For Immediate Release
Source: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
Contact: Luana Wheatley + 1 340 774-8784
Bevan Springer + 1 201 861-2056
UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS MARKETS TERRITORY IN WASHINGTON, DC
WASHINGTON, DC (August 12, 2016) – The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism gained strong traction last week in the nation’s capital, elevating the profile of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas through a number of in-market events and activities.
A highlight of the week’s activities was the USVI’s participation in the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Founders’ Reception where Governor Kenneth Mapp addressed hundreds of media professionals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is set to officially open next month.
Joining the Governor at the event was Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty who presented vacation prizes to two lucky reporters, courtesy of Caravelle Hotel & Casino in St. Croix and Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas. Cruzan provided rum for specially-crafted drinks, while trumpet player Ryan Joseph of St. Croix performed for the media and invited guests at the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater.
The Department of Tourism also provided musical and cultural entertainment at the opening of the joint NABJ and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) convention, featuring Virgin Islands steel pan player Stan Brown and the artistic mocko jumbie Alison Foy. The after-party celebration, also supported by the USVI, featured the DC-based Virgin Islands Image Band and St. Croix’s latin music artist Yako LaPauta.
While in DC, Commissioner Nicholson-Doty met with media houses such as The Travel Channel, U.S. News & World Report, Thrillist.com and the Baltimore Sun at a media breakfast, as well as with key meeting planners and Washington influencers, including Isabell Hill, the Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office at the U.S. Department of Commerce, at a luncheon to promote the Territory and share the latest destination news and updates. She also met with officials at Brand USA to discuss strategic, collaborative efforts to penetrate the Chinese market.
Atop Commissioner Nicholson-Doty’s week-long agenda was the promotion of daily United Airlines winter flights between Washington Dulles International Airport and Cyril E. King International Airport from Friday, December 16, 2016, through Monday, April 3, 2017.
Additionally, during the in-market activities the Commissioner accepted an award from Global Traveler magazine on behalf of the Territory. The U.S. Virgin Islands received the magazine’s 2016 Leisure Lifestyle Award for the “Best Caribbean Island”.
1) Governor Kenneth Mapp greets NABJ Founder Paul Brock who started his journalism career in St. Thomas. Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty looks on.
2) Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty congratulates sports broadcaster Exavier Pope on winning a trip to St. Croix.
3) Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty receives Global Traveler magazine’s 2016 Leisure Lifestyle award for “Best Caribbean Island” from Sales and Marketing Manager Olivia Falcione (left) and Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Krol (right).
4) Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty addresses meeting planners and Washington, DC influencers over lunch. At right is Isabell Hill, Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
5) Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty shares destination news and updates with members of the media at a breakfast in Washington, DC.
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.