With Marvel Comics having recently dedicated a book to them and Time inevitably naming them the collective Person of the Year, frontline healthcare workers deserve endless praise and reward for their selfless sacrifices in 2020. Following in the footsteps of some Caribbean and Mexican resorts, the U.S. Virgin Islands wants to show its appreciation for nurses, doctors and other workers in the form of free trips.
The “Let’s Give Thanks!” program was established by the USVI Department of Tourism to reward both local and stateside healthcare workers with a free 3-day trip to St. Croix, St. John or St. Thomas. Anyone can nominate an eligible person by simply recording a short video and uploading it to the Department of Tourism’s dedicated webpage. Then, a panel comprised of USVI-based tourism and health care representatives will review the submissions and choose the best, so creativity counts.
Six winners will receive a three-night trip to their island of choice in the USVI, as well as hotel accommodations, airline credits for $500 per traveler and airport transfers within the USVI. If the guests of honor wish to travel alone, no one will blame them, but they can also bring up to four members of their households, which really is the best bet for ensuring they’re being celebrated every step of the way. Local winners will enjoy a staycation at a USVI resort, in addition to an excursion and a very special dinner with up to four guests.
As with any great, generous contest, there are rules. Videos should be no longer than 60-seconds, and they must include an introduction of yourself, a description of the nominee and an explanation of worthiness. One winner will be chosen each month, beginning this month, so the sooner you enter, the better.
As with any travel, be sure to read and understand the travel and health alerts for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and make sure your nominee and guests all have brand new masks to wear for their celebratory trips.