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Radio Travel Show to Broadcast from V.I.

Dec. 27, 2007 — Nationally syndicated radio travel show host Stephanie Abrams will broadcast live from St. Thomas and St. John in January.
She'll broadcast noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 8 to 10 p.m. Sundays for three weekends in January. On Jan. 5 and 6, Abrams will be at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas, Jan. 12 and 13 at the Westin Resort and Villas on St. John and Jan. 19 and 20 at Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas.
Her show "Traveling Feet" airs Saturdays in 40 markets, mainly in the Northeast United States. "Travel with Stephanie Abrams" airs Sundays on the Business TalkRadio Network in 86 markets.
The shows will also be available on her website as "10 Compelling Reasons to Visit the USVI."
"Any kind of publicity the Virgin Islands can get is obviously good for us," Chantal Figueroa, acting marketing director at the V.I. Tourism Department, said Thursday.
Bolongo Manager Richard Doumeng said Abrams likes the "human interest stuff."
"I'm delighted she's down here," he said.
He said Abrams was detail-oriented and will get out the facts about the Virgin Islands tourism product.
Abrams said in a Thursday phone interview from Massachusetts that she picked the Virgin Islands because it's a destination where travelers "will return uplifted, enriched, enhanced and know they are better people for the experience."
"I choose destinations and resorts carefully to educate travelers on their charm, magic and mystique. The U.S. Virgin Islands and their resorts are a perfect fit for my mission," she said.
She said she selected the territory for a variety of reasons, including activities such as scuba, sailing, deep-sea fishing, family fun, romantic settings and good photo opportunities. She also cited the facts that residents speak English and use U.S. currency.
Abrams picked the three hotels, she said, because each is different and appeals to people with a variety of tastes and budgets. Abrams also said she plans a stay at Pavilions and Pools on St. Thomas, but won't broadcast from that location.
Abrams said she plans to "bring the destination to life to give travelers a true picture of what the destination has to offer visitors."
She said that too many visitors arrive by cruise ship, take advantage of the $1,600 duty-free allowance and leave after spending only six hours on the island.
Abrams said that remote broadcasts allow the audience to get the facts from the people who actually deliver the travel experience.
She said that she and her husband will be the only people on location in the Virgin Islands, but she'll be supported by her staff back on the mainland.
"We don't require much. Just one room with a king-sized bed," she said.
Abrams said she plans to interview those who deliver the services tourists need such as hotel managers, watersports people and others in the tourism industry.
"We focus on what makes that location special. We talk about everything from quiet little breakaways to where to have your next sales conventions," she said.
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