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St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Adventure and local luxury thrill & pamper incentive groups
Senior Account Manager
group of 19 attendees from Texas
met on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin
Islands (USVI) for an incentive
trip this past August just weeks before
hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through.
Tami Beehner, senior account manager for
LLC, a company that helps plan meeting
and incentive programs, put together the
event as an incentive award for a beverage
manufacturer's distribution sales managers
and their customers.
Held at the Renaissance St. Croix
Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, the client
chose the destination because of a personal
experience diving off the coast of St. Croix.
In an effort to replicate that experience and
immerse attendees in some of the island's
local flavor, Beehner says a detailed itinerary
included everything from deep-sea fishing
and snorkeling excursions to dinners and
lunches at local hot spots.
"This was a reward trip that focused
on relaxation, local food and beverage and
The Inside Scoop
Working with local DMC, CSI U.S. Virgin
Islands, Beehner was able to get the inside
scoop on the latest and greatest activities
for groups. That meant, of course, deepsea fishing and snorkeling for adventurous
attendees in search of migratory fish such
as wahoo, mahi mahi and marlin. But it also
included resort activities such as a day of
golf at The Buccaneer Hotel's golf course.
Attendees also had the option to get spa
treatments in the comfort of beach cabanas
at the Renaissance.
Food and beverage was also a major
focus. Attendees spent a day at Rhythms at
Rainbow Beach, a popular bar and restaurant
situated right on the water. Frozen drinks
such as the "lime in the coconut" (of which
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this place claims to be the original creator)
complemented floating, swimming and
lounging. Live music on the Rhythms stage
rounded out the daytime party atmosphere.
Dinner at The Waves at Cane Bay hotel
consisted of fresh local fare with a view.
Highlights on the menu were ahi nachos,
mussels and seafood pasta filled with
lump crab. The following evening took the
group to Balter restaurant, known for locally
sourced seafood and Caribbean flavors.
(Think a traditional crab and mofongo dish
or longaniza pork sausage to start.) That
night was topped off with a local band
playing hits from the '70s and '80s.
"As with all of our events, we put
great effort into surveys to understand
what worked and what was less than
outstanding," says Beehner. "St. Croix is
a fantastic destination and the surveys
showed that local activities were the hit of
the experience. The local hospitality groups
were so easy to work with and the group
really enjoyed the destination, nightlife,
being out on the water during the snorkel
sail and hanging out at the
Post-Hurricane USVI Updates
The Buccaneer on St. Croix welcomed
guests back this past November, and
the Renaissance will begin accepting
reservations this spring. The Westin St.
John Resort & Villas hopes to reopen next
fall. Same goes for The Ritz-Carlton, St.
Thomas. The Frenchman's Reef & Morning
Star Marriott Beach Resort, also located on
St. Thomas, is currently closed and will not
be accepting new business through 2018.
The cruise industry, however, has
come back with full force. More than two
dozen cruise ships called on St. Thomas
this past November. Royal Caribbean's
Adventure of the Seas was first to return to
the islands, while the Seabourn Odyssey's
return to Charlotte Amalie Harbor marked a
significant milestone in the territory's journey
back to recovery.-JessiePicture
"St. Croix is fantastic. The group really enjoyed the
destination, nightlife, being out on the water during
the snorkel sail and hanging out at the
St. Croix (photo credit:USVI Department of Tourism)