If any one destination could claim an enviable position throughout Caribbean Week in New York 2009, it would have to be St. Kitts. The island had a presence in nearly every aspect of the Week’s activities, from appearing on national television on Monday through the 36th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball on Friday evening.Starting the week off, St. Kitts was the first island destination to be featured on WPIX channel 11, a CW affiliate station, at approximately 7:00am on Monday morning, the prime time for capturing morning viewers. The segment on St. Kitts was just over 3 minutes long and included a performance by the island’s authentic Lenbo masquerades as well as an interview with Ms. Jacinth Henry-Martin, Manager of US Operations for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. St. Kitts’ culture and heritage as well as its wealth of attractions were showcased to an audience of over 77,000 people in the New York metropolitan region.
Later that morning, representatives from St. Kitts also appeared on the CBS Early Show, a popular national morning show broadcast to approximately 2.5 million people across the US. Filmed live on the CBS Plaza, each of the 7 segments shows St. Kitts & Nevis national flags being waved fervently by members of the audience, some of whom even became advocates for the island, joining the masquerades and tourism officers to increase the visibility for St. Kitts on the show. In fact, weather reporter Dave Price even had a St. Kitts flag placed in his lapel, which he cheerfully sported throughout the segment. St. Kitts received several on-air mentions and won the hearts of the crowd, TV crews and on-camera personalities alike!
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, 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.