St John Accommodations Council
St John Accommodations Council Inc.

Coral Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands
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The Who, What, Why, When, Where and How!

The St. John Accommodations Council was established in 1989 by local hotel, guest house and property managers for the purpose of enhancing and protecting St. John's cultural and physical resources. Meeting once a month, they discuss problems ranging from water shortages and noise pollution to support of the Babe Ruth League and Steel Unlimited. The St. John Accommodations Council feels that by making the island better for the people who live here, it will also be improved for tourists.

Participating members of the SJAC collect a $1 contribution per night from the guests who stay with them. This money (T.A.P.) supports organizations and activities that care for the island and help instill a sense of purpose in our youth.

Our track record is quite extensive. Below you will find a condensed list of what our dues and TAP money go towards:

Helps fund the aluminum can recycling project
Provided funding for various St. John student musical groups
Funded the efforts for the St. John Steel Unlimited Band to record a disc at Disneyland
Funded the making of two steel drums for Winston Graham Steel Drum Program in Coral Bay
Steel Unlimited held concerts every other Saturday in the Cruz Bay Park in exchange for funding that went towards their transportation to Denmark and France
Love City Pan Dragons and Baby Pan Dragons
Refurbished Red Cross generators for hurricane preparedness 1993
Donated funds to Elaine Sprauve Library for:
Annual subscription to McNaughton best sellers book list
Donated funds for various St. John school groups, including:
Musical instruments for the Julius Sprauve school band
Art supplies for Julius Sprauve School art rooms
Wood working equipment for J. Sprauve School Industrial Arts program
Let’s Talk Program – which helps 5th-9th graders deal with social issues
° Julius Sprauve PTA for classroom improvements
° Julius Sprauve School Summer Enrichment Program
Provided funds to the Animal Care Center of St. John for:
The spay and neuter program
Animal feeding stations
Funded supplies and uniforms for various youth sports groups:
Love City Leapers Jump Rope Demonstration Team
Babe Ruth League
St. Thomas Baseball Explores
Alton Adams Scholarship fund
Supplied St. John Tourism Office with landscaping and help maintaining it
Sponsored St. John Racquet Club by providing funds for transportation to off island tournaments
Sponsored St. John school student organizations with funding and helped students attend off-island programs
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
Future Business Leaders of America
College Tour for St. John high school students
Supplied funds for Dial-A-Ride's office equipment
Donated funds for fireworks during the 4th of July
Provided equipment for St. John Rescue
Purchased a child mannequin for St. John Clinic
Donated funds to the St. John Fire Service for materials for the Fire Prevention Week at St. John schools
Donated funds for "Kids and the Sea", a program that teaches marine safety. These funds paid for two intermediate boats
Donated funds for the Children’s Carnival Village
Provided donations to the St. John Revolving Fund
Helped fund the St. Thomas – St. John Chamber of Commerce Visitors Welcome Program on the St. John Dock
Refurbished Red Cross generators for hurricane preparedness in 1993
Provided funding to the Friends of the Virgin Island National Park for:
Beach to Beach Power Swim

SJAC contributes 50% of TAP money to the Endowment Fund of the St. John Community Foundation, Inc. (SJCF).

Help us make St John a better place for residents and visitors alike. The St John Accommodations Council is an active fundraiser for the vital work in our community to improve the quality of life on St John through training, education and community service.

Tourist Awareness Program

What is the TAP?

This contribution is to be used to enhance St. John's position in the physical and financial world, and since Tourism is our number one business, to improve the quality of our lives on St. John.

How to collect the TAP.

It is not necessary to explain each and every dollar a hotel collects either for itself, for the government, or in this case, for the TAP. What is necessary is to be able to explain why it is important, and to be able to remove the charge if a person should object to it. Service charges and energy charges are often added to bills without the customers understanding or say. The TAP is very well understood by most customers, and freely given by the vast majority.

What will the TAP be used for?

The St. John Accommodations Council is working towards, using the TAP to fund its Island-wide full cover destination piece, to get matching funds from the government for use in specific Island improvement projects, to fund scholarships for the use by local youths, and to generally improve St. John as a unique destination worth keeping and fighting for.

How can your hotel help?

Just add a dollar to each room night rented, being sure to post a notice about the TAP and its importance. Learn about the timely events the council is working on by coming to our monthly meetings. Be part of what we accomplish. Send a check each month to the St. John Accommodations Council, Inc. and help this Island become even better.

St. John Community Foundation

The interest on this money helps fund the many programs SJCF offers or supports including:

St. John Dial-A-Ride-transportation services for senior and disabled residents and visitors.
St. John Film Society-free movies dedicated to Caribbean life and cultural expressions.
Aluminum can recycling program-the only all-volunteer and permanent recycling program in the US Virgin Islands
Using Sports for Social Change (USFSC) - A youth sports initiative in partnership with NIKE, Inc.
The St. John Youth Committee-an all-youth program which works politically and socially to increase youth programs and activities.
SJCF also, supports Crime Stoppers USVI, Recycling Association of the Virgin Islands (RAVI), gubernatorial and senatorial debates, and provides office space for the American Cancer Society. SJCF is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and is actively involved in many NGO/governmental committee’s and commissions.

Welcome to St. John

More St John Organizations

USVI tourism Association -

ACC St. John -

Crime Stoppers USVI -

Coral Bay Community Council -

Friends of the Park -


St. John Chamber of Commerce Chapter
Kate Norfleet, Director, St. John Representative

If you are interested in making a further contribution to the SJAC or St. John Community Foundation, please send your check or money order to:

St. John Accommodations Council
ST JOHN VI 00831

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