No Passport Required: U.S.V.I. Tourism Industry Promotes New Travel Regulations


“It’s just easier to vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands” with no passport required for U.S. Citizens.

The crisp air signals the return of old man winter and dreams of relaxing in warmer climates invades the mind.
For vacationers, The U.S. Virgin Islands offers three individual destinations each with a different personality for the discriminating traveler.

And this year the territory has a competitive edge over other Caribbean destinations.

In 2007, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will take effect requiring travelers to the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico to have a passport to re-enter the U.S.

Because the U.S.V.I. is a territory of the United States, U.S. visitors still won’t need a passport to depart the destination.

The Association’s newest sweepstakes is live on the web site. The contest, It’s Just Easier to Vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands If the Shoe Fits Sweepstakes, is valid until February 1, 2007, for travel June 1–December 15, 2007.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive roundtrip, coach class tickets for two adults compliments of American Airlines, 6 days, 5 nights in a deluxe water view room at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott, daily breakfast, welcome gift delivered to room upon arrival, two shopping tote bags, unlimited water taxi tickets from the resort to downtown St. Thomas;

Also, two pairs of hand-made leather sandals compliments of Zora Sandals, two pedicures at Jan Michael’s Studio, sunset sail on Heavenly Days Catamaran, entrance for two to Atlantis Submarine, Paradise Point Tramway and Coral World Marine Park, kayak tour for two compliments of VI Ecotours and $1,000 cash for duty-free shopping. Subject to availability, holiday/blackout and other trip conditions and restrictions.
To enter, visit

Resort Renovations and Additions
Caneel Bay Resort has completed renovation of 89 of its 166 rooms. The room refurbishment includes: new outdoor furniture, handcrafted indoor furnishings, Caribbean inspired artwork and curtains, and new bedding.

In the public areas, the new lounge furniture features Italian linens designed exclusively for Rosewood Hotels. The Caneel Bay Bar, formerly integrated into the Grille, has been moved to the lower breezeway, offering amazing views of the bay and is the perfect place for guests to enjoy the sunset.

In December, the resort will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Special activities are scheduled for the celebration and a commemorative coffee table book featuring old photos and guest interviews will be unveiled. In 1956, financier Laurance Rockefeller purchased the land and built what has become a playground to the stars and guests seeking a unique experience. For additional information on Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort, visit

Hotel Specials Nov. 25-Dec. 22
The Westin Resort on St. John is offering a pre-holiday special on resort rates. Available for travel from November 25–December 22, rates start at $439 per night for garden view rooms, a savings of more than 60 percent for this time period.

The nightly rate includes room, resort fees, taxes, and transfers in addition to a $50 food and beverage credit per day per room.

To book this exciting offer, call 866-716-8108 or visit Rates are for single/double occupancy and subject to availability and black out dates.