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

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.


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

St. Kitts receives "Commendable Destination Award"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 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/

Mar 01 Lineup Set for St Kitts Music Festival Music Festival, Fetty Wap, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Patti LaBelle, Rhythm of the Beat,Sizzla, Kalonji, August Alsina, Wayne Wonder, Chacka Demus & Pliers, Dejout, Byron Messia, Nu Vybes & Small Axe, Spice, Destra, KES The Band, Nailah Blackman, St. Kitts Music Festival, Christophe Harbor, Salt Plage

St. Kitts Music Festival 2018 line up announced

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

The St Kitts Tourism Authority has released the roster of musical artists who will be performing at the 22nd Annual St Kitts Music Festival.

The festival will take place from June 27 - July 1, 2018.

"We are extremely pleased to have such an exciting and diverse range of artists confirmed to perform in this year's St Kitts Music Festival," said Lindsay Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. "Each year, we strive to feature a variety of musical genres that appeal to both international and local audiences. This year continues that tradition, so we expect another dynamic event with a wealth of outstanding and memorable performances."

Thursday, June 28 will feature Soca Fusion: Nu Vybes & Small Axe, Spice, Destra, KES The Band and Nailah Blackman.

Friday, June 29 will feature Sizzla, Kalonji, August Alsina, Wayne Wonder, Chacka Demus & Pliers, Dejout and Byron Messia.

Finally, Saturday will feature Fetty Wap, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Patti LaBelle and Rhythm of the Beat.

On the evening of Wednesday, June 27, the Music Festival will kick off with a welcome reception hosted at the Christophe Harbour Marina followed by an Escape Fete held at the Salt Plage beach lounge.

Following the three nights of performances, the event will close with the White Sands white party at Carambola Beach Club on Sunday, July 1.

Source: https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/02/27/lineup-set-st-kitts-music-festival/

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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Jul 07 Problem at Antigua airport sees flights sent to St Kitts Air traffic, Antigua, chemical gas leak, Antigua airport closed, St. Kitts, LIAT, American Airlines, British Airways, Puerto Rico, flight delays, flights diverted to St. Kitts

St Kitts' Robert L Bradshaw International Airport became an unexpected host for American Airlines and British Airways flights after the sudden closure of Antigua's VC Bird International Airport.

The planes, which were heading to other destinations after stopping at Antigua, were grounded yesterday afternoon.

WIC News has reached out to both airlines for comment.

Stanley Smith, chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, said the closure occurred after chemical fumes leaked into the control tower.


He said workers who were on shift had to be evacuated to safety while the tower was flushed to ensure the air was clean.

"We apologized to customers for the delay to their journey after our flight diverted to St Kitts following the closure of the control tower at Antigua Airport," a British Airways spokesman told WIC News.

"The aircraft was refuelled and the flight continued on to Antigua."

According to Antigua's Observer Media, flights headed for the twin-island nation were diverted to both St Kitts and Puerto Rico.

Operations resumed shortly after 3pm AST but by then a number of LIAT's flights were already affected, were Virgin Atlantic and BA flights from London.

Two American Airlines flights from Miami and JFK airports were diverted from Antigua and Barbuda.

Source: http://wicnews.com/caribbean/problem-at-antigua-airport-sees-flights-sent-to-st-kitts-59533470/

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/

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

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

Apr 24 St. Kitts Music Fest: First set of performers have been announced! St. Kitts, tourism, music festival, Lindsay Grant, Kerwin Du Bois, Benjai, Ricardo Drue, Patrice Roberts, Jump up night, Christopher Martin, Bounty Killer, Adrian Lam, longest running festivals in Eastern Caribbean

St. Kitts announces first wave of participants at this year's St. Kitts Music Festival

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - ORGANISERS of the annual St. Kitts Music Festival have announced some of the artistes who will grace the stage for the 19th staging of the event from June 25-27.

Artistes such as Kerwin Du Bois, Benjai, Ricardo Drue and Patrice Roberts will perform on the opening night of the festival, which is dubbed 'the Jump Up Night', while the following night will see Reggae stars Christopher Martin and Bounty Killer.

Speaking at a press conference today (Apr.23), Music Festival Production Manager Adrian Lam, while announcing some of the artistes, indicated that the Music Festival has become a leading event in the Caribbean.

"The St. Kitts Music Festival has become one of the signature events not only in St. Kitts but the Caribbean in general. It is one of the longest running festivals in the Eastern Caribbean and of the top five in the Caribbean. It also remains one of the most affordable festivals in the region."

He stated that despite financial constraint the festival continues to put together a very good list of fine artistes.

"We still have some important contractual work with a few artistes although they have committed, so we will be announcing those who we have contracted as of today."

Lam disclosed that a social media campaign was embarked upon to ascertain which artiste the public would like to see perform at the festival.

Minister of Tourism Hon. Lindsay Grant stated that despite external challenges the festival continues to attract large followings.

"The Music Festival comes amidst the challenges of external forces such as increase in travel fares and high production and performance fees. Fortunately, the results and economic impact over the past two years have shown that the festival continues to attract followings from within the region and also from the continents."

He gave the Government's commitment to further improve the festival.

"We take immense pride in being the organisers of a world-class musical product that satisfies the musical tastes of all patrons. Our goal going forward is to continue to set higher standards of excellence and attract even larger followings celebrating an exuberant festival."

Grant also highlighted the significance of the Music Festival.

"True to its vision, the St. Kitts Music Festival has become a magnet in our tourism industry. It attracts visitors and returning nationals in the slow period. And now in its 19th year has become an integral component of our tourism product impacting positively on commercial activity and generating income which serves to stimulate the economy."

Music Festival Chairman Faron Lawrence promised that improvements would be made to this year's event.

"We will continue in the trend by making this year an improvement from last year. I am quite confident that, based on what we have in store, Music Festival will go to a next level.

"I must admit we have had some challenges this year; but I must hasten to say those are challenges we've had in the past... we have been just as late."

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/91677

Mar 20 Arrivals rising, and so are hotels on St. Kitts St. Kitts, hotels, tourism, mega yacht marina, salt plage, koi resort, royal st kitts golf club, pelican bay

Riding a wave of hotel developments, a 6.5% increase in air arrivals in 2014 over 2013 and a projected rise of 31.5% in cruise passenger arrivals, which would top 1 million this season, St. Kitts is well positioned for a "strong, solid year of growth," according to Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.

The drumstick-shaped island in the eastern Caribbean and neighboring Nevis constitute one country called the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Although a recent election replaced the party that had held court for 20 years, Brown is confident that the momentum that has attracted visitors and investors in recent years will continue.

"St. Kitts is in a good place now, although we always push for more airlift," Brown said.

Ease of connectivity and access, coupled with an authentic product offering and marketing initiatives that target specific sectors, are key to the destination's growth, according to Brown.

Currently, Delta offers Saturday flights year round from Atlanta; US Airways has a weekly nonstop from Charlotte; American has a weekly nonstop from New York Kennedy and a daily flight from Miami. Seaborne Airlines has daily service to the island from San Juan.

New resort development includes Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill, the first chapter of a contemporary, sustainable Caribbean community, set on 400 acres on St. Kitts' northern tip.

The first 134 rooms of the 200-room Park Hyatt at Banana Bay on the southeastern peninsula are scheduled for completion early next year.

Construction is underway on the 298-unit Koi Resort & Residences in the Frigate Bay area adjacent to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. Opening is targeted for late this year.

Also on tap are Pelican Bay Resort, a condo/hotel mix with 210 units, two infinity pools and two restaurants, and Imperial Bay Beach & Golf Residences, adjacent to the Koi site.

"By 2017, room stock in both St. Kitts and Nevis will total 2,000 rooms, up from the 1,400 we now have," Brown said.

Christophe Harbour, the 2,500-acre luxury residential resort development on the southeastern peninsula, opened its 24-slip marina last month for megayachts, marking completion of phase one of the project.

Salt Plage, one of Christophe Harbour's two beach clubs, opened last year; it has a dock located around an old salt factory at Whitehouse Bay.

Source: http://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Arrivals-rising-and-so-are-hotels-on-St-Kitts

Mar 05 St. Kitts Prepares to Sizzle For 2015 St. Kitts Music Festival St. Kitts Music Fest, R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, Calypso, Gospel, and Contemporary music, Warner Park, tourism

St. Kitts Prepares to Sizzle For 2015 St. Kitts Music Festival

BASSETERRE (5th March, 2015): The St. Kitts Tourism Authority announced today that the staging of the world-renowned St. Kitts Music Festival takes place 25th to 27th June, 2015.

Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant, said he is excited about the 2015 edition of the Festival, which has become one of the most anticipated events in the Caribbean's calendar of events.

"The St. Kitts Music Festival has grown over the years into a unique event that showcases international music stars alongside rising local and Caribbean acts," Minister Grant said. "Promotion of the Festival has started in our various markets to encourage visitors to follow their hearts to St. Kitts, to enjoy one of the most diversified musical weekends in the Caribbean."

Minister Grant also pointed out that visitors attending the Festival can stay on to revel in the 'Biggest Party in Sport,' which is the Caribbean Premier League. With the destination being awarded the newest cricket franchise in the CPL - the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots - St. Kitts will host all six neutral games in the CPL in July.

Last year, the Warner Park Stadium became the focus of cricket fans from around the world. CPL's unique blend of entertainment saw the CPL finals played alongside a spectacular performance from Grammy award-winning American artist, Rick Ross.

The historic Warner Park Stadium is also home to the St. Kitts Music Festival, which is now in its nineteenth consecutive year. The Festival features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.

Past artists include John Legend, Lionel Richie, T-Pain, Tyrese, Kelly Rowland, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Shaggy, Destra Garcia and Machel Montana HD.

For more information about the St. Kitts Music Festival, visit www.stkittsmusicfestival.com or "like" the St. Kitts Music Festival's Facebook page.

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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 22 PM Douglas says several Citizenship by Investment approved resorts will double hotel rooms and stay-over visitors in three years Prime Minister Douglas, St. Christopher Club, Manor by the Sea, Ocean's Edge, Golden Rock, expansion, construction, hotel room stay over, kittitian hill, Marriott St. Kitts, Park Hyatt, Pelican Bay Hotel, Pirate's Nest, Koi Resort

PM Douglas says several Citizenship by Investment approved
resorts will double hotel rooms and stay-over visitors in three years

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 21ST 2014 (CUOPM) - Several multi-million dollar resort projects now under construction will assist in meeting the Government's medium-term goal of doubling the number of hotel rooms and the number of stay-over visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas told a mammoth crowd and scores of visiting diplomats at the Independence Ceremonial Parade that the twin-island Federation continues to move forward at a rapid pace.

"We are truly a Nation on the move. Within a period of two to three years we expect to more than double the number of hotel rooms that we have available in the Federation," said Prime Minister Douglas.

Among the projects he mentioned are the continued development of Kittitian Hill, the expansion of the St. Kitts Marriot Resort, the renovation and upgrading of the Royal St. Kitts Hotel Resort, the construction of the Park Hyatt Hotel, Imperial Resort, Pelican Bay Hotel Resort, the Koi Resort & Residences, the Heldon Estate Hotel, T-Loft at Pirate’s Nest and the construction of a range of other hotel properties approved under the citizenship by investment programme in both islands of Nevis and St. Kitts.

"This will help achieve our medium-term goal of more than doubling the number of stay-over visitors that grace our shores each year," Prime Minister Douglas said.

Other projects undergoing expansion are the St. Christopher Club, Manor, Ocean Edge and Golden Rock Development. Silver Reef is completed.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/88901

Jul 31 Double digit increase in cruise ships and cruise
passengers to St. Kitts' Port Zante Tourism, St. Kitts, cruise ships, cruise ship passengers

Double digit increase in cruise ships and cruise passengers to St. Kitts’ Port Zante

The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) is reporting double digit increases in cruise ship and cruise ship passengers in June this year.

SCASPA is also reporting double digit figures in cruise ship passengers and cruise ship arrivals for the first six months this year compared to the same period last year.

According to the SCASPA's Department of Finance & Statistics, there were 10 cruise ship visits in June this year compared to 7 last year, up 43 percent with a total of 28,566 passengers in June this year compared to 21,686 passengers, an increase of 32 percent or 6,880 passengers.

SCASPA figures also indicate that between January and June this year, 382,670 cruise ship passengers visited St. Kitts from 201 calls, up 18 percent compared to 327,100 passengers from 171 calls for the same period in 2013, an increase of 17 percent or 55,570 passengers.

Three Carnival ships - the Valor, Freedom and Breeze accounted for 21,045 of the 28,566 passengers who visited. 13,159 were onboard the Valor; 3,324 on the Freedom and there were 4,562 passengers on the Breeze, 4,562.

The month of June also saw the visit of Jewel of the Seas with three calls and a total of 7,446 passengers and the Freewinds with 75 passengers from 1 call.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/?p=8075

Jul 15 Over 400 yacht visited SKN during first quarter of 2014...says Skerritt St. Kitts tourism, yacht arrivals, rise in traffic, Christophe Harbour

St. Kitts yacht arrivals on the rise

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - MINISTER with responsibility for Tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon. Richard Skerritt said that over 400 yachts had visited the Federation during the first quarter of 2014.

Skerritt made this pronouncement during an exclusive interview with this publication at the recently-held Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Christophe Harbour multi-million dollar Marina project in the Southeast Peninsula.

He declared that the Federation is experiencing and increasing amount of yachting arrivals.

"About four years ago, we set out on a path to let the yachting world know that St. Kitts and Nevis will be more welcoming to yachts and vessels. With the help of what Christophe Harbour is doing, we have been experiencing a significant growth in the yachting sector."

He added that his Ministry has recorded over 600 yachts arrivals for 2013 and already for the first quarter of 2014 there have been over 400 arrivals. "With the new Marina we should be expecting an increase amount."

"We know that the trend is right that if we continue making it easier and more seamless for vessels to be welcomed and processed through the various requirements of immigration and customs, with world class facilities we can see a great improvement," the Minister said.

Skerritt further said that over a year ago the Tourism Ministry had put together a task force consisting of the public and private sectors.

He also noted that the expenditure per person for the yachting sector is significantly high.

"And that is one of the reasons why we are going after it. Remember what we are looking for is higher revenue streams from our visitors."

Skerritt explained that based on several studies done by persons within his Ministry, it is currently preparing a policy statement which would be made public shortly.

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on June 20 declared that the Christophe Harbour multi-million dollar Marina Project is a welcomed development for the Federation.

He was at the time speaking at the same Groundbreaking Ceremony, which is said would be completed in January 2015 an would accommodate some 24 mega-yachts.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/88106

Jul 09 St Kitts' Hotel Development Boom St. Kitts Citizenship by Investment, condos for sale St. Kitts, new developments, Pirate's Cove, Heldens Estate Condo Resort and Residences, Marriott St. Kitts, Park Hyatt, St. Kitts hotel development booming

This may be a relatively small island, but it seems hard to go anywhere here without seeing a new hotel or condominium project popping up.

That's because the Caribbean's smallest sovereign country is undergoing a hotel development boom.

Indeed, the twin-island federation of St Kitts and Nevis is seeing a significant uptick in hotel and resort construction and development, including Kittitian Hill, which will soon open its first hotel and developments like the Pirate's Nest, the Prime Hotel, the Imperial Bay and the planned Koi Resort & Residences.

A Park Hyatt resort is also under development at the Christophe Harbour project on the country's southeastern peninsula, with a targeted opening date of the end of 2015.

That's in addition to a number of hotel renovation projects, including the Royal St Kitts Hotel, which plans to complete its overhaul by 2015, the nearby Frigate Bay Beach Resort and the Ocean Terrace Inn, which launched a renovation project in 2013.

The island's largest hotel, the St Kitts Marriott, completed a two-year, $5.5 million renovation project last year.

St Kitts' cabinet approved another new resort project this week, the Heldens Estate Condo Resort & Residences, which will include more than 200 condos, apartments and villas in the St Paul's parish.

The multimillion-dollar project would include restaurants, bars, tennis courts and swimming pools and could create several hundred jobs, according to Information Minister Nigel Carty.

"The project will provide hundreds of employment opportunities for tradesmen and other local people in the design and construction phase, and will provide many long-term employment opportunities in its operational phase," Carty said in a statement.

Much of the development has been fuelled by the country's Citizenship by Investment programme, which offers the opportunity for citizenship in exchange for different levels of economic and real estate investment. The programme is the oldest of its kind in the world.

Source: http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/07/09/st-kitts-hotel-development-boom/

May 14 Move made to protect Frigate Bay Salt Pond Frigate Bay, Protected Areas Systems Plan, Salt Pond, Protected park, St. Kitts

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 14TH 2014 (CUOPM) - The Frigate Salt Pond has been declared a protected area and is to rehabilitated for eco-tourism and educational purposes.

The declaration of the Frigate Bay Salt Pond and its environs as a protected area has been made under section 9(1) of the National Conservation and Environmental Protection Act of 2006.

"This decision is in keeping with the vision of the National Physical Development Plan of St. Kitts that recommends that this area be zoned and developed for recreational purposes," said Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty.

He pointed out that the Protected Areas Systems Plan for St. Kitts and Nevis recognizes the fact that the Frigate Bay Salt Pond is located in an area that supports a number of bird species and is linked to the breeding of three such species.

"The Protected Areas Systems Plan envisages the rehabilitation of the area under consideration for eco-tourism and educational purposes," said Carty, who further informed that the designation of the Frigate Bay Salt Pond and its environs as a protected area will allow the continued use of the area as space for recreation by nationals, residents and visitors without the threat of development in the area.

"Protection will preserve this area as a green space for environmental, aesthetic and other purposes and lead to the establishment of a management framework to oversee the activities conducted in the area," Minister Carty said.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/?p=7252

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.

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May 06 British Airways Announces Changes To Weekly Flights British Airways, St. Kitts, flights, schedule changes, Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Gatwick International Airport

British Airways changing schedule for St. Kitts flight

BASSETERRE (6th May, 2014): British Airways has announced that its twice weekly service into St. Kitts from London Gatwick will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays effective from 26th October, 2014.

Presently the full service global airline operates on Tuesdays and Saturday. The flights will still be tagged with Antigua, with the flight numbers remaining the same:

BA2157 - London Gatwick to St. Kitts
BA2256 - St. Kitts to London Gatwick

The flight times will also be consistent with normal winter arrival/departure time:

BA2157 - arrives at 16:35
BA2256 - departs at 18:05

Chief Executive Officer of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Racquel Brown, said Wednesday is a convenient mid-week day for leisure travel, which still provides a good variety of lengths of stay.

CEO Brown expressed her gratitude on British Airways' on-going commitment to the destination, while citing the special relationship already developed.

"We warmly thank British Airways for their ongoing support to St. Kitts. We have a very high regard for the team from British Airways. This solid partnership supports us in our efforts to increase tourist arrivals substantially from the UK and European markets and, more significantly, to help us maintain the upmarket quality of the St. Kitts brand image," CEO Brown said.

British Airways is the first British carrier to provide year-round scheduled airlift to St. Kitts. A three-class service is operated from London Gatwick, with a capacity of 102 Premium seats and 124 World Traveller seats.

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Feb 14 St. Kitts: The Hot New Immigration Destinations for China's Wealthy St. Kitts Economic Citizenship Program, Citizenship by Investment St. Kitts, comparison of different citizenship programs, St. Kitts popular citizenship choice

Unimpressed with the U.S., shut out of Canada, not deep-pocketed enough for Australia and spooked by Cyprus, mainland China's wealthy are exploring unlikely destinations for immigration, including Portugal and the small Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Dubai-based Range Developments recently toured China and Hong Kong, seeking investors for its Park Hyatt development in St. Kitts. Range is selling individual $400,000 shares and is quick to highlight the investment's most attractive return: A passport with visa-free access to most of Europe and other former British colonies at no extra cost.

Investors can obtain St. Kitts citizenship - and a passport, along with it - within six months of the investment. And the documents can be had without stepping foot in the country or taking a language proficiency exam, the company boasted at its presentation.

"This is very hot, selling very well," said Jean-Francois Harvey, an immigration lawyer based in Hong Kong and agent for the developer, adding that he's sold shares to "around 200" in mainland China. "It's seen as a business tool for them. To travel without a visa is a very big deal to someone in China."

Real estate investment isn't the only way into St. Kitts. Immigrants can obtain citizenship through a $250,000 donation to the government's Sugar Industry Diversification Fund, a sovereign wealth fund. Some agents recommend the donation route, especially for those who don't have plans to live there. To be sure, St. Kitts represents a sliver of the estimated 10,000 applications filed by Chinese investor-immigrants. The U.S. and Canada are the traditional top destinations, though their appeal has waned lately.

The U.S. EB-5 program, which requires would-be immigrants to put up $500,000 into a qualified business that provides at least 10 jobs, has been marred by a series of lawsuits including a scandal involving a Chicago developer accused of defrauding investors, many of whom were Chinese. Moreover, stringent tax laws scare away China's ultra-high-net-worth individuals from investing.

Canada's main investor immigration program, which required would-be immigrants to post up $800,000 in a zero-interest five-year loan to one of its provincial governments, was temporarily suspended last year.

Meanwhile, the U.K. and Australian programs are deemed expensive and difficult. The U.K. program requires applicants to invest £1 million (US$1.5 million) for a residency visa. Investors have to live in the U.K. at least 75% of the time during a 5-year period to qualify for citizenship.

The Australia program is the priciest, demanding 5 million Australian dollars (US$5.2 million) in investment into a qualified business to qualify for a residency visa. However, it only requires investors to reside 160 days over a four-year period to gain permanent residency.

As Chinese immigrants look elsewhere, unlikely destinations have emerged. Cyprus was a popular destination last year, immigration experts say. To obtain a 3-year visa, which allows access to the entire European Union, Cyprus requires a real estate purchase of at least €300,000 (US$391,320).

"Cyprus was heavily promoted in China and a lot of people went for it," said Denny Ko, an immigration lawyer based in Hong Kong who works with many mainland Chinese clients.

But interest has flagged, due to the country's economic troubles, and some promoters are trying new tactics to drum up interest. According to state-run news agency Xinhua, developers from Cyprus at the Beijing spring properties exhibition were offering two-for-one deals to Chinese investors looking to spend €300,000 on an apartment.

Immigration experts say Portugal is poised to be the next hot European destination.

Larry Wang, president of immigration consultancy firm Well Trend in Beijing, said the Portuguese government hopes to imitate Cyprus' recent success by offering residency visas that can be converted to citizenship in six years. The cost: €500,000.

"There's always a preference for real estate, so programs like this appeal to Chinese," he said, adding that the requirements aren't onerous: Investors have to live in Portugal just 7 days a year to maintain the visa.

Similar to Cyprus, St. Kitts has set an example for neighbouring countries with its program. Antigua and Barbuda are expected to soon implement similar immigration schemes.

"Ninety-nine percent of my clients have never heard of St. Kitts," said Hong Kong's Mr. Ko. "But people look to it for freedom of travel, wealth planning and as a place of citizenship if they're doing a foreign listing of a mainland company."

The ultra-rich with fantasies of rubbing shoulders with Europe's wealthiest are looking to Switzerland and Monaco, which are also seen as safer places for their wealth. To obtain residency there, investors must negotiate with local governments an annual lump sum tax. It's not cheap: Expect to pay at least a €1 million annually to maintain residency.

"This is a prestige destination, for the really, really high net-worth," said Mr. Ko.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/04/18/the-hot-new-immigration-destinations-for-chinas-wealthy/

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/

Dec 05 St Kitts and Nevis economy grows in H1 2013 St. Kitts economy, construction St. Kitts, falling debt, commercial park Golden Rock, Four Seasons expansion

Preliminary data suggest that economic activity in St Kitts and Nevis rose in the first half of 2013.

This increase resulted from a rebound of the construction sector and estimates of increased economic activity in the hotels and restaurants and wholesale and retail trade sectors. Consumer prices fell by 0.4 per cent, on an end of period basis. The fiscal operations of the Federal Government resulted in an improvement of the overall surplus over the comparable period of 2012. The total outstanding public sector debt of the Federal Government fell during the period under review. In the banking system, monetary liabilities and net foreign assets increased while domestic credit fell. Commercial bank liquidity rose and the weighted average interest rate spread between loans and deposits narrowed.

Economic activity is expected to improve in 2013 relative to 2012 premised on expectations of a continued rebound of the construction sector and positive growth in the tourism industry. Growth in these two sectors is expected to lead to direct and indirect positive spill over impacts on related sectors such as; wholesale and retail trade, and real estate, renting and business activity. Public sector construction activity is anticipated to be driven mainly by the rehabilitation of the Dr Kennedy Simmonds highway in St. Kitts and continued efforts on a water enhancement project in Nevis. In the private sector, work on major developments including the commercial park at Golden Rock, the completion of Phase One of Kittitian Hill, the start of works on Imperial Bay Beach and Golf Residences and the expansion of the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis bode well for the sector. Expectations of positive value added in the tourism industry, are contingent on the successful introduction of additional airlift to the Federation in the fourth quarter of 2013 by a major United States of America air carrier. These projections however are tempered by expectations of a tapering off in the value added contribution of the manufacturing sector following previous positive growth.

The fiscal operations of the Federal Government are projected to benefit from both high levels of revenues associated with the Citizenship by Investment Program and the containment of expenditure outlays, as espoused by the standby arrangement with the IMF. Risks to this outlook stem from a failure of work on tourism related projects to materialize as envisaged and the impact of the additional airlift being muted on account of weak stay over arrivals.

Source: http://news.co.tt/public_html/article.php?story=20131201162544844

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 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/

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

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.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/80658

Oct 17 Increase in Passengers Arrivals to St. Kitts St. Kitts, tourism, air lines, flights to st. kitts, increase in arrivals, American Airlines, Miami flight, New York flight, Winair, LIAT, British Airways

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 15th 2013 (CUOPM) - The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) is reporting increases in passenger arrivals and departures at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts for the month of August this year compared to the same period last year.

Figures from SCASPA's Department of Finance & Statistics indicate that 11,179 passengers arrived in August 2013 compared to 10,417, an increase of 762, passengers, up 7.31 percent.

The department is also reporting a 3.86 percent increase in departures, with 12,815 passengers leaving in August this year compared to 12,363 passengers in August 2012.

American Airlines, which operates 11 flights per week from Miami International and New York's JFK International, continues to be the leading passenger carrier into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

SCASPA disclosed that American Airlines brought in 5,421 passengers on 46 flights in August.

The second leading carrier was LIAT with 3,610 passengers from 184 flights, followed by British Airways with 809 passengers on 9 flights.

SCASPA's Department of Finance and Statistics reported that next in line was US Airways with 601 passengers from five flights.

WINAIR brought in 228 passengers from 66 flights and a Miami Air charter with 187 passengers from 1 flight.

It also reported that 421 passengers arrived aboard 96 private aircraft.

Flights into the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport increased from 439 in August last year to 585 this year, an increase of 146 in August this year, up 146 or 33.28 percent.

The number of flights out also increased from 439 in August last year to 586 in August this year, an increase of 147 or 33.56 percent.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/80251

Oct 11 A record 785,000 cruise passengers for St. Kitts in the 2013/2014 season St. Kitts, tourism, cruise ships, record amount of passengers in St. Kitts, record amount of ship days in St. Kitts

St. Kitts' 2013/2014 cruise ship season is going to be exciting with an estimated 785,000 passengers expected.

"What's exciting about this coming season is that we have 183 ship days. In other words, in a calendar year for the first time in our history we have passed about 130 in terms of ship days. We have gone up significantly by the number of ship days and that means that over the course of 365 days on average, every other day there will be a ship," said Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt.

Describing the upcoming season as "phenomenal for a small island like St. Kitts," Minister Skerritt noted that during the Winter Season, there will be 103 days when there will be one ship.

"There will be 49 days when there will be two ships, that's also the largest number of days when we will have two ships in our history. There will be 22 days when we will have three ships in port, which means 2 at Port Zante and one at the Cargo Pier. There will be 6 days when we will have 4 ships and for the first time in our history, we are going to have 3 days when we are going to have 5 ships," said Skerritt.

He said even the conservative figure of 750,000 cruise passengers during the 2013/2014 Winter Season places St. Kitts "in the big league."

"Last year we were at about just 600,000, so it's a massive increase this year. Two years ago we were able to bring the Allure of the Seas which is called an Oasis-class ship as a test case and that has proven to the world, the capacity of our pier," said Minister Skerritt.

He said St. Kitts is also having more cruise ship business in the summer and that cannot be understated.

"It only began back in 2008, when for the very first time in the nation's entire cruise ship history which goes back to the early 90's, that we began to have scheduled summer calls. We never had any calls in the summer before that. Most people had to pack up their businesses by the end of April and hope for the best next year which was around October-November when the new Season starts," said Skerritt.

"That was also a part of our strategy to go out and do everything we can to bring business in the summer. That business has been steady in terms of having at least one ship. Then we went up to two and then we came back down to one last season that also took us down enormously. We have gone back up to two this summer season and next season (2014/2015) we are going to be doing even better," he disclosed.

He said there is growing justification for the construction of a second pier at Port Zante and disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) are actively in the process and very close to starting its construction.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3900&post200803=true

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.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3970&post200803=true

Oct 07 FIFA world cup trophy tour to stop in St. Kitts St. Kitts, tourism, FIFA, World Cup, trophies, tours

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The summer of 2014 promises to be exciting with the commencement of the FIFA World Cup football tournament. Even though St. Kitts and Nevis did not qualify for the competition, the World Cup trophy will make its stop in the Federation on October 19th from 8:00am to 11:45am. The World Cup tour comes courtesy of Coca-Cola and is part of a nine month global tour covering 88 countries. On October 19th, the St. Kitts Bottling Company, distributors of Coca Cola will be hosting a host of activities and entertainment at the RLB International Airport to kickstart the FIFA World Cup fever in St. Kitts and Nevis. During the airport arrival ceremony, the Governor General, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, Minister of Sports and Minister of Tourism along with specially invited members of the media will be invited on board the specially chartered aircraft for a first look of the onboard media center.

This is followed by a press conference at the VIP lounge of the airport. After the festival, several other activities including Football Festival hosted by the St. Kitts Nevis Football Association and an evening gala event at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort will be held. The FIFA World Cup tournament will be held in Brazil from June 12 to July 13 2014.

Source: http://www.winnfm.com/news/local/5791-fifa-world-cup-trophy-tour-to-stop-in-st-kitts

Sep 12 St Kitts Airport Readying Expansion of Arrivals Terminal St. Kitts, tourism, airport, expansion, arrivals, Robert L. Bradshaw Airport

The arrival hall at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts is set to begin this month, according to Jonathan Bass, CEO of the St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority.

The airport has already embarked on a project to improve the temperature control system and to replace underground electrical cables. Both of those projects are set for completion by the middle of this month.

St Kitts' airport is also in the midst of construction on a 750-kilowatt solar farm, supported by the Taiwanese government.

The arrival hall will increase by 1,600 square feet, with room for an additional 200 passengers. There will also be four additional positions for immigration officers at the terminal.

"This project should be completed by the end of October just before the peak season begins," Bass said, adding that the expansion was part of a wider effort to modernize the terminal.

Source: http://www.caribjournal.com/2013/09/10/st-kitts-airport-readying-expansion-of-arrivals-terminal/

Sep 10 Construction of Exterior of St. Christopher Club Garden nearing completion St. Christopher Club Gardens, St. Kitts, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Royal St. Kitts Golf Course, walls are up

Construction of the exterior of the building is nearing the final stages. The walls for the fifth floor are up, and all that really remains is the concrete for the terrace upstairs. Click the pictures below for some stunning photos of the views from the fifth floor, our guys getting all the walls in place andhow beautiful St. Kitts is!

St. Christopher Club Gardens fifth floor is up!

Don't forget to check our facebook page for more info, pictures, and general happenings on all of our projects.

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Aug 08 American Airlines Expands Service to St. Kitts American Airlines, flights to St. Kitts, Miami, daily flights, St. Kitts, tourism, New York

The St. Kitts Tourism Authority today announces that American Airlines will add two more non-stop flights to St. Kitts from Miami and change the schedule for its non-stop flights to St. Kitts from New York JFK beginning Nov. 21, 2013, ideally timed for the peak winter travel season.

The two additional American flights from Miami will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays and will complement the Friday and Sunday flights from Miami that were added in November 2012. This expands American's Miami service to 11 flights weekly, including twice daily service for four days per week from Thursday through Sunday.

From JFK, the flights are now scheduled to depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays and overnight on St. Kitts to return the following days (Thursdays and Sundays). The timing of the JFK flight southbound also changes to an afternoon departure from JFK with a morning departure northbound the next day, allowing for a greater number of connections in New York.

"I am pleased that American Airlines continues to demonstrate confidence in the strength of the St. Kitts & Nevis tourism industry," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. "The addition of two more flights from Miami is indicative of increasing demand for our tourism product. Further, the schedule shift for the JFK flight to a later departure time creates a significant increase in the number of available connections to our destination from the U.S. and other international gateways."

"Whether it's for world-class beaches or breathtaking landscapes, we are pleased to give visitors from around the world greater access to St. Kitts with American's increased service," said Art Torno, American's Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. "With this new schedule, customers can enjoy even more convenient connections to the island from either New York JFK or Miami."

With the new flights, the southbound American flight AA1741 will depart Miami International Airport (MIA) at 4:45 p.m. and arrive at St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) at 8:35 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday. The northbound return flight AA1746 will depart St. Kitts at 8:40 a.m. and arrive at MIA at 11 a.m. every Friday through Monday.

The southbound American flight AA2051 will depart New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 4:30 p.m. and arrive into St. Kitts at 9:40 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. The northbound return flight AA2052 will depart St. Kitts at 9:40 a.m. and arrive at JFK at 1:25 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday. American now uses a Boeing 737-800 aircraft for all flights into St. Kitts. These two additional daily flights continue a series of service increases to St. Kitts by American Airlines over the past eight years.

American first started its Miami service to St. Kitts in December 2004 with three flights weekly, which grew to five flights weekly in 2006 and to daily flights in 2008. The Miami service increased to nine flights per week last year and just one year later, with these two additional Miami flights, to 11 flights per week. American has operated twice weekly service from JFK to St. Kitts since November 2007.

About St. Kitts:

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 & World Report. 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 for 2012" by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island's Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of "10 Great Places To Explore The World's Best-Kept Secrets" by USA Today. St. Kitts was also named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.

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 region's only scenic railway which connects the island's former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, ziplining, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts' exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island's sandy beaches. 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.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/77278

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

Jun 03 Minister Skerritt tells manufacturers solar panel plant to open soon and Government secures US$420,000 for energy audit Clean energy, renewable energy, solar panels, Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts, solar farm

The Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has secured over US$400,000 to conduct an energy audit for the manufacturing sector.

This has been disclosed by Minister International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, who recently told the Manufacturing Division of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, that Government is encouraging business owners to take actions that can result in the more efficient use of energy, including alternative sources of energy.

"You should also be aware that Government has secured grant financing in the amount of US$420,000.00 to conduct an energy audit specifically for the manufacturing sector. It is expected that this intervention will assist you in lowering your energy costs to become more competitive," said Mr. Skerritt.

"We have removed the Customs Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) on renewable energy products," Minister Skerritt reminded the local businessmen.

He said the solar energy manufacturing plant at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Complex will soon be opened.

Minister Skerritt, who was in the Republic of China (Taiwan), last week was expected to visit the plant's parent company, Speedtech Energy.

He noted that Speedtech Energy is already constructing a 1 MW solar farm at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on behalf of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) and the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC).

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3759&post200803=true

May 06 Aviation ministers meet to discuss single Caribbean airline St. Kitts, Barbados, LIAT, BWIA, Eastern Caribbean, one airline, CARICOM

St. Kitts and Nevis' Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt was among Caribbean aviation and transport ministers who met in St. Vincent on Tuesday to discuss a wide range of outstanding matters including the possibility of establishing a single regional airline.

Host Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonslaves speaking at a news conference, said that while his administration has no objection to the formation of a single airline to serve the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, such initiatives in the past have not borne fruit.

"At the end of this month, we are hosting here a meeting on air transportation in CARICOM... as you know there are many issues outstanding and as you know I am always amused that the people who are supposed to be thinking about public policy don't look beyond the headlines."

He said five or six years ago, then prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, dissolved BWIA, formed Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and paid off all their debts.

But he said that in 2011, CAL made a loss of US$44 million "and last year they made a loss in the sum of close to US$84 million.

"That is plenty money in any language whatsoever and there is re-thinking of certain things and the call has been made by many persons for one Caribbean airline.

"We have no problem with that," he said, noting that the fine print would need to be examined.

"I am very mindful before BWIA was dissolved, BWIA took decisions where they simply cut off a lot of flights without notice to Barbados, which affected us here in the Eastern Caribbean and I see on more than one occasion where they have acted not consistent with our own transportation needs.

"I am not going to leave the bone of LIAT for the shadow of something else. So I would like to see a complete revamping of air transportation in the region so that we can get all the relevant synergies," CMC quotes the Prime Minister as saying.

Gonsalves has been critical of Port-of-Spain for providing a subsidy to CAL which he said goes against the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/73117

Apr 26 American Airlines maintains leading carrier status into Robert Bradshaw Airport American Airlines, Air Canada, LIAT, WinAir, British Airways, US Airways, Delta Air, Miami Air Charter, Trans Anguilla, Air Anguilla, passengers to St. Kitts, St. Kitts tourism, flights to St. Kitts

American Airlines flight taking off from St. Kitts Bradshaw International AirportAmerican Airlines continues to be the leading passenger carrier into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

The St. Christopher and Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), which reported a total of 12,874 passenger arrivals in March, disclosed that American Airlines brought in 6,243 passengers on 50 flights, while its commuter carrier brought in 705 from 28 flights, a total of 6,945 passengers from 78 flights.

The second leading carrier was LIAT with 2,384 passengers from 185 flights, followed by British Airways with 900 passengers on 9 flights.

SCASPA's Department of Finance and Statistics reported that next in line was Delta Air with 842 passengers from five flights; US Airways, 664 passengers from five flights; Air Canada, 586 passengers from five flights and Miami Air charter, 171 passengers from 2 flights. WINAIR brought in 108 passengers from 50 flights, Trans Anguilla, 44 passengers from 14 flights and Air Anguilla, 12 passengers from 7 flights.

SCAPA reported a 16 percent increase in passengers arrivals in March, an 11 percent increase in flights inward and outward bound flights into the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3687&post200803=true

Apr 19 Vista Villas nearly complete and looks absolutely stunning Vista Villas, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts, large windows, breathtaking views, nearly completed

The title says it all. Building 1 and 2 are nearing completion and the project is coming together quite nicely. Some final touches to the building and some landscaping and the condos will be absolutely perfect!

Vista Villas nearly completely and looks absolutely stunning

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Mar 21 Construction Set to Begin on Solar Farm at St Kitts Airport Renewable energy, Taiwan, St. Kitts, Robert L. Bradshaw Airport, Solar Farm, Dr. Earl Asim Martin, Ambassador Miguel Tsao

Construction is set to begin of a solar farm at Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts.

The project is a collaboration between St Kitts and Nevis and the government of Taiwan, which has donated $1 million in funding.

"Today is the beginning of a new phase for both countries cooperation in renewable energy," said Taiwan Ambassador to St Kitts and Nevis Miguel Tsao.

"Taiwan would like to share this cutting - edge industry with St. Kitts and Nevis, the most important partner and diplomatic allied country of Taiwan."

Tsao spoke following a brief handover ceremony on Wednesday, saying renewable energy had become a global trend.

"We see the green economy, not only as the area of renewable energy, but as a means of providing new opportunities for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis," said Energy Minister Dr Earl Asim Martin.

The aim of the project is to make the airport a self-reliant green airport. It is projected to produce 1 megawatt of solar power.

It's the latest green energy partnership between St Kitts and Taiwan - from solar lighting on the country's main highway to panels at government headquarters in Basseterre.

Source: http://www.caribjournal.com/2013/03/21/construction-set-to-begin-on-solar-farm-at-st-kitts-airport/

Feb 21 St. Kitts Ranked among the Highest Cruise Destinations in Caribbean St. Kitts tourism, cruis ships, Caribbean destination, St. Kitts ranked among highest destinations in Caribbean

Cruise Ship port Port Zante, St. KittsBasseterre, St. Kitts (February 19, 2013) - Demonstrating the economic impact of the growth of St. Kitts' cruise tourism sector, a recent study conducted by US-based research firm BREA (Business Research & Economic Advisors) reports significant increases in cruise tourism expenditures and passenger satisfaction, placing the island among the highest-rated destinations in the entire Caribbean in these categories for the 2011/2012 cruise year. The study also reveals growth in cruise passenger arrivals to St. Kitts of more than 400% over the past six years.

The most dramatic increases over the six-year period were in direct cruise tourism spending, which increased nearly ten-fold from $6.7 million to $70.6 million over the six-year period. Average per passenger expenditures in St. Kitts have almost doubled since 2006, while average expenditures across the Caribbean have actually declined by 2%. Average per passenger spend in St. Kitts was measured at $57.40 in the 2006/2006 cruise year, 40% below the Caribbean average, but increased to $108.90 in the 2011/2012 cruise year, 14% above the Caribbean average.

"St. Kitts' recent outstanding performance in the cruise sector is directly attributable to several initiatives undertaken by Government following the decision to end sugar production in 2005," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. "The improvements in downtown Basseterre, the development of shops, restaurants and key attractions, and the increasing the number of certified taxi and tour operators in anticipation of demand growth, have clearly had a very positive impact on the experience that St. Kitts offers to visitors." The Tourism Minister also pointed to the role of the St. Christopher Tourism Authority Prescribed Areas Act which he said, "ushered in the establishment of a greater focus on standards, which were integral to the phenomenal success achieved by St. Kitts in a relatively short time."

The percentage of passengers reporting that they there were extremely or very satisfied with their overall St. Kitts shopping experience was 74% in the 2011/2012 cruise year as compared to just 47% in the 2005/2006 cruise year. For the 2011/2012 cruise year, results of the study show that St. Kitts ranks #2 in the Caribbean in passenger satisfaction with their overall visit and #2 in passengers reporting that their visit to St. Kitts met or exceeded their expectations. The destination also ranked at #3 in the Caribbean in passenger satisfaction with their shore excursion, at #4 in average expenditure per passenger and at #6 in total cruise passenger expenditures.

Concurrently, BREA reports substantial growth in cruise passenger arrivals to St. Kitts, which increased from 117,000 in the 2005/2006 cruise year to 629,000 in the 2011/2012 cruise year, an increase of more than 400% as compared to an increase of 13% throughout the Caribbean over the six-year period.

The BREA study was conducted under the auspices of the FCCA (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association) to analyze the contribution of cruise tourism on the economies of 21 destinations located in the Caribbean and Central and South America including Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; the British Virgin Islands; the Cayman Islands; Columbia; Costa Rica; Curacao; Dominica; The Dominican Republic; Grenada; Honduras; Nicaragua; San Juan, PR; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Maarten; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; The Turks and Caicos; the US Virgin Islands.

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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 08 St. Kitts Experiences Growth in Luxury Tourism Sector st. kitts, tourism, marina, airport, Robert L Bradshaw International Airport, Porte Zante

Private Jet Arrivals Up Following Airport Parking Expansion; Double-Digit Increases in Yacht Arrivals Over 2011Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 8th, 2013 - St. Kitts has been experiencing an increase in yacht and private/corporate jet arrivals in accordance with the Government's strategic decision to target a more discerning destination traveler.

In 2006, the St. Kitts & Nevis Government borrowed over US $15 Million in order to quadruple the size of the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport parking apron and construct a new taxi-way to facilitate the growing demand at that time from scheduled airlines as well as private/corporate jets. In 2010, the yachting and tendering facilities at the Government-owned Port Zante Marina were also upgraded to meet the demands of more affluent visitors, including hotel guests traveling between the sister island of Nevis and the RLB Airport in St. Kitts.

Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport said, "We are still struggling to recover from the global economic crisis which was a real shock to our tourism industry, but it is clear that St. Kitts has been reaping dividends from our Government's decision to invest so heavily in air and sea port facilities. The recent accelerated growth in business from these two particular niche markets is clear evidence that we made the right decisions at the right time."

According to the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), yacht arrivals rose from a total of 285 calls in 2011 to a total of 485 calls in 2012, an increase of 70% over the one year period. The average tonnage size of visiting yachts has also increased. As demonstrated over this past Christmas and New Year's period, corporate jet arrivals to St. Kitts have also been on the rise - from a low of 186 arrivals in 2009, the year following the US financial crisis, to an average of 393 corporate jet arrivals per year for the three year period 2010 to 2012.

A total of 1,336 private planes, including corporate jets, landed at RLB Airport in 2012 - up from a 1,188 in 2009. According to the most recent 2012 St. Kitts Tourism Authority RLB airport exit survey of passengers on scheduled airlines only, more than half of St. Kitts' stop-over visitors (53%) earn above US $100,000 per year. The average daily per person spend among this more affluent segment is $275 per day as compared to $165 per day for those making less than $100,000.

The growth in arrivals at St. Kitts of private jets and yachts are concurrent with the construction progress being made on the multi-million dollar Christophe Harbour Marina and the new private jet terminal at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. The latter is in the final stages of building out with a projected opening for May, 2013. In addition, plans are being developed for further development of the Port Zante marina, as well as for the modernization of yacht entry and clearance administration.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/68085

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

Dec 23 UAE residents pay Dh1.4m for a Caribbean passport Economic Citizenship, economic citizenship Caribbean, Economic Citizenship St. Kitts, International news, Dubai, Syria, UAE, St. Kitts, passport, St. Kitts passport

Hundreds of UAE residents are investing up to Dh1.4 million in Caribbean island states in return for citizenship.

The expatriate businessmen from countries such as Syria and Iran are becoming citizens of Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis to overcome restrictions imposed on their home countries.

Citizens of those islands are exempt from visa requirements in as many as 140 countries.

"Caribbean islands have a history of offering their citizenship against donations in government welfare funds," said Imran Farooq, chief executive of Premiers, a consultancy in Dubai that handles about 150 applications a year to St Kitts and Nevis.

"More people are taking citizenships in the Caribbean so if their country is under sanction, they can have options. Once they see the value that they can travel freely to various parts of the world, most of these are legitimate businessmen, they take up this option.

"St Kitts and Nevis has been very popular among Iranians, Russians, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Jordanians and Syrians." In this region, 65 per cent of applicants are Iranians, Mr Farooq said.

Only those who live outside Iran are eligible. St Kitts and Nevis suspended its programme for Iranians living in Iran last year.

A single applicant for St Kitts and Nevis will have to invest $250,000, or nearly Dh1m, in the country's Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.

Another option is the Citizenship by Investment Programme, which requires applicants to invest at least $400,000 in property.

The fees may increase depending on the size of the family and age of applicants. Costs for a family of four can reach $600,000.

In Dominica, a single applicant pays $140,000. Passports for a couple and two children under 18 cost at least $235,000. Additional fees are levied for background checks.

"If you are really getting a second passport, it is not a good sign," said Badie, 38, a Syrian businessman in Dubai who has applied for a Dominican passport.

"A year ago I would not have thought of doing this. I applied out of desperation. I have to travel extensively in the Gulf for my business.

"Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have banned Syrians from entering. I am afraid it could have a domino effect and other countries may also ban us. I want this for my business and as a matter of security."

Mr Badie hopes to have his new passport in six months, but will not live in Dominica.

Alex Woodley, consul general at he newly-opened St Kitts and Nevis consulate in Dubai, said: "Most of our applicants are not just citizens from displaced nations. They are not from one region or country. Participants are from many stable countries.

"There is a significant denial rate. St Kitts and Nevis has a stringent due diligence policy including engaging specialists to check the identity of applicants and make sure no applicant brings disrepute."

A Dubai property firm has sent text messages to residents promising citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis through investments.

"We provide them a vehicle for investment but it is the government who will sign off on whether they can accept it or not," said Munaf Ali, chief executive of Range Developments, developer of the Park Hyatt St Kitts and Nevis.

"We provide this to genuine people who have a good background and aren't involved in any criminal activities. We take an initial deposit of 10 per cent. Once the government approves their application, then we take the full amount. It takes three months from start to finish."

Mr Ali said the ease of visa access made St Kitts and Nevis attractive.

"A citizen wants to become global and have borderless travel. People are becoming richer and would like to travel more. They don`t like these barriers to entry. And businessmen would like to have the luxury to travel visa-free."

Source: http://www.duhur.com/uae-residents-pay-dh1-4m-for-a-caribbean-passport-preeti-kannan-the-national-uae/

Nov 01 St. Kitts & Nevis greenhouse will be largest in Taiwan's 23 ally countries Island news, St. Kitts, tourism, attractions, green house, Dr. Denzil Douglas, Ambassador Tsao

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, NOVEMBER 1ST 2012 (CUOPM) - A 16,000 square feet green house under construction at the Agro-Tourism Farm at Sir Gilles, will be largest green house in Taiwan's 23 diplomatic ally countries around the world.

This was pointed out by Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Miguel Tsao, during a site visit by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

The building when completed will consist of 1,600 pieces of glass weighing 24 tons and secured by 12,000 screws.

Ambassador Tsao noted that the entire structure remained unscathed after the passage of the recent tropical storm Rafael.

"That is a living proof that the foundation of the building is solid and strong like our friendship as well. The tempered glasses which require very skillful and sophisticated work will be put in place shortly. I do believe with our joint and painstaking effort, we will finish up in November," said the Taiwan diplomat.

He pointed out that with the completion of the first phase, work will begin on the visitor's center, tea house and the main gate as our 2nd phase job.

"We will keep in touch with renowned Taiwan Overseas Construction Company to embark on the 2nd phase and also to hire local constructors and workers from the Federation. So we can be able to wrap up the 2nd phase before the next hurricane season starts," said Ambassador Tsao.

He also disclosed that the 2nd phase of the street solar lights from Sandy Point to St. Paul's and along with Newtown Ground Touristic Farm is going to start from November.

"I harbour the hope that we can see the light up of the solar street light in this area in the Christmas Season," said Ambassador Tsao, who expressed his appreciation to the committee led by Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade and Prime Minister Douglas.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3367&post200803=true

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