US Virgin Islands partners with Brand USA to reach Canadian market

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands, Thursday September 27, 2012 – The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is partnering with Brand USA on a campaign to increase visitation by Canadian residents. The partnership marks the first between Brand USA and one of the five U.S. Territories.

Under the partnership, the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism contributed more than $100,000. Brand USA intends to use the contribution to geo-target Canadian residents, the second largest international visitor arrival market for the Territory.

“Through Brand USA’s marketing efforts, the U.S. Virgin Islands will amplify its reach into the Canadian travel market,” said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We are pleased to partner with the first entity to promote inbound travel to the United States and to help increase awareness and interest in travel to our islands.”

“Brand USA’s partnership with the U.S. Virgin Islands will create benefits far beyond the immediate marketing campaign,” said Caroline Beteta, Brand USA’s interim CEO and incoming chair of the organization’s board of directors. “Brand USA’s inaugural campaign in Canada resulted in an increase in intent to visit the United States by 13 points, so we’re confident this new collaboration will attract a growing number of visitors for the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands too,” Beteta added.

The U.S. Virgin Islands maintains a dedicated sales and marketing presence in Canada. More than 39,000 Canadians have visited the Territory over the past five years, and the Department of Tourism’s website, www.visitusvi.com, has attracted more than 27,000 unique visitors in Canada this year, with more than 80% of those representing first-time visitors to the website.

Brand USA was established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010 to spearhead the United States’ first global marketing effort to promote the nation as a premier travel destination and communicate U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures. Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion, the public-private entity, doing business as Brand USA, began operations in May 2011.

Brand USA works in close partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. Through its call-to-action – DiscoverAmerica.com – Brand USA inspires travelers to explore the United States of America’s boundless possibilities, of which the U.S. Virgin Islands is an exceptional example.

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.
 
About Brand USA
Brand USA was established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010 to spearhead the nation’s first global marketing effort to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and communicate U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures. Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion, the public-private entity began operations in May 2011 and does business as Brand USA. Brand USA works in close partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. Through its call-to-action – Discover America – Brand USA inspires travelers to explore the United States of America’s boundless possibilities. For industry or partner information about Brand USA, visit www.TheBrandUSA.com. For information about exceptional and unexpected travel experiences in the United States, please visit Brand USA’s consumer website at www.DiscoverAmerica.com.

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