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/


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/


Mar 02 St. Kitts & Nevis is Showcased as a Golf Destination St. Kitts and Nevis, golf, PGA, Canada, US, tourism, sports, St. Kitts Marriott, Cobra PUMA Golf, Carib beer, Royal Beach Casino, golf club



St. Kitts & Nevis is Showcased as a Golf DestinationBasseterre, St. Kitts - (March 2, 2015) - Teams of PGA club professionals and amateur golfers along with their guests all enjoyed the lush natural beauty and warm hospitality of St. Kitts & Nevis during the Fifth Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Admiral's Cup Pro-Am Tournament, held on both islands of the Federation from February 17-21, 2015.

"The Pro-Am tournament is a premier event to help build awareness for our twin-island nation within the lucrative golf travel niche market," said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. "Considering that we have a new championship course which is on schedule to open this year, Irie Fields at Kittitian Hill, and another championship course at Christophe Harbour slated to open in 2016 on St. Kitts, it is critical that we promote our product now."

The Admiral's Cup Pro-Am is an annual golf event for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. It is a five-day team tournament in which a PGA Club Professional and three amateurs pair up to compete against other teams from golf clubs across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. The 54-hole annual event was contested over the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club designed by Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom and the signature Robert Trent Jones II course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, two of the Caribbean's most scenic and challenging courses. Rounds one and three of the tournament were played on the links-style Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, an 18-hole course featuring holes on both the Caribbean and Atlantic which is managed by Marriott Golf. Round two was played at the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, featuring the par 71, 18-hole championship mountain-side course that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and St. Kitts with a spectacular beach-side finishing 18th green.

All participants, guests, and sponsors of the Admiral's Cup Pro-Am were treated to warm hospitality and great golf. While temperatures dipped into the single digits back in the U.S., attendees enjoyed relaxing in the sun at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino, host resort of the event for the 5th year in a row. Additional event sponsors included the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Cobra PUMA Golf, Carib Beer, Kantours and Brinley Gold Rum. All attendees were treated to nightly parties, on-course hospitality stations, and player gift bags filled with prizes valued at more than $400 USD. They also explored the island, going zipliningand dining out at restaurants from Carambola Beach Club to Fisherman's Wharf. After 36-holes of Team Best Ball competition, the CC of Columbus (Georgia) team led by Host PGA Professional Brian Stubbs held a one-stroke lead on the field at 121. Seven teams were within 5 shots of the lead heading into the final round's tough Two Best Ball format (1 gross + 1 net), including the Wilmington Island Club from Savannah, Georgia, the event's 2012 Team Champions. However, it was the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club #2 team, led by Amateur Louis Canise, a 2-handicap golfer who learned the game on the nearby island of St. Lucia and carded a 4-under par 67 on his own ball, pulled away from the field. As a result, Canise and his teammates Adrian Norford (Team Captain), Everton Harvey and Vernon Veira, were presented the winning Admiral's Cup by Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.

The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club Team #2 was one of three entered into the competition from the Host Club, capturing the Championship with a final score of 246. Their victory marked the first time in the event's history that one of the host teams took top honors in the annual competition. The Wilmington Island Club consisting of Host PGA Professional Patrick Richardson and amateurs Ron Wodkowski, David Schaller and Wilson Tillotson, captured runner-up honors with a team score of 259, marking the third time in four years the team placed in the event. The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club #1 team of Team Captain Anand Harridyal, Harry Harridyal, Andy Orr and David Wright took third place honors, one shot back at 260.

To learn more about the Admiral's Cup Pro-Am and golf in St. Kitts and Nevis, visit www.StKittsProAm.com. The tournament is managed exclusively by The Golf Connection LLC for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.

About St. Kitts:

In conjunction with existing courses, the Irie Fields Golf Club at Kittitian Hill, designed by former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam, and the Tom Fazio designed course at Christophe Harbour, will form a spectacular quartet of world class golf courses, each of which is adjacent to luxury resorts and residential developments. In 2014, LINKS Magazine included St. Kitts & Nevis in its newly created ranking of the Top 25 Islandsin the world for golf travel and it is one of just seven Caribbean islands on the list.

In fact, the twin-island Federation has recently appeared in a number of must-visit lists and rankings. St. Kitts is currently ranked, with sister island Nevis, at #3 on a list of the Best Islands in the World, #3 on a list of the Best Caribbean Vacations, and #7 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #8 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, and #8 on a list of the Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations by US News & World Report. It is also currently ranked at #7 among the Hottest Places to Travel this Winter by CNN Money based on bookings received by Virtuoso, #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime, #14 on a list of the 50 Travel Destinations That Will Be Huge In The Next 10 Years as well as #8 on a list of the 25 Best Caribbean Islands by Business Insider, one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor. St. Kitts & Nevis has also been named one of the Top 15 Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015by The Huffington Post and has been ranked by The New York Times at #34 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015. In addition, St. Kitts received the "Innovative Destination of the Year" Award in Caribbean Journal's Caribbean Travel Awards 2014.

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination's natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island's stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island's former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts' exclusive casino or simply relaxing on a sandy beach. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.

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Dec 04 St. Kitts Cruise Season Off To a Thrilling Start St. Kitts, tourism, cruise ships, great beginning to the season, sight-seeing, sea and sun bathing on the beaches, snorkeling, sailing to Nevis, horseback riding, golfing, casino gambling, shopping, biking, wide variety of other adventures



St. Kitts Cruise Season Off To a Thrilling Start

BASSETERRE (4th December 2013): The cruise season got off to an excellent start in November with close to 80,000 passengers expected to have come ashore from 28 cruise ship visits.

Last week Thursday St. Kitts received four cruise ships calls, bringing a total of about 8,188 passengers to the island.

Port Zante buzzed with economic flurry as dispatchers directed tourists to tour and taxi operators to go sight-seeing, sea and sun bathing on the beaches, snorkeling, sailing to Nevis, horseback riding, golfing, casino gambling, shopping, biking and wide variety of other adventures.

Projections for the 2013-2014 season call for more than 700,000 guests expected from 183 ship days.

Also, 15 new cruise ships will visit during this season. One of those ships, the Carnival Conquest, visited the destination in November with 3,700 passengers.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Carolyn James, went onboard the Carnival Conquest to personally welcome the Captain, and present him with a plaque to commemorate the inaugural visit.

"The inaugural call of the Carnival Conquest is a testament to the quality of the destination's expanding infrastructure," James said. "St. Kitts can provide an authentic Caribbean experience that clearly appeals to cruise passengers."

James pointed out that St. Kitts' survival as a cruise destination depends on the ability of tourism industry to deliver value-added services to guests on a sustainable basis.

"Our guests need to feel that we want them here,” James said. “Visitors need to feel welcomed, and the needs of each guest must be respected individually if they are to give our destination a good report. And I hasten to add that our guests do not expect to be harassed or want to experience angry situations and personal abuse."

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Nov 06 Beach Profiling Project re-launched by NIA's Department of Physical Planning Nevis, beaches, nevis island administration department of physical planning, environment and natural resources, beach profiling, Lemuel Pemberton, Pinney's beach, Garling bay, Dog bay, Black bay, Long Hall bay, Mosquito bay, Jacks bay, Sea Bridge, Cotton Ground, Jessups, beach erosion,



A Beach Monitoring Programme, which allows the Nevis Island's Administration's Department of Physical Planning, Environment and Natural Resources to collect data from the main beaches on Nevis and assess the changes to the island's coastline, has been re-launched.

A beach profile describes the landscape and measurement of the beach, both above the water and below it.

Environmental Specialist Lemuel Pemberton, in an interview with the Department of Information on October 30, 2013 at Gallows Bay, said the Department of Physical Planning had re-launched the Beach Profiling Project to re-establish markers on the island's main beaches and establish new points to determine changes to each beach over time.

According to Pemberton, the beaches which have been analysed so far by the Department of Physical Planning include New Castle, Nisbet's, Herbert's, Lovers' and Pinney's beaches, 'Garling', Dog, Black, Long Hall, Mosquito and Jacks bays, beaches north of the Sea Bridge, the beach near the Mariner's Pub, and beaches in Cotton Ground, Paradise and Jessups.

"What people, the Department of Planning and the government, over the years have been interested in are the changes in the main beaches on Nevis... so there can be comparisons. So when we speak about beach erosion or sand mining, any issues like climate change, we can be well informed because the data is there.

"Generally we have lost beach, definitely in the Pinney's Beach area. There were a number of palm trees, apart from the disease [the lethal yellowing] which has destroyed or caused the death some of the palm trees, some have been lost to storms. They are no longer there as markers so we have to re-establish some new points," he said.

Pemberton explained that the project which originally started during the 1980's was put on pause about six years ago. He said data collected, up to that point in 2007, reveals that some of the island's beaches had experienced some seasonal erosion.

"It showed that there was a considerable amount of erosion on most of the beaches. On some, there has been a little bit of accumulation but then what happens is that it is seasonal. So at some times of the year, you come here probably around December toward January then the beach will not be so wide but it would be wider at the southern end, so what you do, you attract seasonal changes.

"What you should also do is immediately after a storm, if there is a major storm, you check. You take the beach profile. In another three months, you will also check it again to see what changes have been made, whether the beach has recovered or that there has been no change," he said.

Also participating in the Beach Profiling Project are Physical Planning Officer in the Department of Planning Thema Ward, Geographic Information Systems Officer Joel Williams, and Environmental Officer Claudia Walwyn.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/81015


Feb 05 Scotch Bonnet Update construction, photo update, scotch bonnet, exterior photos, Turtle beach, secluded, st kitts, nevis



With a recent photo update of both Manor by the Sea and Vista Villas, it is now time for Scotch Bonnet to get a little online attention.

Scotch Bonnet main entrance

Check back later this week as we'll be posting more photos and some interior shots as well.

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