Sizzlin’ Sampler Package Offers U.S. Travelers Fall Savings On A U.S. Virgin Islands Vacation

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, August 20, 2010 – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is offering travelers an opportunity to save $500 on a Fall getaway with the Sizzlin Sampler package. The offer includes a $350 instant credit on any booking of five nights or more at participating hotels, along with $50 in shopping certificates, $50 in attractions certificates and $50 in dining certificates. The promotion can be booked beginning August 23 through October 31 for travel between September 15 and December 15.

“With recent hikes in passport fees, travelers will be pleased to know that the USVI remains a ‘no passport required’ destination for U.S. citizens,” said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “The $500 savings we’re offering visitors is just one of many reasons why St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are great picks for a Fall getaway.” Events like the Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta on St. John, Sunset Jazz on St. Croix and the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament on St. Thomas are just a few of the many events taking place in the Fall. Visitors can maximize their experience by visiting two, or all three islands. The quick and affordable ferry service between St. Thomas and St. John and commuter plane service via Seaborne Airlines and Cape Air between St. Thomas and St. Croix make inter-island transfers seamless and hassle-free.

Hotels participating in the Sizzlin’ Sampler offer include: Anchorage Beach Resort, Best Western Carib Beach, Best Western Emerald Beach, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Crystal Cove, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, Pavilions and Pools, Point Pleasant Resort, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach Resort, Sapphire Village, Secret Harbour Beach Resort, Windward Passage Hotel and Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas; Concordia Eco Resort, Gallows Point Resort, Maho Bay Camps and The Westin St. John Resort & Villas on St. John; The Buccaneer, Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Club Comanche, Club St. Croix, Colony Cove, Company House Hotel, Divi Carina Bay Resort, Frederiksted Hotel, Hibiscus Beach Resort, Hotel Caravelle, Hotel on the Cay, King Christian Hotel, The Palms at Pelican Cove, Sand Castle on the Beach and Sugar Beach Condo Resort on St. Croix.

The Sizzlin’ Sampler applies to new bookings only. Reservations for this promotion can be made through a number of tour operators using the booking code VISS10, including: American Express Vacations, Apple Vacations, BookIt.com, CheapCaribbean.com, Classic Vacations, Continental Vacations, Delta Vacations, Enjoy Vacations, Expedia, Funjet Vacations, Libgo, Travelocity, US Airways and Villas of Distinction.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com, follow us on Twitter(@USVImockojumbie) and become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI). 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. * Packages available within the stated time frame, or until the allotted number of packages has been depleted

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