Travellers to the US Virgin Islands will receive $300 to spend while on holiday on activities and cultural tours.

The US Virgin Islands will be forking out $300 (R4, 122) to guests holidaying for three or more days to enjoy its culture and history this year. While many would assume this is a tactic to lure tourists to its beach location, it is in fact to honour the 100th anniversary of the United States taking control of the islands, known as Transfer Day. The credit will allow visitors the chance to explore the islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. The discount will be made available to those who book their trip through, and the credit will allow you to experience the island in all its glory.

Media Relations Specialist Keisha Nelson said the US Virgin Islands will commemorate its Centennial in 1917, marking 100 years since the transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States of America.

“There will be events and activities, ranging from parades, concerts and multicultural celebrations, to exhibitions and festivals featuring local food, art, dance and music. Those who visit can take advantage of the centennial promotion that includes $300 in VI Spending Credits for Historical / Cultural Tours and Activities and a commemorative centennial souvenir (only valid for travelers in March for visitors staying more than three nights). They can use the booking code: CP17,” she said.

The offer is available for tourists who book by October 1, 2017 and holiday by December 31, 2017.