeng and Maxine Fuentes, have long been singing praises of their island home,” said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “After participating in The Villages’ Travel Expo the past two years, we thought it was time to offer an exclusive deal that would give residents the opportunity to experience what their VI friends have been telling them about.”

Intentionally timed for travel right before the holidays, this package is perfect for residents at The Villages who are looking to get an early start on their holiday shopping in St. Thomas – the shopping Mecca of the Caribbean. Whether visitors choose to peruse the international designer boutiques, jewelry shops or local craft stores located in and around Charlotte Amalie, they’ll certainly find a multitude of ways to put their $1,600 duty-free allowance (available to U.S. residents only) to use.

The USVI Villages Vacation promotion is available through November 11 for travel from December 5 to 19, 2011. The offer applies to new bookings only and is based on double occupancy and a five-night minimum stay. The schedule of complimentary cultural activities is subject to change. Reservations for this promotion can be made through AAA Travel at the Villages and by

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