“What is more important is that the study ranks St. Kitts the third highest cruise passenger spend among all the Caribbean destinations behind only St. Marten and the British Virgin Islands,” he said. “This means that cruise passengers are putting more money in our economy, more money and spending on tours, in shops and also for dining.”
“Our goal is to have passengers spend more money in our shops, on dining and with tours and activities,” said the minister.
Port Zante was designated as a marquee port when it exceeded one million cruise passenger arrivals for the 2017/2018 cruise season. Minister Grant noted that St. Kitts and Nevis is the only destination in the OECS to reach this mark. He added that this status has only been achieved by larger and more mature island destinations.
“The achievement is a direct result of our customer service training we provide to ensure a world class guest experience,” he said. “In fact, our total cruise passenger arrivals for the 2017/2018 season reached as high as 1.112 million.”