Warm Up This Winter With A U.S. Virgin Islands Winter Escape

Special Offer Provides $500 Instant Rebate on a Winter Vacation

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, October 8, 2010 – This winter, the U.S. Virgin Islands will offer travelers an opportunity for significant savings on a getaway to the Territory with the Winter Escape bookable offer. The promotion offers a $500 instant rebate on any booking of five nights or more at participating hotels and is available for new bookings made now through November 30 for travel between January 3 and April 24. “We designed the Winter Escape offer to provide travelers an early incentive to book a winter getaway to the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “This high value offer makes it an easy decision to visit St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas this winter to enjoy our duty-free shopping, cultural activities and the natural beauty of our islands.”With direct and non-stop air service from many U.S. markets, no passport required for U.S. citizens and a $1,600 duty free limit, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a destination of choice for travelers looking to beat the winter blues. Popular on-island events including the St. Croix Agricultural Food Fair, Blues Festival on St. John and the Water Island Classical Music Festival on St. Thomas are just a few of the many events taking place during the winter months. Travelers can also maximize their vacation experience by visiting two, or all three islands with convenient ferry service between St. Thomas and St. John and inter-island flight service between St. Thomas and St. Croix on Seaborne Airlines and Cape Air.

Hotels participating in the Winter Escape offer include: The Buccaneer, Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Club St. Croix, Colony Cove, Divi Carina Bay Resort, Frederiksted Hotel, Hibiscus Beach Resort, Hotel Caravelle, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Sand Castle on the Beach and Tamarind Reef Hotel on St. Croix; Gallows Point Resort and Westin St. John Resort & Villas on St. John and The Anchorage Beach Resort, Best Western Carib Beach Resort, Best Western Emerald Beach Resort, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Crystal Cove, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, Pavilions & Pools, Point Pleasant, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach Resort, Sapphire Village, Windward Passage Hotel and Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas.

The Winter Escape package applies to new bookings only and $500 credit is one per booking. Reservations for this promotion can be made through a number of tour operators November 1 through 30 including:  American Express Vacations, BookIt.com, CheapCaribbean, Expedia, Liberty Travel, Continental Vacations, Delta Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, Travelocity and US Airways Vacations.  Reservations can be made exclusively through FunJet October 7 – November 30.

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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