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Fly UNITED to St.Kitts – Minister of Tourism Hon Lindsay Grant Formalizes New Service

Lindsay Grant-uNITED Airlines

Basseterre, St. Kitts (September 10, 2015) – This past Friday morning, St. Kitts met with top management from United Airlines at United’s headquarters in Chicago to formalize the new peak season service operating from December 19, 2015 through April 30, 2016 with Saturday non-stop flights to St. Kitts from the carrier’s Metropolitan New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

“While the new United service to St. Kitts was announced last month and flights can now be booked, it is important to continue dialog about shared goals and objectives as well as how we plan to meet them to ensure that our combined efforts are successful,” stated Minister Grant Minister of Tourism, International Transport, Industry & Commerce. “This meeting was an important part of that dialog and helped further develop our partnership with one of the largest U.S. legacy airlines.”

To provide a visual glimpse into St. Kitts’ tourism product for the United team, Minister Grant and CEO Racquel Brown of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority showcased the brand new destination video.  After seeing the video, Elias Manneh, International Marketing Manager for United (the only meeting attendee from United absent from the above photo), surprised the St. Kitts team by revealing a new landing page dedicated solely to St. Kitts that has already been constructed for placement on United’s website.

Following these presentations, Andrew Buchanan, Managing Director International Planning, Network Planning & Scheduling for United, sat down with Minister Grant for the ceremonial signing of the contract.

The overall atmosphere of cooperation and partnership continued through the conclusion of the meeting, during which Minister Grant invited the United delegation to travel on the inaugural flight and stay for a visit in St. Kitts.

Pictured Left to Right: Standing – Andrew Rusin, Sr. Analyst, Latin America Network Planning for United; Millie Uriarte, Director Latin American & Caribbean Sales for United; Darren Scott, Senior Manager, Latin America Planning International Network Planning  for United; and Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority; Seated - Andrew Buchanan, Managing Director International Planning, Network Planning & Scheduling for United and The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Transport, Industry & Commerce, at a meeting held at United’s headquarters in Chicago to formalize the new peak season service to St. Kitts. Pictured in the foreground is a model 737-800 United plane, the same aircraft that will be used for the St. Kitts flight.

Pictured Left to Right: Standing – Andrew Rusin, Sr. Analyst, Latin America Network Planning for United; Millie Uriarte, Director Latin American & Caribbean Sales for United; Darren Scott, Senior Manager, Latin America Planning International Network Planning for United; and Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority; Seated – Andrew Buchanan, Managing Director International Planning, Network Planning & Scheduling for United and The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Transport, Industry & Commerce, at a meeting held at United’s headquarters in Chicago to formalize the new peak season service to St. Kitts. Pictured in the foreground is a model 737-800 United plane, the same aircraft that will be used for the St. Kitts flight.

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 the25 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®.  In 2014, LINKS Magazine included 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 2015 by 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.

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-mailinfo@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitterand/or YouTube.

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