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SKTA continues to build out connectivity to the destination

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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – St. Kitts Tourism Authority CEO Ellison “Tommy” Thompson and other officials of the Authority met with United Airlines and Air Canada to discuss opportunities for service expansion and prospects for new routes, according to a release from the Authority.

SKTA CEO says the returned demand for travel requires the Federation to seize new airlift expansion opportunities, especially as it relates to aircraft capacity as summer unfolds and a greater need to provide additional accessibility to the destination continues.

The 25th edition of the St. Kitts Music Festival is 21 days out, and outside of international connectivity, regional connectivity is necessary to include the region in the experience. The SKTA says it has strengthened regional connectivity with additional flights through interCaribbean Airways. 

The Caribbean airline has announced additional flights between St. Kitts and Barbados from June 21-25 and upgraded from a 30-seater aircraft to a 48-seater from May 19 because of the increased demand for intra-regional travel.

Additionally, the Tourism Ministry continues to invest in youth involvement in the sector.

Most recently, Cam-Ron Audain of the Washington Archibald High School was declared Junior Minister of Tourism after being declared the 2023 Youth Tourism Congress winner. 

In October, Ms Audain will represent St. Kitts at the 2023 Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Regional Youth Congress.

Additionally, Students of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College’s Nathaniel John Hospitality Centre boarded the Harmony of The Seas for discussions on the cruise industry and a tour of the vessel.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Marsha Henderson, accompanied the students and expressed gratitude to the Royal Caribbean Group for their availability in helping St. Kitts invest in human capital development.

“Our youths are the future of tourism, and I implore our young people to educate themselves about the tourism industry as it undoubtedly brings forth incredible professional and personal benefits,” said Henderson.

The Tourism Minister emphasised the cruise industry’s critical role in the Federation’s tourism industry and economy through interactions with people from around the world, gaining transferable experience and skills.

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