The Department Of Tourism Celebrates Earth Day In Puerto Rico

Airport display will promote the USVI’s eco-resorts and attractions

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, April 18th, 2008 – The U.S. Virgin Islands has teamed up with American Airlines to showcase its eco-friendly attractions in the American Airlines Terminal at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday April 22, known around the world as Earth Day. The Department of Tourism will be distributing materials about the islands’ “green” resorts and attractions, and visitors to the airport will receive eco-friendly giveaways and have a chance to win a three-night stay in America’s Caribbean.

“Puerto Rico is a major gateway for the Caribbean, with thousands of travelers connecting through it each day,” states Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We want to share information about the U.S Virgin Islands and invite travelers to experience our islands’ natural beauty.”

As a result of on-going sustainability efforts, the destination has received recognition by some of the country’s top travel and hospitality industry leaders. Recently, Buck Island Reef National Monument was recognized as the top green destination by Travelocity’s online community, IgoUgo, on its list of the top ten eco-friendly destinations worldwide. And earlier this year, Stanley Selengut, founder and owner of the ground-breaking eco-friendly Maho Bay Campground and Estate Concordia Resort on St. John was honored by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants for his industry-leading “green” tourism operations.

Earth Day has been recognized annually since 1970, and serves as a chance for people around the world to celebrate the earth and renew their commitment to building a safer, healthier and cleaner environment. Additional information about Earth Day can be found at www.earthday.gov.

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.