Cayman vacationers strapped for cash should consider going to the U.S. Virgin Islands because they will be given US$300 to spend if they go this year.
The promotion is to mark the centenary of the islands coming under U.S. control, celebrated on Mar. 31.
A visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands is not a hard sell but with a voucher for $300 tourist figures are expected to jump.
The voucher can be claimed by all visitors who go for more than three nights until Dec. 31, 2017. The only condition is that trips must be booked through the official tourism website www.visitusvi.com. It can be redeemed against historical, cultural tours and activities, arranged through a selection of local hotels.
The promotion will mark 100 years since “Transfer Day”, when the islands were handed over to the United States by Denmark for the princely sum of $25 million. On Mar. 31 every year locals celebrate with brass band parades and traditional dishes that hark back to Danish rule.
Vacationers who visit in March will also receive a mystery “Commemorative Centennial Souvenir”.
Recommended on a visit are the kayaking tour of the coves of St. John Island, a snorkelling trip with the sea turtles of Buck Island, and an afternoon sampling the foodie highlights of St Thomas.
The U.S. Virgin Islands include St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. Trip