Oct 25 St. Kitts and Nevis, one of 10 Caribbean destinations where tourist arrivals growing St. Kitts, tourism, St. Kitts is one of top 10 islands in Caribbean, St. Kitts is one of top 10 destinations in Caribbean, arrivals going up, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Barbados, Jamaica, Anguilla, Aruba, Belize, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guyana, Haiti, Monsterrat, Suriname



St. Kitts and Nevis, one of 10 Caribbean destinations where tourist arrivals growingBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 24th 2013 (CUOPM) - The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) says St. Kitts and Nevis is one of 10 tourism destinations in the Caribbean where tourist arrivals are growing faster than the world average.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper arrivals to the Caribbean remain flat, despite 15.6 million tourists visiting the region between January and July this year.

Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Beverly Nicholson-Doty said there was no incremental difference when compared to the same period last year, but actual levels still remain above pre-crisis levels.

The CTO chairman told the media during a briefing on the final day of the State of the Industry Conference at the Madiana Palais des Congrès Convention Centre in Martinique last Friday that the findings, which were compiled by the CTO, show results from 18 destinations within the Caribbean.

She said seventeen of them recorded increases in tourist arrivals, with 10 growing faster than the world average of 5.2 per cent.

The 10 include Anguilla, Aruba, Belize, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guyana, Haiti, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Suriname.

Jamaica was not included in this list, owing to the closure and refurbishing of several hotels.

Indications are that the best-performing sub-region is the Dutch Caribbean, which recorded a 4.6 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year, while other markets such as South America have been doing exceptionally well.

While the United States (US) remains the region's largest source market, only a marginal growth of 0.8 percent was recorded in the January to July period, revealed CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley.

Riley said about 7.8 million tourists visited the region from the United States, an indication that the market share for the US rose slightly, moving from 49.6 percent in 2012 to 50.4 percent.

In the case of the Canadian market, which was referred to as the saving grace up to two years ago, there was contraction by 1.5 percent for the same period.

Riley, pointing out that the market share fell marginally to 13.1 percent, said 2.1 million Canadians visited the region in 2013 compared to 2.2 million in 2012.

Canadians took 1.6 percent fewer outbound trips to places other than the US. Their trips to the United States increased by 4.3 percent, a shift that statisticians at the CTO warn should be noted.

Not surprising, European arrivals to the Caribbean declined by 5.1 percent so far this year, a situation many still blame on the air passenger duty imposed by the United Kingdom.

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States was the region worst hit by the fall-off in European arrivals. It registered a 4.1 percent drop in arrivals from the UK, while CARICOM countries, including Jamaica, registered a 1.7 percent fall-off.

Cruise passenger arrivals to the Caribbean are also down, with 13.4 million visitors sailing into the region up to the end of July.

The State of the Industry Conference brought together decision-makers from the public and private sectors, academics, government officials, hoteliers, travel professionals, and journalists from the region and around the world. The conference ran from October 16-18.

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Oct 09 St. Kitts and Nevis fourth among 16 Best Islands in the World St. Kitts, tourism, top 10 caribbean destinations, top 16 islands in the world, best honeymoon islands, best place to visit in the Caribbean



Another accolade for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

USA News and World Report has ranked St. Kitts and Nevis in fourth place among the 16 Best Islands in the World and the only Caribbean nation in the top five. Six of the 16 are in the Caribbean.

No.1 is Santorini; 2. Bora Bora; 3. Maldives; 4. St. Kitts and Nevis; 5. Fiji; 6. Maui; 7. Cayman Islands; 8. St. Maarten - St. Martin; 9. Seychelles; 10. Bali; 11. Mykonos; 12. Kauai; 13. Anguiila; 14. Galapagos; 15. United States Virgin Islands and 16. Dominica.

St. Kitts and Nevis is also ranked #2 in the Best Places to visit in the Caribbean; #5 in Best Affordable Caribbean Destination and #7 in Best Caribbean Honeymoon.

Out of 21 Caribbean countries, the overall visit ranking for St. Kitts is #2 in 2012.

St. Kitts is #5 for likeliness of coming back to the island. In the category of Visit Met Expectations, St. Kitts placed 2nd.

The Taxi's and the Local Transportation is 2nd among the 21 Caribbean destinations.

Last year, St. Kitts was named one of "5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now" by MSNBC. It was also named one of the "Top 12 Spots that should be on your list to visit in 2012" by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island's Brimstone Hill Fortress was one of "10 Great Places To Explore The World's Best-Kept Secrets" by USA Today.

In 2011, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.

An international survey carried out by the United States company, Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA) based on feedback from visitors about their experience to the 21 cruise destinations, found St. Kitts improved its ranking in the overall visit, meeting expectations, taxi/local transportation, historic sites and museums and tour satisfaction categories.

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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.

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