Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, said, “Caribbean Week in New York provides an excellent platform for connecting with key partners and target audiences. In addition to attending CTO functions, we were able to arrange a series of meetings and events showcasing St. Kitts wherein we could tell the story of why the island is a rising star in the Caribbean and globally.”
On Monday, June 1, 2015, St. Kitts hosted an invitation-only cocktail reception and plated dinner at the Park Hyatt hotel in New York City for select members of the media from top tier publications, over which Minister Grant presided. Publications with high-ranking editors in attendance at the event included Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Saveur, BlackBook, About.com Luxury, Endless Vacation and Upscale, to name a few. With the guest list limited to a small, intimate group, attending editors all had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Minister Grant and other St. Kitts tourism representatives including St. Kitts Tourism Authority CEO Racquel Brown about the island’s tourism product including its history, culture, new developments, strategic tourism plan and why it is uniquely special.
In addition to hosting the media dinner, Minister Grant and the St. Kitts Tourism team held meetings with editorial and publishing partners over the past two days, with additional meetings and events scheduled to take place throughout the week.
About St. Kitts:
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 byBusiness Insider, one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®. In 2014, LINKS Magazineincluded St. Kitts & Nevis in its newly created ranking of the Top 25 Islands in the world. 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.