Sep 22 St. Kitts is Open and Welcoming Travelers Hurricanes, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, business as usual, Island of St. Kitts and Nevis, cruise ships diverted to St. Kitts, donations, hurricane relief



Basseterre, St. Kitts (September 22, 2017) - St. Kitts is pleased to report that initial assessments have been completed and the island is resuming normal operations, as it was fortunate to escape major damage from the passage of Hurricane Maria to its south on Tuesday afternoon.

All hotels in St. Kitts are fully operational and those properties that do not engage in regular seasonal closures are open and servicing guests. St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) reopened and began welcoming flights on September 20. The Port Zante cruise pier did not sustain damage and St. Kitts is scheduled to welcome two vessels tomorrow - Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. Park Hyatt remains on track to debut in November.

We continue to extend our thoughts and prayers to our Caribbean brothers and sisters in those islands which took a direct hit from Maria and to everyone who has been or will be impacted by the storm. Our sincere thanks to those who have kept St. Kitts & Nevis in their hearts and prayers.

For anyone wishing to donate to the recovery efforts of those destinations that sustained more severe damage from the hurricane, two official Caribbean Relief Funds are:
The Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund - www.tourismcares.org/caribbean
The Caribbean Tourism Association Hurricane Relief Fund - www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto.

For the most recent updates on Maria, please refer to the National Hurricane Center. For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.

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Jul 07 Problem at Antigua airport sees flights sent to St Kitts Air traffic, Antigua, chemical gas leak, Antigua airport closed, St. Kitts, LIAT, American Airlines, British Airways, Puerto Rico, flight delays, flights diverted to St. Kitts



St Kitts' Robert L Bradshaw International Airport became an unexpected host for American Airlines and British Airways flights after the sudden closure of Antigua's VC Bird International Airport.

The planes, which were heading to other destinations after stopping at Antigua, were grounded yesterday afternoon.

WIC News has reached out to both airlines for comment.

Stanley Smith, chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, said the closure occurred after chemical fumes leaked into the control tower.


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He said workers who were on shift had to be evacuated to safety while the tower was flushed to ensure the air was clean.

"We apologized to customers for the delay to their journey after our flight diverted to St Kitts following the closure of the control tower at Antigua Airport," a British Airways spokesman told WIC News.

"The aircraft was refuelled and the flight continued on to Antigua."

According to Antigua's Observer Media, flights headed for the twin-island nation were diverted to both St Kitts and Puerto Rico.

Operations resumed shortly after 3pm AST but by then a number of LIAT's flights were already affected, were Virgin Atlantic and BA flights from London.

Two American Airlines flights from Miami and JFK airports were diverted from Antigua and Barbuda.

Source: http://wicnews.com/caribbean/problem-at-antigua-airport-sees-flights-sent-to-st-kitts-59533470/


Aug 31 9 CARICOM Countries Canada Just Issued Travel Advisories On Canadian Government, Zika virus, travel advisory, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago



Travel advisory to Caribbean islands just issued by Canada

TORONTO, Canada, Tuesday August 30, 2016 - The Canadian government yesterday updated its travel advisory for nine Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations, among a list of countries across the world.

And it's the Zika virus that's responsible.

The government has urged its citizens travelling to the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, to "exercise a high degree of caution".

It suggests that pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should avoid travel to those countries.

"If travel cannot be avoided or postponed strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed due to the association between Zika virus infection and increased risk of serious health effects on their developing foetus," the travel advisory states.

Zika is caused by a virus which is primarily spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be transmitted from an infected pregnant woman to her developing foetus. In addition, Zika virus can be sexually transmitted, and the virus can persist for an extended period of time in the semen of infected males.

Symptoms of Zika virus can include fever, headache, conjunctivitis and skin rash, along with joint and muscle pain. The illness is typically mild and lasts only a few days and the majority of those infected do not have symptoms. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against Zika virus infection although trials are underway.

Source: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/9-caricom-countries-canada-just-issued-travel-advisories


Jul 20 St.Kitts World Famous Frigate Bay Strip to Get $7Million Upgrade Frigate Bay strip, Minister Lindsay Grant, 7 million, beach reclamation, Mr X' Shiggidy Shack, Vibes Bar and Grill, Boozies, Buddies, Inons', Breezes and the Docks, coastal erosion, volley ball, St. Kitts nightlife, Restaurants, Bars, beach, snorkeling, swimming, boardwalk, parking lot



Fireman at Mr X Shiggidy Shack on the Strip, Frigate Bay St. Kitts

The World Famous Frigate Bay Strip will be undergoing major upgrades and enhancement shortly. That's according to Minister of Tourism Hon. Lindsay Grant.

Minister Grant mentioned the exciting new developments at the Frigate Bay Strip recently.

"The government considers that we have to do our part so we have just broken ground more or less not officially as yet but probably in the next month or so for the 7 million dollar infrastructure we are placing on the frigate bay strip in St. Kitts to enhance the tourism product," he informed.

Minister Grant said he expects plans will be put in place to "replenish and re-energize" the beaches in Frigate Bay and along the coastline which have been damaged by coastal erosion.

The Frigate Bay Strip is the hub of island nightlife, food and entertainment in the Federation. Bars and Restaurants such as Mr X' Shiggidy Shack, Vibes Bar and Grill, Boozies, Buddies, Inons', Breezes and the Docks are just some of the establishments currently housed at the strip.

The $7 Million upgrade will likely include a boardwalk, parking and amenities.

Source: http://timescaribbeanonline.com/st-kitts-world-famous-frigate-bay-strip-to-get-7million-upgrade/


Jun 03 New Off-shore University for St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris, university opening, International University of Graduate Studies (IUGS), International University of Nursing (IUON), International University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine (IUHS), Medical University of the Americas (MUA), Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) and Windsor University School of Medicine



Aerial photo of Ross University in St. KittsThe Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris led Team UNITY Administration announced on Thursday they entry of another off shore University to St.Kitts-Nevis.

In a Cabinet Briefing issued on Thursday afternoon it was stated that Cabinet considered and approved an application for a new university to be built in St. Kitts and Nevis. In doing so, Cabinet took note of the growth in the offshore education sector and its benefits to the economy through housing, entertainment and other areas.

With over 3000 students across 7 Universities The Off-Shore education sector in St.Kitts-Nevis accounts for roughly 14% of the federation's economy.

There are seven off-shore schools in St. Kitts and Nevis, six on St. Kitts and one in Nevis. Accredited off-shore education institutions are International University of Graduate Studies (IUGS), International University of Nursing (IUON), International University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine (IUHS), Medical University of the Americas (MUA), Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) and Windsor University School of Medicine.

Source: http://timescaribbeanonline.com/new-off-shore-university-for-st-kitts-nevis/


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