USVI Enhances Website for Consumers With Disabilities

In an effort to provide an enhanced user experience for consumers with disabilities, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism launched several upgrades to the territory's website, 
The upgrades enable greater synergy between the technologies used by consumers and the Department's site. 
Enhancements include closed captioning for videos, updated navigation, improved page layout, and greater contrast on pages to assist the vision impaired. Accessibility is the aim of these and other features which ensure screen readers accurately communicate the content of the site. 
While the site has been 100 percent Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant for some time, these changes elevate the experience for visitors with disabilities. 
"As a U.S. territory operating under U.S. law, the USVI is aiming to take the lead in the Caribbean with accessible lodging, attractions and other options to provide a barrier-free travel experience," said Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, in a written release.
"We are very pleased to roll out these new enhancements to ensure that travelers with disabilities enjoy a user-friendly experience even before visiting the destination," she added. 
In addition to improving the user experience for consumers with disabilities, the upgrades include an updated homepage design with information about the DOT iPhone App and the USVI Blue Flag certification program. A new page has been dedicated to information on St. Croix casinos as well as a page dedicated to cruising to the USVI.