Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 06, 2018 (SKNIS): In addition to the growth of St. Kitts’ tourism sector over the past year, the tourism product as described by the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, is one that continues to be recognized for excellence.

According to Minister Grant, so far for 2018 alone, St. Kitts has been named among the 22 “hot spots” for Where to Go in 2018 by Bloomberg – the only Caribbean destination to appear on the list. The Robb Report listed St. Kitts as one of the Top 21 Places to Travel in 2018, while Travel Agent named the island as one of the Destinations to Watch in the Caribbean for 2018. Additionally, Caribbean Journal recognized St. Kitts as one of The 18 Best Islands in the Caribbean to Visit in 2018; one of the Top 20 Islands to Live on in the Caribbean and one of the Best Honeymoon Destinations in the Caribbean.

St. Kitts, along with sister island Nevis, was among The Most Beautiful Winter Escapes in the World and The Best Places to Visit in December by Conde Nast Traveler. Again, the islands were the only Caribbean destinations to appear on the list.

“Part of the impetus behind these recent recognitions is due to the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, which helped earn St. Kitts a special mention in The Caribbean section as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2018 by The New York Times,” Mr. Grant said. “We have also announced the development of two additional premier-brand hotels – a 125-room Ritz-Carlton for the Southeast Peninsula and a 70-villa Six Senses resort for the La Vallee area – both scheduled to open in 2021.

Minister Grant said the onus is now on Kittitians and Nevisians to protect the gains made in the tourism sector.

“Clearly our tourism product is growing, and so we need to conserve and protect our natural environment, to grow even further.  It is known throughout the world that Kittitians are naturally friendly and always eager to help,” said the tourism minister. “This is extremely important, because how we treat our guests impacts the success of our tourism industry. A simple smile, or a greeting, can go a long way in making our visitors feel welcome in our country.”