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Minister of Tourism Hon. Lindsay Grant

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 01, 2019 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis added another accolade to its thriving tourism industry with a big win globally, capturing the Destination Stewardship Award in 2019 and thus positioning the country as an ideal place to vacation.

During a televised address to the nation on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to declare Tourism Awareness Month (November) open, Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Lindsay Grant touched briefly on the award.

“In April, we won the coveted Destination Stewardship Award for 2019 from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).  It is the world’s top recognition in sustainable tourism. As a small tourism destination, our bold and concrete steps to address Climate Change and establish a legacy of inclusive, holistic, balanced and responsible tourism development certainly resonated with the judges and have raised our profile in the global tourism community,” said Minister Grant. “We all know that St. Kitts is a very special place and now the entire world knows this too.”

Information from www.wttc.org states that the accolade for the award of Destination Stewardship “is presented to organizations helping a place to thrive and bring forward its unique identity for the benefit of its residents and tourists.”

In addition to winning the highly coveted award, Minister Grant used the occasion to mention the Federation’s ranking as one of the top places to visit by some of the world’s most prestigious publications. These include: The Wall Street Journal’s Where to Vacation in 2017, Robb Report’s  TheTop 21 Places to Travel in 2018, US News & World Report’s Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean, and Bloomberg’s Where to Go in 2018.

“St. Kitts is indeed the ideal vacation get-away,” he said. “Please bear in mind that visitors are coming to our island expecting an authentic Kittitian experience. Well- educated, internationally-travelled individuals, quite often sporting a relatively high level of discretionary income this is increasingly the profile of our guests who are looking for unique experiences that will expose them to our people, food, entertainment, our scenic beauty and our natural environment. Combined with our exquisite Kittitian charm, we have all of the above and so much more that will definitely add value to every guest experience,” Minister Grant added.

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