U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS RANKED BEST SPRING VACATION FOR 2012 BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, May 17, 2012 – The Department of Tourism is pleased to announce that U.S. News & World Report has ranked the U.S. Virgin Islands as the “Best Spring Vacation Destination for 2012,” according to its recent travel destinations poll. For this category, the publication evaluated “fun locations with plenty of things to do without breaking the bank” and featured the Territory as the number one location, ranking above destinations including Vancouver, Amsterdam, Bermuda, and San Diego, to name a few.
As part of the recognition, U.S. News & World Report calls out unique attributes of each island, mentioning St. Thomas’s shopping, St. John’s National Park and St. Croix’s history and culture. Lighter crowds and lower prices on airfare and hotel accommodations are also called out as reasons to visit the Territory during the spring season.
“We’re delighted to have come out on top of appealing international destinations included in U.S. News & World Report’s Spring Vacation poll,” said Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “This ranking comes at an ideal time for our islands, helping us maximize exposure for the Territory as we transition to the summer season.”
Each year, the travel editors from U.S. News & World Report determine which destinations to include on the travel rankings based on recommendations by travel experts and U.S. News web site users, with each score pulling 50 percent of the rank weight. More than 200 destinations that are covered by U.S. News & World Report were analyzed, but only a select few were identified as the publication’s “Best Vacations” award recipients. The Territory also received recognition in eight other categories including:
- #2 Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA
- #2 Best Beaches in the USA
- #5 Best Romantic Getaways in the USA
- #5 Best Caribbean Vacations
- #5 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the US
- #7 Best Caribbean Beaches
- #7 Best Caribbean Honeymoon
- #7 Best US Vacations
- #8 Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations
- # 9 Best Family Vacation
- #10 Best Adventure Vacations in the USA
- #10 Best Islands in the World
- #12 Best Place in the World to Visit
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Contact: Allegra Kean-Moorehead
USVI Department of Tourism
Director of Communications
(340) 774-8784 ext. 2234