Airport Upgrades in Line With Anticipated Tourism Growth in 2024 Says Deputy PM

By Devonne Cornelius

Basseterre, January 4, 2024 (ZIZ Newsroom): The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is expected to see growth in the tourism sector in 2024, so notes Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley. He made that announcement during the New Year’s message.

“The tourism sector is projected to grow by 7.3 percent in 2024,” Dr. Hanley said, adding that the government of St. Kitts and Nevis is “aiming to enhance the overall traveler experience through significant upgrades.”

The Robert L. Bradshaw (RLB) International Airport already uses Common Use Terminal Equipment, which is an IT (Information Technology) solution that allows several airlines to use existing airport infrastructures to control passenger and flight operations through their servers.

“Our shift to the Common Use Terminal Equipment System marks the beginning of an improved experience for travelers. Departing from the constraints of our current system, which limits airlines to specific counters, this upgrade better accommodates our expanded airlift situation.

Plans are underway to streamline the check-in process by strategically installing kiosks and implementing information screens throughout the terminal, displaying crucial flight information,” Dr. Hanley added.

St. Kitts and Nevis has been working to transition to a sustainable island stage agenda aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, which United Nations Member States agreed on in 2015.

“Efforts to enhance operational efficiency at our ports align with our vision for a sustainable island state. As we progress, our goal is to transform our ports to better support this vision. Our commitment remains strong as we actively work towards solidifying tourism as a foundation pillar of our sustainable island state,” the deputy prime minister said.

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