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St. Kitts to break cruise tourism barrier



Port-Zante-C118Basseterre, St. Kitts, 13th November, 2017 ( - Tourism authorities are projecting that St. Kitts will cross the one million passenger milestone this cruise ship season.


According to their projections, over 1.5 million cruise passengers are expected to visit St. Kitts by the end of the 2017 - 2018 season, coming off of 569 cruises ships.


On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 14 ships will visit, seven on each day.


Tourism Authorities have attributed the rise to previous commitments with new crime lines adding St. Kitts to their itineraries. However, some of the increase comes as a result of damage cause by Hurricanes Irma and Maria is some major cruise destinations such as St. Maarten and Puerto Rico.


Caribbean tourism statistics indicate that cruise tourism is growing in the Caribbean by 4.2 per cent on average, accounting for over 29 million cruise passengers coming to the region.


Although the United States remains the main source market for cruise visitors, the Caribbean experienced is greatest growth from European markets. Caribbean arrivals from the UK and Europe are up 11 per cent, representing about 5.6 million passengers. It is this growth that local tourism authority officials said St. Kitts has been able to attract new cruise lines to the island.


Commenting on last year’s cruise tourism performance, CTO’s Chief Executive Officer Hugh Riley is quoted as saying, “No doubt, we are proud of our region’s performance in 2016 – the result of the combined efforts of our member countries, the CTO and our partners, who planned and executed a number of attractive and excellent programmes and activities to attract visitors and have them talking and writing and sharing images about the Caribbean.”

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