ST CROIX, USVI, Wednesday January 11, 2017 – You wouldn’t expect the US Virgin Islands to have to pay travellers to go there. The quartet of islands is a typical Caribbean paradise with white sand beaches, azure sea, tropical trails and no language barriers – more than incentive enough for most people.
But to honour the 100th anniversary of the US taking control of St Thomas, St John, St Croix and tiny Water Island from Denmark, the islands are offering visitors US$300 to spend touring, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and eating their way through the Virgin Islands.
According to Thrillest, the credits do not cover alcohol, but are designed to encourage visitors to explore and learn about the United States’ chunk of the Caribbean. So the giveaway is good for historical and cultural attractions like museums, galleries, eco tours, food tours, and watersports.
The credits will also be good on anything bought from designated sites and activities, up to and including the full retail prices. Gratuities are not included.
To be eligible for the offer, visitors should book a trip to the USVI for at least three nights during the course of this year. Reservations should be made by October 1 through USVI.com.
The Department of Tourism then forwards $300 in credits, which are actual paper and can be used just like cash at any of the participating locations.
Visitors making the trip in March will receive a commemorative souvenir to mark the historic transfer from a Danish Caribbean territory to part of the United States on March 31, 1917.
The four diverse islands that make up the USVI offer the historic hub with Danish architecture of St Croix; bargain shopping in the cruise port of St Thomas; hiking and snorkelling in the national park of St John, which is home to lush forests and coral reefs, and the natural delights of tiny Water Island.
Numerous events will be taking place in the USVI to commemorate the centennial, so visitors will have even more options to choose from than usual.