U.S. Virgin Islands – Business Meets Tranquility

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The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is America’s Caribbean setting for meetings and incentive travel, boasting world-class facilities and natural island beauty. The Territory’s three islands – St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas – are easily accessible. U.S. passports are not required for entry and there are daily, nonstop flights from major U.S. cities such as New York City, Atlanta, Miami, Boston and Charlotte.

The Territory is currently offering an incentive program called “Procrastination Pays” for meeting and incentive planners. The program offers rewards to guests who plan events at specific USVI resorts during 2015. Rewards range from a cooking class and lunch with a USVI culinary ambassador to a dinner reception at a historic USVI building with authentic island entertainment. The rewards come in three separate packages – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and are available based on the amount of guests booked by a planner.

Each island provides its own unique meeting venues and attractions. St. Croix is categorized by green rolling hills, authentic Caribbean culture and historic towns and buildings. Planners will find high-class meeting venues at hotels like The Buccaneer and the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort or at the unique St. George Village Botanical Garden, located on the site of a former 18th-century sugar plantation. Elsewhere on the island, visitors will find soft adventure activities such as sailing, horseback riding and diving, along with restaurants showcasing iconic USVI cuisine such as kallaloo, johnny cakes and conch in butter sauce.

St. John, with two-thirds protected by the Virgin Islands National Park, is the ideal place for an “unplugged” meeting escape. Caneel Bay Resort and the Westin St. John Resort offer beautiful facilities in untouched settings and amenities such as snorkeling and spas. There is plenty of beauty to explore elsewhere on the island, with numerous beaches, hiking trails and historic plantations that can be explored.

Cosmopolitan St. Thomas has everything visitors could possibly need. From venues at high-end hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas and the Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, to more laid-back properties such as Bolongo Bay Beach Resort and Secret Harbour Beach Resort, to picturesque non-resort venues like Coral World Ocean Park and Mountain Top, the island has something for everyone. Visitors can relax on the island’s many beaches or getting their adrenaline pumping by zip lining or flyboarding.

Learn more about the USVI’s “Procrastination Pays Off” program here.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.