Jul 01 Five Caribbean destinations achieve marine protection goals ahead of schedule Travel, marine protection, scuba, swimming, snorkle, marine life, St. Kitts Waters, ahead of the game,Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti, intoxicating natural beauty, warm waters, white sandy beaches, beach protection, coast protection, environment




ANTIGUA - Five Caribbean countries and territories were recognized for their early achievement of the ambitious marine protection target they committed to when joining the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).

The CCI 20-by-20 Conservation Goal challenges members to conserve and manage at least 20 percent of their marine and coastal environment by 2020.

The Dominican Republic led the list of early achievers with approximately 75 percent of its marine area under protection, followed by St. Kitts and Nevis (50 percent), the U.S. Virgin Islands (44 percent), Puerto Rico (27 percent), and Haiti (23 percent).

"It is a momentous occasion to reach a conservation goal that will benefit the ocean and communities in the Caribbean for generations to come," said St. Lucia-based CCI Envoy Karolin Troubetzkoy, who honored the early achievers at a ceremony in Antigua last week.

The CCI is an innovative platform uniting government, the private sector and partners - such as funding agencies and NGOs - in a collaborative movement to conserve and sustainably manage the Caribbean's marine and coastal environments.

Launched in 2008, the CCI aims to incentivize Caribbean governments to meet their marine conservation objectives and to support them by catalyzing new funding and accelerating meaningful action. It also works to create more prosperous and stable economies - achieved through sustainable development and growth - to help ensure a more secure future for the entire region.

In congratulating the CCI "Early Achievers", Troubetzkoy noted that "recognizing these nations' successes in marine and coastal conservation is an important message to the other CCI members that getting to the 20 percent target by 2020 is not an impossible goal." She hoped to be celebrating with the remaining CCI destinations next year.

In addition to the awardees, four other Caribbean countries and territories were celebrated for taking steps to propose marine areas that will more than double their current levels of protection. These included the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada and St. Lucia. The Bahamas recently announced that it will declare an additional eight-plus million acres of marine protection, which will more than double its area of protection and meet the CCI 20-by-20 target ahead of the 2020 deadline.

Source: https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/five-caribbean-destinations-achieve-marine-protection-goals-ahead-of-schedule


Dec 24 St. Kitts & Nevis Welcomes Inaugural Flight from Sun Country Travel, come to St. Kitts, Minneapolis, air travel, airlines, Sun Country airline, Lindsay Grant, https://www.suncountry.com/, intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, white sandy beaches



St. Kitts & Nevis Welcomes Inaugural Flight from Sun Country

Basseterre (22nd December ,2018) - Top officials from St. Kitts & Nevis welcomed the inaugural non-stop flight from Minneapolis to St. Kitts & Nevis by Sun Country Airlines (SY), which arrived at full capacity with a total of 126 passengers. The flight's arrival marks the first time the destination has been served from the upper Mid West region of the US.

"The upper Mid West is not only a hub for Sun Country, it is also a key source market in the United States that is home to a number of affluent residents," said the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. "Visitors from this very important and growing region will now find it much more convenient to reach our shores. This flight will help us continue growing our US arrivals from a number of new and existing geographic markets."

"We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the management team at Sun Country for the time and hard work they contributed to bring this service to fruition," said the Hon. Mark Brantley, Nevis Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation "It is gratifying that Sun Country has recognized the potential of St. Kitts & Nevis as an upscale destination for leisure travel."

The grand celebration welcoming the flight began immediately upon its arrival. As passengers disembarked, they were treated to a performance by traditional masquerades right on the tarmac and each arriving individual was given a welcome gift.

Assembling to greet the flight was an impressive official delegation befitting the historic significance of the occasion, including: the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce; and the Hon. Mark Brantley, Nevis Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation.

The on-island delegation then proceeded to the KayanJet Lounge to continue the festivities, with Prime Minister Harris presenting special gifts to Sun Country commemorating the occasion of the airline's inaugural flight. Banners from destination provided a scenic backdrop throughout the remarks made by Prime Minister Harris and Minister Grant with a closing toast given by Minister Brantley.

The inaugural Sun Country flight SY 777 carried a total of 126 valued passengers into the destination, having operated the Boeing 737-700 aircraft utilized for the flight at full capacity. The flight will continue to operate for peak season non-stop on Saturdays to St. Kitts & Nevis' Robert L. Bradshaw international airport on St. Kitts (SKB) from the carrier's Minneapolis hub (MSP) through April 20, 2019, as follows:

Flight   Depart   Arrive
SY777   MSP   7:40am   SKB   3:15pm
SY778   SKB   4:10pm   MSP   8:30pm

Note: Flights are listed in local times and schedules are subject to change.

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Nov 09 St. Kitts receives 'Commendable Destination Award' Travel, come to St. Kitts, Routes Americas 2018 Marketing Awards, air travel, airline network planning community, Lindsay Grant, www.routesonline.com, intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, white sandy beaches



St. Kitts receives "Commendable Destination Award"

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - As part of its achievements in the tourism sector for 2018, St. Kitts received the 'Highly Commended' award in the Destination category of the Routes Americas 2018 Marketing Awards, as adjudged by the airline network planning community serving the Americas region.

The recognition took place in February and Minister of Tourism the Honourable Lindsay Grant said St. Kitts and Nevis continues to be recognized internationally.

"Our strategic airlift marketing to grow air service into the Federation from key target gateways has been recognized for excellence," Grant said. "As the smallest country in the western hemisphere, it is significant that we were shortlisted from among destinations with much larger marketing budgets, including Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Charleston (South Carolina) Area CVB; Hawaii Tourism Authority; Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; and San Diego Tourism Authority," Minister Grant added.

The annual Routes Marketing Awards Ceremony recognizes excellence in airport and destination marketing. They are highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the aviation industry, as they are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community. Airlines voted for the marketing services that support the successful launch of new routes or the development of existing ones, and were instructed to vote for the organizations whose marketing efforts during the last twelve (12) months made a real impact on their future network development plans.

According to www.routesonline.com, St. Kitts as a destination is described as "intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches." These qualities, the website says, "combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean."

Source: http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/travel/st-kitts-receives-commendable-destination-award/


Jun 13 St. Kitts welcomes Air Canada expanded service Travel, come to St. Kitts, fly to St. Kitts, air travel, Air Canada, Toronto flights, Lindsay Grant, Canadian travelers



St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS - For the first time in the island's history, Air Canada will serve St. Kitts for a full six months for the 2018-2019 peak season. The non-stop Saturday flights from Toronto will operate from November 3, 2018 all the way through April 27, 2019.

"This is an unprecedented air service expansion by Air Canada that marks yet another historic first for St. Kitts," said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. "I could not be more pleased to welcome this additional flying, which expands the options for visitors and Diaspora from our key Canadian source market to get to island."

From November 3 through December 10, Air Canada will operate a 136-seat Airbus A319-100 Rouge aircraft with 124 economy class and 12 business class seats for the non-stop Saturday flights. From December 15, 2018 through April 27, 2019, Air Canada will operate a 200-seat Airbus A321-200 Rouge aircraft with 184 economy class and 16 business class seats for these flights.

"Air Canada's decision to expand service into St. Kitts is a testament to the strength of our growing tourism sector," said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. "As our airlift from North America expands to accommodate our recently announced new hotel developments and upgrades to existing hotel product which include all-inclusive options, Canadians now have a full range of vacation choices available. This is truly is a complement to our existing North American airlift and gives us significantly increased capacity for this season and beyond."

Air Canada first began serving St. Kitts non-stop on Fridays in peak season from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in 2011 and subsequently shifted to Saturday service. It is the island's only non-stop scheduled service from Canada. In previous years, the flight operated from late December through early April. With the expanded service, St. Kitts will receive an additional 6 weeks of non-stop flying that provides the potential for an increase in Canadian air passenger arrivals.

Source: https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/st-kitts-welcomes-air-canada-expanded-service


Mar 27 St Kitts & Nevis move ahead with geothermal project Geothermal power, renewable energy, GeothermEX, Nevis Renewable Energy International, clean energy, Schlumberger Company



A team of US researchers have confirmed that St Kitts and Nevis can move forward with a planned geothermal project on the volcanic island of Nevis.

According to Nevis Pages, a team from US company GeothermEX was contracted by Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) to assess a geothermal test well at Hamilton to determine whether there would be potential for a sustainable supply of geothermal energy.

The team said the situation looks promising.

Senior Reservoir Engineer Robert Stacy said the well shows positive temperature and flow levels.

"We are with the well flowing very nicely. High temperatures coming along and plenty of steam coming up from the resource. Very excited to see this. Plenty of energy has gone into this project to achieve what's culminating here today. Very happy to be here to make this become a reality."

"The resource so far looks very promising. High temperatures down at resource at commercial grades to produce power. Right now we are preparing to go in and measure those to quantify how much resource it is and how best to develop the resource here," he said.

GeothermEX, a subsidiary of Schlumberger Company, focuses on geothermal energy testing.

NREI CEO, Bruce Cuthright, said that the people of Nevis have waited for five years to get to this stage, adding that the project as a difficult but a rewarding one.

"It has been a tough project to work on. We know that the people of Nevis have been waiting 10 years to see this flow rate that is behind us."

"This will transform the island," he said.

Cuthright said the project has the potential to supply energy for the whole island.

He added that the testing operations at Hamilton are completed and drilling for the production wells on the site are expected to begin late this summer.

NREI was contracted by the Nevis Island Administration some time ago to harness the island's geothermal energy.

Nevis Peak, the island's potentially active volcano, has had no eruptions since prehistory. However, there are active fumaroles and hot springs on the coastal slopes of the island, which represent low-level volcanic activity.

At present, Costa Rica is the only other country in the Caribbean region that produces geothermal energy.

Geothermal electricity generation is currently used in 24 countries, while geothermal heating is in use in 70 countries.

Geothermal power is considered to be a sustainable, renewable source of energy because the heat extraction is small compared with the Earth's heat content.

Source: http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/st-kitts-nevis-moves-ahead-geothermal-project-3


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