(PRWeb UK) November 24, 2010
In Basseterre, St. Kitts, on October 23, 2010 the 10th Annual Tourism Awards Banquet was held to honour the outstanding tourist businesses of this West Indies Island. The event, which was a collaboration between the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, was held at Brimstone Hill National Park and Fortress. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brimstone Hill Fortress was designed by British military engineers and built and maintained by African slaves, and it is one of the best preserved historical fortifications in the Americas. It provided a perfect scenic backdrop for this important tourism event.
CTO Chairman Senator and Minister of Tourism and International Transport Ricky Kerritt observed that the region has been going through a “challenging period” in recent years, but he expects to see a an increase in St. Kitts real estate sales and tourism in the near future. The event featured St. Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Senator Allen M. Chastanet who spoke about how the Caribbean can overcome the challenge of a recovering tourism economy.
Awards were given to local businesses and individuals who have made a significant positive impact on the development of the St Kitts real estate and tourism industry in the past year. Hotel of the Year was awarded to the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, and the title of Restaurant of the Year was received by The Spice Mill. These awards help to raise the standard of service by creating encouragement and rewards for businesses who strive to enhance a visitor’s experience of the island.
The St. Kitts Annual Tourism Awards Banquet is part of the greater celebration that is St. Kitts Tourism Month, a series of events and activities held throughout the month of October to increase public awareness of tourism in St.Kitts. Some of the other featured events include a Heritage Treasure Hunt, a Fashion Show, and a Marketplace.
In the past, St. Kitt’s economy was focused more on the production of sugar. In recent years, the island has shifted its economic focus towards promoting tourism and luxury St. Kitts real estate. Rather than production, the service industry has become the most important player in St.Kitt’s economy. Sales of exclusive real estate in St. Kitts have increased over the years, with many people being drawn to this beautiful location.
St. Kitts attracts a wide variety of travellers. Some are interested in the history of the area, and come to see the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. Others are sports fans; the island’s Warner Park Cricket Stadium hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Still others are drawn to St. Kitts for educational reasons, and intend to study either at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Windsor University School of Medicine, or the International University of Health Sciences. However, most travellers head to St. Kitts for the water sports, golf, tennis, gourmet dining, and of course sun, sand, and surf of this idyllic and warm island paradise, and either stay in hotels or rent St. Kitts real estate by the week or month.
Events like the Annual Tourism Awards Banquet demonstrate that the tourism of the island of St. Kitts is a dynamic and growing industry, striving to improve the experience of travellers to this location. If you are planning a holiday here, or looking to invest in some St. Kitts real estate, you can be assured that the businesses on this island are doing their best to make you feel at home and looked after here.
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