Continuing the output of positive growth in the Caribbean destination of St. Kitts, the UK market has announced further good news for the destination, reporting record increases of 37 per cent overall in forward bookings by its key travel partners for the period April 2014 - March 2015.
The projected increases come at a hugely significant time for St. Kitts as the destination moves towards a more luxury brand with exciting hotel and golf developments on stream, the imminent opening of the island’s first private air terminal and expected completion in late 2014 of the new superyacht harbour, part of the Christophe Harbour development.
The increases are compared with figures from last year, i.e. April 6th 2013 and reflect forward bookings from a variety of UK tour operators.
The UK projected results also follow on the heels of a reported 7.6 per cent improvement from the European market in 2013, which contributed to the 3.2 per cent increase in stopover visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis in 2013, compared to 2012.
St. Kitts Minister of tourism and international transport, Ricky Skerritt, said: “This is excellent news for the destination; and proves how good working partnerships together with consistent efforts in the market do produce results; the UK continues to grow as an important source market for the destination and I would personally like to thank all of our in-market and destination partners who have contributed to this increase.
“I would also like to acknowledge British Airways for their continued partnership with the destination in building the St. Kitts route over the past five years.”
St. Kitts is currently served twice weekly on Saturday and Tuesday from London Gatwick by British Airways, the first scheduled carrier to provide regular airlift to the island.
For winter 2014/2015 effective October 26th, the two weekly flights to St. Kitts will be on Wednesday and Saturday.
The aircraft is a three class, 280 seat Boeing 777, holding 40 Club World seats, 24 World Traveller Plus and 216 World Traveller seats.