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Virgin Islands Offering $300 Credits as Part of Its Centennial Celebration

Tourists are being paid to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands this year, as the region celebrates 100 years of being part of the United States.

The U.S. territory is giving visitors $300 in spending credit, which can be used on a variety of tours and activities including kayaking and diving.

The promotion celebrates the centennial of Denmark selling the islands to the U.S. and those who visit the islands on March 31 also will receive a souvenir in honor of “transfer day.”

To be eligible for the promotion, the trip has to be booked through the island’s tourism website before October 1 and visitors must stay at a participating hotel on one of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas, CNBC reported.

The Caribbean islands are located to the southeast of Florida, have a population of just over 100,000 and are classified as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory” by the United Nations.

December, January and February tend to be peak season for tourists and flights are offered from the East coast.

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