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Tourism Department Launches Virgin Islander Family Reunion Promotion


     Marketing Director Canika John

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Department of Tourism is encouraging Virgin Islanders living outside the Territory to come back home to reunite with their loved ones.

Newly appointed Director of Marketing Canika John announced the 2016-2017 Family Reunion promotion, which includes a number of booking incentives, including $350 in spending credits for family-focused activities and a free night at participating hotels.

“Virgin Islanders living abroad are part of the tourism fabric of our Territory and it is important that we give them every incentive to come back to connect with their loved ones and to participate in the economic revitalization of our communities,” said John.

As part of the promotion, each participant will also receive a customized family T-shirt and welcome gift bag.

Travelers must use booking code FR16 to secure room blocks, and all bookings must be made by December 15, 2016, for travel through December 15, 2017.

Participating hotels on St. Croix include: The Buccaneer Hotel, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino, The Palms at Pelican Cove, Sand Castle on the Beach, and Mount Victory Camp Eco-Lodge.

The Green Iguana Hotel, Galleon House, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, and Windward Passage Hotel on St. Thomas are also participating in the offer.

Also recognizing the importance of culture, history and family in the Territory is “Come Home to St. Croix,” which is underway with events at Estate Whim Museum and Island Center. Presented by the St. Croix Landmarks Society, this celebration promotes the preservation of St. Croix’s heritage and traditions through family reunions, family research and other activities. Historically, groups and families have planned reunions and other gatherings around this annual celebration, as the program includes meaningful opportunities for reconnecting and spending time together.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. July 26, 2016 at 3:48 PM — Reply

    Will the Virgin Islanders living abroad who are from St. Croix, get air fare discounts? St. Croix air fare rates are significantly higher as well as car rental rates.

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