Jun 07 St. Kitts regains Visa Free travel to Canada! Travel, VISA requirments, passport, CBI, St. Kitts and Nevis, Canada, travel restrictions

St. Kitts and Nevis regain Visa free travel to Canada

Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, visited Winnipeg today for an announcement regarding visa-free travel.

Passport holders from 13 countries will now be able to travel to Canada by air without requiring a Temporary Residence Visa. However, this applies only to travellers from these countries who have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa.

Eligible travellers include passport holders from:
- Philippines
- Morocco
- Panama
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Argentina
- Costa Rica
- Uruguay
- Seychelles
- Thailand

Fraser says Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been working to make the pretravel screening process easier, faster, and more affordable. He says this decision will divert thousands of applications from Canada’s visa caseload, allowing IRCC to process visa applications more efficiently.

A similar pilot program was introduced in Brazil in 2017. The minister says that the program was successful in increasing visitors from Brazil by 40% and reducing the caseload in IRCC’s Sao Paulo office by 60%, freeing IRCC officers to work on more complex applications. Visa-free travel to Canada

There are more than 50 countries that can enter Canada without a visa, although most require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if they are arriving by air.

United States citizens do not require an eTA or a visa to enter Canada unless they are moving to Canada to work or study.

Nationals of countries that are not exempt from obtaining a visa, must apply for a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV), also known as a visitor visa.

A TRV allows an individual to visit Canada for a period of six months (although this may differ for some foreign nationals).

Arriving in Canada with a TRV does not give the holder permission to work or study in Canada and they may be asked to demonstrate that the purpose of their visit to Canada is only temporary (such as tourism or visiting family) at their port of entry.

IRCC is currently working through a backlog of TRV applications. The latest backlog data from IRCC shows that 50% of TRV applications are not being processed within service standards, which is 14 days.

Minister Fraser has said TRV applications were impacted by the recent strike by the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The 12-day strike lasted from April 19 until May 1 and Fraser told reporters that there were 100,000 applications not processed during that period that otherwise would have been. He also said that he expects IRCC will be able to catch up to pre-pandemic processing standards within the coming weeks, or a few months.

Source: https://www.cicnews.com/2023/06/breaking-canada-introducing-visa-free-travel-to-13-countries-0635331.html#gs.0ix7zk

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

Mar 23 St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options, Hurricane Relief Fund, CBI programme, Citizenship, sustainable areas, benefit St. Kitts and Nevis,

St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options
From the press unity in the Office of the Prime Minister

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - With the Hurricane Relief Fund (HRF), a temporary investment option under the country's Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, set to expire at the end of this month, the government of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced plans for the introduction of two new options that "will further invigorate [their] CBI programme."

In a national address March 20, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Minister of Finance the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris said the Hurricane Relief Fund was a highly successful initiative that exceeded all expectations, while noting that there are still a number of applications that are being processed under this fund.

However, with the HRF coming to an end within a matter of days, Prime Minister Harris said a new fund, to be called the Sustainable Growth Fund, will be launched as its successor.

"The Sustainable Growth Fund for a single applicant will require a contribution of US$150,000, inclusive of government fees," he said. "The contribution for a family of up to four will be US$195,000, following incremental steps."

Harris noted that the monies collected under this investment offering will invest in sustainable areas that "will benefit every citizen and resident of St. Kitts and Nevis - [in] health care, education, alternative energy, heritage, infrastructure, tourism and culture, climate change and resilience, and the promotion of indigenous entrepreneurship."

Furthermore, Prime Minister Harris also announced plans for the introduction of a revised real estate offering under the country's economic citizenship programme.

"In order to attract luxury resort developments, there is now being proposed another option where real estate offering that requires a US$400,000 investment may attract two applicants at US$200,000, each plus government fees, but this can only be resold after seven years," he said, adding, "we have given favourable consideration to the recommendation by real estate developers for existing developments to qualify for inclusion in the new option."

Prime Minister Harris stressed that this new offering will not replace the existing real estate investment option priced at US$400,000, plus US$75,000 in government fees, and which can still be resold after five years.

These impending changes to the CBI programme came about following an exhaustive consultative process between the federal government, developers and other stakeholders on the way forward for the citizenship programme. Harris assured all that the country's Citizenship by Investment Programme will continue to employ the strictest vetting procedures that have led to St. Kitts and Nevis' CBI programme being recognised throughout the world as the platinum standard.

"We will maintain our very high standards of integrity, rigour and robust due diligence," he said. "The due diligence standards of St. Kitts and Nevis are ranked among the highest in the world. St. Kitts and Nevis not only has the oldest citizenship-by-investment programme in the world, but the most highly regarded. This success was endorsed by the 2018 Passport Index of Henley and Partners, which ranked our programme as No. 1 in the region."

In 2017, St. Kitts and Nevis was also recognized internationally for offering the "World's Most Innovative Investment Immigration Programme" at the Russian Global Citizen Awards ceremony held at Moscow's prestigious Ritz Carlton Hotel. This annual event recognizes the best governments, companies and individuals who have excelled in investment, freedom of movement and residence services.

Source: https://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/local-news/st-kitts-nevis-announces-new-cbi-programme-options/

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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Apr 27 St. Christopher Club to host the swimming portion of the St. Kitts and Nevis Special Olympics St. Kitts and Nevis, Special Olympics, swimming, St. Christopher Club, Nadine Natta, St. Maarten, Connecticut, Special Olympics Summer Games Sheffield, England, floor hockey, running, bocce

Swimming portion to be held at St. Christopher ClubSt. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):Special Olympian hopefuls on St. Kitts and Nevis will participate in their National Games starting this Wednesday at the Kim Collins Athletics Stadium.

Nadine Natta, Special Olympics Association Board Member, told WINN FM that around fifty athletes will contest a number of events with a view to qualifying for the Special Olympics National Summer Games Sheffield, England in August 2017.

"From St. Kitts and Nevis we have about fifty athletes who will be participating in the Games. We will have athletics on Wednesday, including walking, running and other events. On Thursday we head to Nevis for floor hockey or bocce and on Saturday we have the swimming competitions at the St. Christopher Club in Frigate Bay," she said.

On Wednesday the events begin at 9:30 am and run until 5pm and on Saturday the swimming completion will take place at the St. Christopher Club from 9:30am to 3pm. Teams from Connecticut and St. Maarten will be competing with the local athletes. The teams will all comprise adults and young children.

The Association is extending an invitation to the general public to attend the games and show their support for the Special Olympians. The 2015 contingent to the games returned home with several medals.

"We're asking the general public to come on out and support these events; they are all free of cost so we want you to come and show support for these athletes, cheer them on, and show them that we care about Special Olympics."

Source: http://www.winnfm.com/news/local/16673-special-olympians-gear-up-for-national-games

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.


Sep 30 Contracts Signed To Establish Waste Energy Plant In Nevis Nevis, waste to energy, job creation, renewable energy, solar power, geothermal, Omni Alpha

Another step has been taken to solidify plans to establish a Waste to Energy plant on the island of Nevis.

At a press conference on Wednesday (Sept 24), Hon. Mark Brantley, minister of Health, and the directors at Nevis Renewable Energy International announced that documents had been signed to begin the process of building the plant.

"This project is an important project for the island of Nevis, in large measure because it assists us in dealing with our waste problem. We hope through this project to achieve a comprehensive waste solution for the island," Brantley said.

There is also a solar energy component to the project, which is intended to add to other green energy solutions on the island.

"We hope to have in Nevis pretty soon a mix of renewables: wind, waste to energy, solar, and eventually geothermal. It is our goal and objective to become the greenest place on planet Earth, to wean ourselves entirely off fossil fuels and to ensure that the people on the island of Nevis have a sustainable supply of renewable energy,” the minister of health said.

Chris Burgess, Chief Operating Officer at Omni Alpha, a US-based renewable energy developer undertaking the investment, said his company is looking to "speed up our construction time table” and hopes to break ground before the end of the year.

"[We want to] have both systems operating, commissioned and energised by the fourth quarter 2015", he said.

The construction of the plant should provide 50-60 jobs, according to Burgess.

Source: http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/2014/09/26/contract-signing.html

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."

Source: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4df19efdcfabf2e93c58266d7&id=29e75c6d0b&e=b23507c34c

Nov 26 Over EC$100 million in goods and services exported from St. Kitts and Nevis to the U.S. in first 9 months of 2013 St. Kitts and Nevis, sustainable industry, exporting, United States of America, St. Kitts is the largest exporter to America in Caribbean

St. Kitts and Nevis continues to be the leading exporter of goods and services to the United States within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

According to foreign trade statistics issued by the US Census Bureau, exports from St. Kitts and Nevis to the United States for the first nine months of this year were valued at US$39.9 million or EC$107.7 million.

For the first nine months of this year, Antigua and Barbuda exported US$7.2 million (EC$19.4 million) to the United States; Dominica, US$2.1 million (EC$5.6 million); Grenada, US$8.1 million (EC$21.8 million); St. Lucia, US$11.7 million (EC$31.5 million); St. Vincent and the Grenadines, US$1.9 million (EC$5.1 million); Anguilla, US$7.2 million (EC$19.4 million ); British Virgin Islands, US$5.3 million (EC$14.3 million); Montserrat, US$1 million (EC$2.7 million).

St. Kitts and Nevis also led the OECS and Barbados in goods and services exported to the United States in 2012 with a value of nearly US$106.3 million (EC$297 million).

The value of exports to the United States in 2012 from Antigua and Barbuda were valued at US$9.6 million (EC$25.9 million); Anguilla, US$3.6 million (EC$9.7 million); Dominica, US$1.7 million (EC$4.5 million); Grenada, US$8.4 million (EC$22.6 million); St. Lucia, US$15.2 million (EC$41 million); Montserrat, US$1. 8 million (EC$6.7 million); St. Vincent and the Grenadines, US$2.3 million (EC$6.2 million) and the British Virgin Islands, US$12.9 million (EC$34.8 million).

Between 2000 and 2011 St. Kitts and Nevis also led the OECS and Barbados with goods and services to the United States valued US$115.8 million (EC$312.6 million) in 2011; US$131 million (EC$353.7 million) in 2010; US$108.1 million (EC$291.8 million in 2009); US$123.9 million (EC$334.5 million) in 2008; US$110.7 million (EC$298.8 million) in 2007; US$127.2 million (EC$343.4 million) in 2006; US$94.1 million (EC$254 million) in 2005; US$60.3 million (EC$162.8 million) in 2004; US$58.8 million (EC$158.7 million) in 2003; US$49.5 million (EC$133.6 million) in 2002; US$40.3 million (EC$108.8 million) in 2001 and US$58.3 million (EC$157.4 million) in 2000.

St. Kitts and Nevis companies exporting to the United States and their products are Lutron Liamuiga (dimmer switches and fan speed controls); API Harowe (St. Kitts) Ltd (small motors, PC Board Assemblies, Rotor Assemblies and resolvers); Kajola-Kristada (connectors, filters, trap and surface mounts; for the Cable TV and Communications Industry); CSR/DDL (CSR rum/brand), Brinley (flavoured rum products) and Jaro Electronics (industrial motors and transformers. Although Caribelle Batik does not directly ship its products in boxes to the United States, visiting American tourists accounted for a large percentage of sales.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=4038&post200803=true

Nov 22 Nevis Island Partners with NREI to Develop Geothermal Energy Plant Nevis, renewable energy, geothermal, NREI, Nevis Electric Company Limited, Nevis Renewable Energy International

Nevis powers up and paves the way for a greener Caribbean with its investment in renewable energy
PR Newswire

CHARLESTOWN, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nov. 21, 2013

CHARLESTOWN, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nevis Cabinet announced today that Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) is their choice as the developer of its geothermal energy project.

This much anticipated project, spearheaded by Acting Premier, Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley will reduce and eventually eliminate Nevis' need for existing diesel-fired electrical generation and replace it with renewable energy.

"Nevis is committed to beginning this journey on the path to greener living," says Acting Premier, Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley. He also stated that "The use of renewable energy will result in a reduction of emissions of pollutants and Green House Gases, thus advancing Nevis' commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)."

"The use of geothermal energy will not only make Nevis a greener place in the future, but also makes it less vulnerable to volatile oil prices, as the cost of geothermal energy is stabilized under a long-term contract," stated Minister Alexis Jeffers, Senior Minister in the Ministry of Utilities. He added that Nevis currently needs to import 4,250,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.

Nevis Electricity Company Limited (NEVLEC) and the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) have been working together to select a company to use for geothermal energy development and geothermal power plant design, construction and operation on Nevis Island. Throughout the procurement process, NEVLEC and NIA have placed a strong emphasis on identifying a technically and financially qualified development partner for the Island's considerable geothermal resource potential that would create the most value for the island and NEVLEC's rate paying customers.

Beginning in January 2014, NREI will construct a geothermal power plant and injection and production wells on 79 acres of Crown Land leased from the Nevis Island Administration. In addition to providing lower cost, cleaner electricity for Nevis, this can potentially be expanded to include St Kitts and other islands in the future. With the support and expertise of NREI, the project will utilize local resources as much as possible for site development, planning and construction; create new economic opportunities for local businesses; and mentor Nevisian government, educational and other organizations by providing technology transfer and training in areas of geology, modelling, well design/drilling, power plant development, operation, maintenance and technical/financial risk assessment. In so doing, NREI will assist NEVLEC and NIA to design and implement a geothermal program that will enable Nevis to develop the expertise needed to serve as a center of excellence for geothermal development throughout the West Indies.

As Nevis moves forward with its renewable energy development project, Island authorities wish to maintain its authentic Caribbean feel. Sustainable tourism is Nevis' goal. The island has a laid back attitude, a pristine landscape and a superb restaurant scene that does not include any fast food chains. It is home to only one 5-star resort and other lodging choices are old world style Plantation Inns. While Nevis moves forward in its efforts to provide sustainable power to its people and its neighbours, it plans to remain, as Acting Premier Brantley likes to say "how the Caribbean used to be. Now we will strive to earn the accolade, the greenest place on earth."

Nevis is part of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and is located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. For more information about the island of Nevis, please contact the Nevis Tourism Authority, telephone 1.869.469.7550, visit our website www.nevisisland.com or our Facebook page – The Island of Nevis, West Indies and follow Nevis on Twitter.

Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1602565#ixzz2lOPXAWE4

Nov 08 Seaborne Airlines Introduces Service to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis Continues Caribbean Fleet Growth St. Kitts, flights, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rober L. Bradshaw International Airport, Nevis, Vance Amory International Airport, Seaborne Airlines

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Seaborne Airlines announced today that they will launch a new route between Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and St Kitt's Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB), with continuous service to Nevis' Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV), beginning Wednesday, January 15th, 2014. The flights will operate daily.

Seaborne will operate 34-seat Saab aircraft with two pilots, a flight attendant and the outstanding in-flight service Seaborne is known for. Whether for local Puerto Rican visitors or connecting customers from the states, Seaborne's schedule makes Caribbean travel easy.

Departing from SJU: 3:25 PM
Arriving SKB: 4:50
Departing from SKB: 5:10 PM
Arriving NEV 5:30 PM (Customers stay on the plane at SKB)
Departing from NEV: 7:00 AM
Arriving SKB: 7:20 AM (Customers stay on the plane at SKB)
Departing from SKB: 7:50 AM
Arriving SJU 9:00 AM

"The new Seaborne routes strengthen Puerto Rico's place as a Caribbean five-star destination, with excellent air access infrastructure and flight options ", stated Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. We are certain that the flights from St. Kitts and Nevis will make Puerto Rico even more attractive to residents and visitors of the Caribbean region by providing convenient options that fit their schedule and budget".

"Seaborne is building out an exciting new flight network between Puerto Rico and the neighboring islands," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of International Transport for the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis. "This San Juan service will also add valuable capacity to the system of air bridges we have been developing between St. Kitts & Nevis and various international source markets."

"Nevis welcomes Seaborne Airlines to serve the needs of our visitors and local travellers alike.

San Juan-Nevis is a critical link between Nevis and the United States of America. The Government and people of Nevis look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Seaborne. This new service is excellent news for Nevis and demonstrates Seaborne's commitment to investing in and developing new markets", said Honorable Mark A.G. Brantley, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism for Nevis.

To commemorate the launch of Seaborne's fourteenth airport in the Caribbean, Seaborne is offering fares as low as $129 one-way, with taxes included for travel. Bookings must be made by December 15, 2013 for travel by March 31, 2014. Flights can be reserved via seaborneairlines.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity or through your local travel agency.

Seaborne also announced the addition of four more 34-seat Saab aircraft in the first half of 2014. "These planes will increase our Caribbean fleet to thirteen aircraft, providing travelers throughout the Caribbean with even more travel options and the service they deserve", said Gary Foss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaborne Airlines.

About Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines has been operating in the Caribbean for over 20 years, carrying over two million customers safely. With over 1,800 monthly departures to fourteen airports planned by January, Seaborne serves San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Vieques, St. Thomas airport and seaplane bases, St. Croix airport and seaplane bases, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, La Romana, Dominican Republic in December and now St. Kitts and Nevis in January, 2014. All flights operate with two pilots and twin engines under Federal Air Regulation Part 121, the strictest code of the US Federal Air Regulation governing air travel.

Source: http://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Seaborne-Airlines-to-launch-San-Juan-St-Kitts-route/

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

Oct 28 2013 MaccaX Nevis Triathlon will be staged on the Caribbean island of Nevis St. Kitts, Nevis, triathlon, Macca, Nevis tourism, St. Kitts tourism, 3 day triathlon, swimming, 5k run,

St. Kitts & Nevis - As the end of the 2013 multisport season draws to a close, the Nevis Tourism Authority and the St. Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation has officially launched the Macca X Nevis Triathlon to take place on Saturday, November 16th 2013. This follows the signing of a partnership agreement between the Federation and professional Triathlete, and multiple times Ironman World Champion, Chris 'Macca' McCormack.

The 2013 Macca X Nevis Triathlon will be staged on the Caribbean island of Nevis which has been recognized as one of the most exotic places to race and the triathlon, a must-do on the racing circuit.

The international meet is one of triathlon's premier races attracting entrants from around the globe including Australia, France, USA, Great Britain, South Africa and Brazil; as well as the Caribbean region. The completion consists of a 1.5K swim, 60K cycle event and 10K run, plus a standard sprint distance, 750m/20k/5k.

The 3 day triathlon festival will kick off with a swim event and a charity 5k run that has McCormack and the other visiting triathletes competing.

Greg Phillip, Chief Executive Officer of the Nevis Tourism Authority, said, "We are thrilled to have Chris on board. His collaboration with the Nevis Tourism Authority and the St. Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation will bring our event to the attention of more athletes and will increase the level of participation".

Speaking of his association with the Nevis Triathlon and the re-branding of the event as the Macca X Nevis International Triathlon Mr. McCormack said, "I am looking forward to again returning to Nevis to race. The island is magical and the 'course' presents a unique challenge in a stunningly beautiful environment. I have raced in some incredible places but Nevis is seriously spectacular. This is a beautiful and energetic race with a feeling of camaraderie among the participants and I am pleased to be now officially associated with the event".

The Nevis International Triathlon began 11 years ago as a celebration of Tourism Week on the island. Over the years, the event has been recognized internationally for the high standard of competition by triathlon publications.

In 2008 Triathlete Magazine listed it as one of its Top 5 Must-Do Races. In 2011 Triathlete Europe named it on its list of Top 20 Must-Do Races. In 2011 L'Equipe Magazine listed Nevis as one of its three most exotic locations for triathlon.

Source: http://sflcn.com/story.php?id=13135

Jun 18 Plans for Belle Vue Wind Farm moves forward Belle Vue, wind farm, renewable energy, Mark Tippett, North Star, St. Kitts, Nevis

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, June 17th, 2013 (CUOPM) - Representatives of North Star are currently on St. Kitts to move forward plans to implement a wind farm at Belle Vue.

"The next step is for the GOSKN and North Star to finalize a handful of open items that can be concluded in only a few days with the dedicated efforts of GOSKN and North Star representatives. Our representatives are on island now and will remain until these negotiations are concluded. The project will then move to financial closing and then construction," said Mark Tippett, Founder and CEO.

He disclosed that during the meeting with Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in New York, last week, the Prime Minister took the time to explain the importance of the wind project in his Government's overall energy plans and initiatives, emphasizing that this wind project is only one part of a long-term plan to increase power generation and decrease the cost of electricity.

"North Star is in total agreement with the Prime Minister's initiatives and agrees that the wind project is an important first step. The Belle Vue Wind Farm represents a small portion of the island's overall energy needs, but it's a critical demonstration of the Government's long-term commitment to energy cost reductions both through lower-cost renewables and also through very important conservation initiatives. North Star is anxious to deliver on this project for the benefit of the people of St. Kitts," said Mr. Tippett.

Cabinet proposed some refinement on pricing terms that were analyzed by North Star and, in a meeting with the Prime Minister on June 9th, 2013, North Star communicated that they are in agreement with Cabinet's pricing proposal.

He pointed out that following very informative and productive Cabinet presentations in March and April of 2013, North Star received, what can only be described as a positive development in the Governments renewable energy initiatives.

Mr. Tippett said the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is of the view of significant benefits to be had from implementing the Belle Vue Wind Farm and encouraged North Star to finalize its negotiations with the Government.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/75117

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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