United States Virgin Islands’ Governor to Speak at Premier U.S. Black Professionals Event

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (August 26, 2013)— The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) will have an increased presence this year at theBLACK ENTERPRISE/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge on Aug. 29 – Sept. 1. This annual gathering will attract close to 1,000 African American business executives, celebrities and athletes to PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.  Representatives from the USVI will engage with this strategic audience to drive investment, as well as corporate and leisure travel, to the Territory.

Gov. John P. de Jongh Jr. will speak to attendees on Aug.30, positioning the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) as the ideal destination for black professionals to visit and do business— a first since the USVI became a sponsorship partner in 2009. His presentation will highlight the destination’s appealing business climate, from generous business incentives such as a 90-percent reduction in U.S. corporate income tax, to attractive exemptions such as those on business property taxes. He will also raise awareness among this group of entrepreneurs and tastemakers about the Territory’s investment opportunities in key industry sectors such as energy, finance, IT services and tourism.

“It’s a true honor to speak at this year’s event and encourage African-American business leaders to take a closer look at the U.S. Virgin Islands as an investment location,” says deJongh. “Our business advantages include an exceptional work force, unique tax incentives and a strategic location between North America and Latin America, all under the protection of the U.S. flag.”

As a part of the DOT’s and EDA’s increased investment at this year’s Challenge, a USVI band and dancers will perform to showcase the destination’s island culture on the event’s opening night. Three five-day/four-night hotel giveaways will also be awarded to three lucky attendees throughout the weekend, including at
deJongh’s presentation.

“Black professionals comprise nearly 25 percent of travel to the USVI annually, making this a key market for us to maintain relationships withand grow,” says USVI Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “Working with the Economic Development Authority, we will leverage our heightened visibility at this year’s event to promote the advantages and incentives of doing business in the USVI.”

The USVI’s sponsorship allows access to a complete list of event registrants to maintain and grow relationships via direct marketing efforts.

About the 20th annual BLACK ENTERPRISE/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge
The prestigious weekend continues to be the largest African-American sporting event of its kind. The yearly conclave brings together some of the nation’s top corporate executives and entrepreneurs, providing networking opportunities in a relaxing environment.

About the USVI
For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com, follow us on Twitter (@USVITOURISM) 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.




Luana Wheatley

Assistant Director of Communications

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