St. Kitts is named a top travel destination for 2011: Island Earns Enviable Spot on Lists by Both British Airways and AOL Travel

St. Kitts Jan 14 2011 – For the second time in a one month period, St Kitts has been named among the top 10 travel destinations for 2011. Top travel website AOL Travel has announced that St. Kitts & Nevis earned the #4 spot on its January 10th list as compiled by journalist Jordan Simon. This achievement follows closely on the recent December 10th release which ranked St. Kitts on the Top 10 List for 2011 by British Airways. St. Kitts achieved the number 4 spot on both lists.

“Earning this distinction from two top travel entities is a clear indication that our strategy for the development of St. Kitts’ destination experience is working,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. “We have been making significant strides forward in terms of new developments while ensuring that our natural assets, rich heritage and authentic local culture remain intact and protected. This welcome publicity from AOL Travel and British Airways is only the beginning of the rewards that our efforts will bring to the island and people of St. Kitts & Nevis”

British Airways revealed its list of top ten destinations for 2011 in a December 2010 press release which ranked St. Kitts with Marrakech, San Diego and New York as its highest projected growth destinations for the next year. The airline launched weekly service to St. Kitts from London (Gatwick) in January 2009, which was subsequently increased to twice weekly in March 2010. British Airways was also named St. Kitts’ Tourism Partner of the Year in the island’s 10th Annual Tourism Awards in October 2010.

An article appearing on January 10, 2011 on AOL Travel subsequently included St. Kitts on its list of top destinations for 2011. Mentioning the lush rainforests, history, beach bars, excellent diving and hiking, it also notes the plantation inns mixed with value lodging and new developments underway. AOL Travel is a top web property with content and advertising reaching more than 90 percent of all the web’s travelers. Total readership is estimated at more than 2 million Unique Monthly Viewers (UMV).

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and the more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at one of St. Kitts’ two casinos or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Guests can select from accommodations ranging from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels or resorts.

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