A Letter from the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism has remained committed to protecting the health and safety of our residents and visitors, and we continue to be guided by public health experts in order to minimize the spread of the virus and to make prudent decisions concerning the management of our tourism sector.

Like every other destination affected by this crisis, we are actively looking forward to and planning for the eventual resumption of tourism activity. At this time, we will not be accepting leisure visitors until at least June 1, 2020.

We greatly value our partnerships with all our colleagues in the meetings and events sector. Our local MICE stakeholders have been using this “down” time to refresh and enhance their product offerings and to ensure that each property, venue or activity is fully prepared and equipped to provide a safe, healthy and exceptional experience to arriving guests. This is a coordinated, integrated effort between local USVI government agencies, tourism stakeholders and organizations including the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association.

Until our MICE offerings are fully reopened, the Department of Tourism continues to engage with its various audiences to share the beauty and appeal of the Virgin Islands and to encourage safe public health practices, including social distancing.

We remain fully committed to meeting your business needs once this health crisis has abated. When we are assured that the Territory is equipped and ready with all testing and containment protocols recommended by public health experts and our local authorities, we stand ready to work with you to welcome your groups back to the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands, where a truly wonderful experience awaits your clients.

We look forward to sharing more positive news and developments in the weeks ahead.

Until we “meet” again, all the best!

Here are some highlights of our recent activity:

·   Click here to see the video message highlighting the Department’s commitment to welcoming back leisure visitors when public health experts deem it safe to do so.
·   Department of Tourism Launches New Brand For St. Croix: a vibe like no other (https://bit.ly/2VFeIk9)
·   Department of Tourism enlists iconic Mocko Jumbie to help educate travelers and residents about COVID-19 prevention measures: (https://bit.ly/35buaru)

Make sure to follow our social media channels for updates.

Kay Kitchens
Director of Sales
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
E: kmilliner@usvitourism.vi

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