MyVueNews Staff Writer
Basseterre, St. Kitts, 10th January, 2019 (MyVueNews.com) – January is being branded as ‘Yachting Time’, as Christophe Harbour Development and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority collaborate to raise awareness of yachting activities in the destination.
Christophe Harbour Development will host the popular Caribbean Crew Fest, from 16th to 19th January, and the second event will be the Panerai Transat Classique, from 22nd to 26th January.
Caribbean Crew Fest includes yachting workshops, onboard sessions and social activities.
Last year, Crew Fest attracted over 150 crew members. This year, the organisers expect about 250 crew members participating in the program.
Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant said premiere yachting events such as Caribbean Crew Fest and The Panerai Transat Classique 2019 are key events that can grow the yachting sub sector, yielding benefits for the Federation.
Minister Grant said, “These two events place the spotlight on our yachting sector, and will attract more yachting business to our destination… We envisioned that our yachting sector will generate new opportunities for full participation and investment by nationals and local communities in the production and delivery of goods and services, as well as providing careers, decent work, and sound livelihoods for residents.”
Chief Executive Officer of Christophe Harbour, Charles P. “Buddy” Darby III, stated that he is honored to host such a prestigious event in partnership with race organizers, the Atlantic Yacht Club and Officine Panerai.
CEO Darby said, “Not only will we host some of the world’s most beautiful classic sailing yachts, we also anticipate over 200 elite guests, including yacht owners and guests, captains, crew and some of the world’s most influential yachting media in attendance throughout the event.”
Darby continued, “This exposure will certainly be a boon for Christophe Harbour and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, as we share our destination with the world on an unprecedented scale.”
According to tourism stakeholders, a strong yachting sector has the potential to create local jobs and support countless local businesses, producing compelling economic benefits for local persons within the federation.
The St. Kitts Tourism Authority Chief Executive Officer, Racquel Brown, said the SKTA will host journalists from prominent international publications such as Departures, Yachts International, Fodor, and the Evening Standard.
CEO Brown said, ”Having these journalists on island, who write specifically to the discerning traveler, will raise the awareness that St. Kitts is an emerging yachting and lifestyle destination, and drive more yachts to the island.”
Photo: Yachts at Christophe Harbour marina.