The U.S. Virgin Islands will be featured in Monday’s episode of ABC’s reality TV series. "The Bachelor."
The show, which was filmed in 2016 on St. Thomas and St. John, will air nationally on ABC at 8 p.m. EST Monday, and will air on the islands on cable channel 14 at 9 p.m. AST.
The episode will showcase the beauty of the destination as the remaining women in the primetime reality series continue their search for love with this season’s bachelor, Nick Viall.
"The Bachelor" is celebrating its 21st season and is one of the highest-rated series in its genre.
The Department of Tourism’s Film Office worked closely with the show’s Los Angeles-based production team, NZK Productions. The production employed more than 70 local crew and utilized a variety of services, generating more than $350,000 in on-island revenue. Production for the show was based at Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort.
The episode, which is expected to reach more than 11 million viewers, airs in more than 225 countries and territories.
"The impact to the destination is tremendous when you combine the national television exposure with the direct economic benefits to our community through jobs and valuable work experience," said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. "We are grateful to the Virgin Islands Police Department, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Port Authority, the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra, the Caribbean Ritual Dancers and the local production crews who helped ensure the show’s success."
On Monday’s episode, bachelor Nick will continue his "quest for love" on St. Thomas and St. John on a special group date and one-on-one dates. Episode highlights include iconic landmarks, attractions and sites such as Fort Christian, Emancipation Garden, Palm Passage, Virgin Islands National Park, Abi Beach Bar, Morning Star Beach, and The Preserve at Botany Bay.
The department expects national exposure from the episode to drive tourist arrivals through the spring, when the territory commemorates its Centennial. Viewers can book the Department of Tourism’s special Centennial promotion offer and follow in the footsteps of the cast.