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CNN Travel recently featured St Croix as a destination on their Travel Getaways Blog.Owners of a condo used as a vacation rental report that 2010 promises to be a much better year for tourist arrivals than 2009.

“This year has already been shaping up to be more promising,” says the owner, an economic consultant who lives outside New York City. “The condo is rented through January and we’ve gotten inquiries that would extend to May. In fact, we’re jockeying now to see when we can get there ourselves.”

According to blog author John Blake, of CNN, “Scott D. Berman, an analyst for PricewaterhouseCoopers, says that his company’s research shows that hotel lodging demand should increase this year.

“In 2009, the hotel occupancy percentage (the average percentage of rooms a lodge has reserved for customers) was 55.2 percent, seven percentage points below the long-term average of 62.8 percent, Berman says.

But PricewaterhouseCoopers forecasts predict that the hotel occupancy percentage will grow to 55.8 percent this year to accommodate growing demand, Berman says.

“‘There is cautious optimism for 2010 but nobody is euphoric by any means,” Berman says. “The industry hit bottom in 2009. It’s been a shock to the system, but the shock is over.'”

As we’ve written on these pages, there are great deals on airfare and hotels. Come join us in the paradise of St Croix.