U.S. Virgin Islands (February 8, 2013) – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is pleased to announce a two-hour episode of the ABC romance reality series The Bachelor, filmed entirely on St. Croix, will air nationally on Monday, February 11, 2013. It will broadcast locally on ABC Channel 8 at 9:00 pm AST. The episode positions St. Croix and the broader United States Virgin Islands as the place for a romantic escape for U.S. mainlanders.
The Department of Tourism worked closely with ABC and The Bachelor production team
to secure and bring the program to the USVI and facilitate filming over an 11-day period in October 2012. As a result, at least 7.8 million viewers and potential travelers will be introduced to the beauty, romance and diversity of experiences available in St. Croix. In addition to the show’s estimated media value of $80 million, the production employed more than 40 local workers and services, generating over $160,000 in on-island revenue. “The impact to the destination is tremendous when you combine the national television exposure for the destination with the direct economic benefits to our community through jobs and valuable work experience,” said Commissioner Nicholson-Doty. “We are grateful to all who assisted the reality series while they were on location in the Territory to ensure its success.”
Special thanks are extended to The Buccaneer Hotel, Christiansted Retailers and Restaurant Association, National Park Service, Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge, Virgin Islands Police Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and local production crews. Each played an integral role in the success of the shoot.
On Monday’s episode, Bachelor Sean Lowe will continue his quest for love on St. Croix with the bachelorettes on a special “group date” and three “one-on-one dates”. Episode highlights include their arrival by seaplane onto a private beach, their immersion in a traditional Festival parade of masqueraders and mocko jumbies in historic Christiansted, witnessing a romantic sunrise at Point Udall and dining on the best in local cuisine by moonlight surrounded by the centuries-old sugar mill ruins. Cast and crew stayed at The Buccaneer which will be featured throughout.
The Department of Tourism will maximize the national attention to the destination from the episode’s airing to drive tourist arrivals this late winter through spring. Viewers will have the ability to follow in the footsteps of the cast with the offer of The Department’s St. Croix Fantastic Flight Promotion which provides a $300 instant airfare credit on packages of six nights at participating hotels, including the sixth night free and a $20 Match Play Casino certificate.
Contact: Allegra Kean Moorehead, Director of Communications
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
(340) 774-2234 Ext. 2234; firstname.lastname@example.org