St. Kitts Goes ‘Full Steam Ahead’ at Seatrade 2011
St. Kitts Seatrade Booth
Basseterre, St. Kitts (March 28, 2011) – From March 14-17, 2011, representatives from St. Kitts interacted with top executives and decision-makers in the cruise industry at the 27th Annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami Convention, held in chic Miami Beach, Florida.
The delegation from St. Kitts was made up of individuals from both the private and public sector, as follows – Alfonso O’garro, Chairman of the Board of Directors, St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Donald Freeman, Member of the Board of Directors, St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Melnecia Marshall, Product Standards and Cruise Manager, St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Stacey Gilbert, Product Standards and Cruise Officer, St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Delcia King, Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations, St. Christopher Air And Sea Port Authority, Terrence Crossman, General Manager and CEO, St. Christopher Air And Sea Port Authority, Marcellus Phillip, Chief Financial Officer, St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority, Errol Douglas, Chairman of the Board Directors, Urban Development Corporation, Errington Fyfield, Manager, Kantours Denzil Crooke, Executive Director of Delisle Walwyn Ltd, Troy Hendrickson, Owner of Travel Masters Tours, Cherise Lewis, Member of the St. Kitts Nevis Taxi and Tours Association.
“St. Kitts’ participation in this annual event helps us to foster our growth and continued success as a viable, desirable port of call for some of the world’s largest cruise lines,” said Al O’Garro, Chairman of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s Board of Directors. “I would like to personally thank all the delegates who helped us showcase St. Kitts as we aim to drive additional cruise business to the island as well as those stakeholders who contributed to the overall success through their partnership with the Tourism Authority.”
Throughout the event, St. Kitts was promoted as a premier cruise destination with numerous attractions that is capable of accommodating even the largest of cruise ships. Key to this effort, St. Kitts debuted a brand new Cruise Destination Magazine created to provide information about the island as a port of call that will be distributed throughout North America and Europe. Top executives from various cruise lines and organizations, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), among others, were in attendance. Numerous show attendees visited the St. Kitts booth where representatives provided a first-hand experience of genuine Kittitian hospitality, offering useful information and answering questions about the island and what it can offer cruise passengers.
Representatives also attended various seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions covering the state of the cruise industry and other topics, including how destinations can best work with the cruise industry to create new vacation experiences.