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


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


Jan 27 Government Pursues New Diplomatic Allies and Visa-Free Access to More Countries Canada, St. Kitts, visa free travel, diplomatic ties, foreign affairs. Justin Trudeau, Mark Brantley



Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 25, 2016 (SKNIS): The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is preparing to tap further into diplomatic channels as it engages the Government of Canada to restore visa-free access for nationals traveling to the North American country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Mark Brantley, said that while no formal discussions were held with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his recent family vacation in Nevis, there is a plan to "engage Canada formally."

"We have unfortunately been delayed in that engagement because of the elections in Canada," Minister Brantley said, referring to the October 2015 Federal Elections which saw a change in government. However, the foreign affairs minister indicated that he has since met on the sidelines with his Canadian counterpart in Malta and had discussions on several matters.

St. Kitts and Nevis also has a formal presence in Canada in the person of High Commissioner, Her Excellency Shirley Skerritt. Minister Brantley said last year's opening of the High Commission in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, highlighted the government's commitment to strengthen the existing relationship and springboard discussions on the restoration of visa-free travel.

"I can't make promises but I feel optimistic that we will overcome this particular hurdle," the foreign minister stated. "I think that it is important to restore it because it is important for our reputation; it is important for our people to be able to travel freely to as many countries as possible.

St. Kitts and Nevis enjoys good standing in many international circles and according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the twin-island federation is one of the leaders in economic performance and projected growth in the Caribbean and Central America.

Senior Diplomat Brantley said that it is key, to build on St. Kitts and Nevis' positive reputation by seeking out new opportunities to establish diplomatic ties and also increase the federation's visa-free access to more countries.

"We are very close to concluding visa waiver with Russia," he said. "We are pursuing that with Ukraine, with Indonesia. We, just last year, got visa free access to Brazil, [and] we are pursuing it with South Africa."

Authorities are also working with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to have representation in South Africa. Efforts are being pursued to establish diplomatic relations with Senegal. Minister Brantley added that Nigeria is an important "center of power" on the African continent and that continued engagement at the honorary consul level will continue. Establishing honorary consuls in Ghana and Ethiopia are also being considered, he said.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/94917


May 07 Private Terminal Opens at St. Kitts Airport Yulounge, private jet terminal, private jets, St. Kitts, flights, travel



Basseterre, St. Kitts (May 7, 2014) - One of the key tourism projects announced previously by the St. Kitts & Nevis Government has opened its doors for business. The new Private Terminal with YU Lounge service has opened its doors as of Friday, May 2, 2014, and is now welcoming guests.

"With a number of strategic tourism-related capital projects underway, including the upcoming opening of the upscale Kittitian Hill Resort, this new Private Terminal at the RLB International Airport is debuting at the ideal time," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. "This facility now gives our twin-island destination a competitive edge in appealing to the discerning luxury market that requires the world-class, customer-centric service it provides. I am pleased that our visitors will now have the option for such a luxurious arrival and departure experience, almost as if their resort or villa accommodation experience has begun and ended at the Airport itself."

Located west of the main airport parking apron at The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Yu Lounge is designed to deliver a seamless and efficient fast-tracking service to individuals and small groups flying into St. Kitts either by private jet or by commercial flight. Specialized world-class services for private jet aircraft crew are also featured. The facility offers well-appointed full service arrival and departure lounges as well as a dedicated crew lounge and a comprehensive range of ground handling services for aircraft operators. The buildings, the interior furnishings, and landscaping were designed by Bobby Mukherji & Associates, recognized as one of India's top ten design firms, and constructed by Lennox Warner & Associates, a local St. Kitts general contractor.

The Private Terminal is the result of a joint-venture effort between the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis, SCASPA (The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority) and the Veling Group, with full ownership to be transferred to SCASPA at the end of the concession contract period. Veling is an aviation company with activities in aircraft sales and leasing that is headquartered in Mauritius with offices in London and Dubai. For more information about Veling and the YU Lounge, visit www.veling.aero or www.yulounge.com.

Source: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4df19efdcfabf2e93c58266d7&id=5729da281b&e=b23507c34c


Jan 16 Seaborne Airlines Makes First Flights to St Kitts, Nevis St. Kitts travel, tourism, St. Kitts flights, Puerto Rico, Seaborne Airlines



Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines made its first-ever flight to St Kitts on Wednesday.

The flight, which departed from San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, continued after St Kitts to land at Nevis' Vance Amory International Airport.

Seaborne, which announced its move to Puerto Rico last month, is operating the service with 34-seat Saab aircraft with two pilots and a flight attendant.

The flights depart San Juan at 3:25 PM and arrive in St Kitts at 4:50, before departing for Nevis at 5:10 and arriving at 5:30.

The flight departs Nevis the following morning at 7 AM, arrives in St Kitts at 7:30 AM and returns to Puerto Rico at 7:50 AM.

The carrier is in the midst of a major expansion in the Caribbean, with four more 34-seat Saabs on the way this year.

Seaborne will receive an official welcome in St Kitts next week.

Source: http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/01/16/seaborne-airlines-makes-first-flights-to-st-kitts-nevis/


Feb 13 St. Kitts hotels in air/land package sale with American Airlines from New York and Miami American Airlines, flights, specials, New York, JFK Airport, Miami, Miami International Airport, travel between March and June



American Airlines special from Miami or New York to St KittsBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 13TH 2013 (CUOPM) - American Airlines and several hotels on St. Kitts have launched an air/land package sale to the Caribbean destination.

A statement from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority on Wednesday said the Air/Land Package sale are on American Airlines' non-stop flights to St. Kitts's Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport from New York's JFK Airport and Florida's Miami International Airport.

"The timing of this package sale is ideal for driving traffic during the upcoming shoulder season and the inclusion of both gateways yields a wide base of potential travelers in two of St. Kitts' top US source markets for visitor arrivals," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts' Minister of Tourism & International Transport.

The package must be booked in conjunction with a hotel stay at one of St. Kitts' participating hotels and is available from AA Vacations or via a preferred travel provider. The package must be booked by March 15, 2013 for travel between March 1 and June 13, 2013. A Sunday night stay is also required and the maximum length of stay is 30 days. Accommodations can be upgraded at an additional cost. Other restrictions, charges, taxes and fees may apply.

Participating hotels are: Bird Rock Beach Hotel, Sugar Bay Club Resort, Timothy Beach Resort, Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino, Ottley's Plantation Inn and Frigate Bay Resort.

American Airlines flies non-stop to St. Kitts from Miami daily with twice daily service on Fridays and Sundays. Flight AA2281 departs Miami at 11:20am and arrives into St. Kitts at 3:15pm and, on Fridays and Sundays, Flight AA1163 departs Miami at 4:45pm and arrives into St. Kitts at 8:40pm. Return flight AA814 departs St. Kitts at 3:20pm and arrives into Miami at 6:45pm and, on Fridays and Sundays, return flight AA1728 departs St. Kitts at 7:40am and arrives into Miami at 11:05am. The carrier also flies non-stop to St. Kitts from JFK on Wednesdays and Sundays, with flight AA2051 departing JFK at 7:50am and arriving into St. Kitts at 12:05pm, and return flight AA1990 departing St. Kitts at 1:10pm and arriving into JFK at 5:59pm. All flights are listed in local time.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3528&post200803=true


Jan 12 Air Canada resumes scheduled seasonal service to St. Kitts from Toronto Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, flights to St. Kitts, Toronto, Canada, Caribbean, tourism, air travel



Air Canada resumes flights to St. KittsBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, January 9th, 2013 (CUOPM) - Air Canada has begun its second scheduled seasonal service into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

The weekly service started in 2012 for the peak winter 2011/2012 travel season which ends in April 2013.

The non-stop flight will operate from Toronto on Fridays and is the twin-island Federation's only non-stop commercial flight from Canada, effectively making St. Kitts and its sister island, Nevis, a more viable winter destination choice for travelers from this key North American market.

Air Canada flight AC1778 arrives at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport at 4:15 p.m. every Friday with the same-day return flight AC1779 leaving for Toronto at 5:15 p.m.

Air Canada uses an Airbus 319 aircraft with 108 Economy Class seats and 12 Business Class seats for this flight.

The Air Canada Vacations is very significant for St. Kitts and Nevis as Canada has always been a valuable source market for visitors and investors as well as home to a large contingent of nationals in that North American country.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/68186


Jan 05 St. Kitts ranks among the Best with Top Media tourism, top 10, 2012, 2013, St. Kitts, SmarterTravel.com, 10 Caribbean Islands You Shouldn't Miss, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine, Caribbean Travel + Life magazine, Top 10 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations by PureTravel.com



Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 4th, 2013 - 2012 was a banner year for St. Kitts in the travel press with a number of top publications, including US News and World Report, MSNBC, About.com and USA Today, singling out the island as among the best places to visit.

The most recent accolade, on December 27, went to St. Kitts' popular Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack, named as one of the 20 Great Caribbean Beach Bars by About.com, which had also included Cockleshell Beach in a list of the Top 20 Beaches in the Caribbean earlier in the year.

"More and more respected media outlets are recognizing St. Kitts as our tourism product develops," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport. "These publications are read by affluent, discerning travelers, who have the discretionary income to spend on our islands to the benefit of our local people. The six-year story of the acceleration of our tourism development since the closure of our sugar industry is a remarkable one that is being discovered by more and more quality media concerns.

In 2006, our Government created a multi-tiered strategic plan aimed to stimulate investment in our tourism infrastructure and a shift to a more targeted visitor. Simultaneously, we began aggressively marketing our destination and focusing on improving our standards and empowering our people in order to reap the maximum benefits from the sector."

St. Kitts is currently ranked at #2 in a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations and #4 in a list of the 12 Best Islands in the World by US News and World Report. Just last month, St. Kitts was named one of the Top 10 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations by PureTravel.com and in November it rated among the Editor's Picks for 2012-2013: Best of the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel and Leisure.

In February, St. Kitts was dubbed one of the 10 Caribbean Islands You Shouldn't Miss - The Best of the Caribbean in 2012" by SmarterTravel.com as well as one of 5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now by MSNBC (as syndicated from a December 2011/January 2012 article in Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine. The island was also designated as one of the Top 12 Spots that Should Be On Your List for 2012 by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine.

In addition, many of the island's tourism attractions were selected as hot spots to experience in 2012. In January, the island's Brimstone Hill Fortress was cited as one of 10 Great Places To Explore The World's Best-Kept Secrets by USA Today while Cruise-Addicts.com called Port Zante one of "10 Great Caribbean Cruise Ports.

The combined readership for the above designations alone is more than 1 billion, effectively promoting St. Kitts as a premiere vacation destination.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/67924