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UK Media Spotlights St. Kitts-Nevis

Katherine Lawry, Features Editor of leading travel trade magazine,TTG, interviews Minister of Tourism The Hon. Lindsay Grant.
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UK Media Spotlights St. Kitts-Nevis 

London, UK 20th October: More than 30 UK journalists representing consumer, trade and online as well as niches of food, adventure and romance, were wowed at a joint St. Kitts and Nevis media event held last week during the 4th annual Destination St. Kitts & Nevis roadshow.

Contemporary London venue, Vanilla, provided the exclusive setting for media to network and interact with tourism officials, stakeholders and UK representatives,  as part of a delegation led by Minister of Tourism for the Federation, the Hon. Lindsay Grant and Minister of Tourism, Nevis, the Hon Mark Brantley.

Key media contacts such as Nigel Tisdall from the UK’s Telegraph Media Group;  Peter Swain, golf and travel writer; travel trade writers, Paul Scudamore and Katherine Lawry and a team from Escapism magazine, the UK’s largest new independent travel title, attended pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with partners. They were joined by lifestyle and food journalists and bloggers as well as niche media who also met directly with partners to discuss opportunities in the year ahead.

Kimberley Giblin from Four Seasons meets with Charlotte Gibbs and Seth Tapsfield from Escapism Magazine

Laura Jackson (left), Commissioning Editor for Woman and Woman’s Own magazines meets with Lorraine Phillip from the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

CEO, Racquel Brown, said “the media event is an important element to the Destination St. Kitts and Nevis roadshow offering our partners a platform to build long-term relationships with the UK media.  I hope that all participating partners had successful meetings and will in time leverage satisfactory opportunities from those meetings.”

At the start of the main event, media guests were greeted with St. Kitts and Nevis signature rum cocktails, Ting with a Sting and the famous Killer Bee, prepared especially for the event before a joint welcome by CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Racquel Brown and CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority, Greg Phillip.  Both Ministers also addressed the audience following which media were given a fantastic insight into the two destinations via destination videos.

(Left to right) Muffin Hoffman and Tonya Hoffman from Montpelier Plantation & Beach meets with Ray Carmen from Caribbean World Magazine.

Katherine Lawry, Features Editor of leading travel trade magazine,TTG, interviews Minister of Tourism The Hon. Lindsay Grant.

In addition to Tourism Ministers and CEO’s the delegation also included Chairman of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Nick Menon; Director of Marketing, Avenice Thompson and special guest, His Excellency Dr. Kevin Isaac, High Commissioner for St. Kitts and Nevis.

Participating partners included from St. Kitts, Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts Marriott, Park Hyatt, Ottley’s Plantation, St. James Travel & Tours and YU Lounge and from Nevis, Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Oualie Beach Resort, Mount Nevis Hotel, Nisbet Plantation & Beach, Four Seasons Resort and Paradise Beach, Nevis.

Minister of Tourism The Hon. Mark Brantley meets with Vitali Vitailev and Christine Bohling, representing E & T (Engineering & Technology) Magazine. The publication is due to visit the destination in November.
Media meetings in place with – in the foreground, Ursula Barzey from Blog Caribbean & Co with Cinthya Cabrera from St. James Travel & Tours – and behind, Nigel Tisdall from the Telegraph meets with Nadia Walford representing Park Hyatt St Kitts
Greg Phillip, CEO of Nevis Tourism Authority exchanges business cards with Naomi Staines of Escapism magazine
Kimberley Giblin from Four Seasons  meets with Char Taylor of Taylor Heart Travel
Tonya Hoffman from Montpelier Plantation & Beach meets with Simon Heyes of The Gentleman Traveller
Jack Carter from Conference and Incentive Travel and Pooven Sockalingum from Yu Lounge.
Marketing Director of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority Avenice Thompson (right) meets with Heidi Roberts of Kitchen Talk.
Nigel Tisdall from The Telegraph meets with Pauline Gullidge from Mount Nevis Hotel.
Nevis Minister of Tourism The Hon. Mark Brantley meets with Richard Pavitt of Nugent to discuss The Blues Festival.
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