Readers of Travel Weekly have named the Virgin Islands as the Best Caribbean Destination of the year. The publication bills itself as the national newspaper of the travel industry. The finalists for the award were Aruba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and the USVI. Governor Charles Turnbull issued a news release this week announcing the honor.
"It speaks highly about how the trade feels about us," said Steve Bornn, marketing director for the Tourism department. "They’re the ones that are going to sell us," he said, according to the St. John Source.
Other travel-related awards received by the VIs this year include Conde Nast Traveler’s naming St. John the Best Island in the Caribbean and Atlantic, one of the 10 best places to stay according to National Geographic Traveler, and 19 varied awards by Caribbean and Travel Life magazine.