Not that any of us ever really need an incentive to book a trip, but we now have yet another reason to fly to the US Virgin Islands in 2017: $300 in cash to spend there.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the United States seizing control of the islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas from Denmark, the three destinations are actually offering each visiting tourist a bit of cash to explore the areas (the cash will only apply to cultural points of interests—think kayaking, museums and tours, for example—so you will still have to pay for your own airfare and hotel costs).
All you need to do to get in on the deal is book a stay at any of the over two dozen participating hotels through USVI.com for at least three nights (use code CP1) and wait for the Department of Tourism to send you the $300 credit—an actual paper that you can use as cash at all participating locations. To quality, you'll need to book your trip between now and October 1, 2017 and actually travel between January 2, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
PS. You might want to plan your vacation for March, which is when the centennial actually happens, to receive a commemorative souvenir that the Department of Tourism will add to the already exciting gift.