St. Kitts Records Increase in Yacht Arrivals and Passengers in First Quarter of 2012
The St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority in St Kitts (SCASPA) has released figures showing that the Caribbean island nation has recorded three times the amount of yacht arrivals and twice the amount of tourists arriving to St Kitts holidays via yachts during the first three months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. The statistics reveal that 267 yachts arrived at the island in the first three montsh this year compared to 83 in the first quarter of 2011.
The Caribbean island nation of St Kitts and Nevis has recorded an increase in the number of yacht arrivals and passenger numbers during the first quarter of 2012.
According to statistics released by the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), the number of passengers that arrived via yachts to St Kitts holidays during the first three months of this year doubled compared to the same period in 2011. The number of yacht arrivals tripled during this year’s quarter with 267 vessels dropping anchor compared to 83 in the same months of 2011.
The figures revealed that in January this year 125 passengers arrived by yacht to their holidays in St Kitts and Nevis, 267 visited in February and 118 arrived in March, bringing a total number of 510 tourists and a 40 per cent increase compared to the 363 arrivals during the same period in 2011.
The Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt explained that the yachting industry in St. Kitts and Nevis is expected to change significantly over the next few years.
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“Yachting is a lucrative economic sector in other neighbouring Caribbean jurisdictions and has been identified as a key component of the strategy for future growth of our tourism development,” Mr. Skerritt commented.
He added that the Caribbean island destination is expecting even more holidaymakers in the near future as new transport facilities in St Kitts and Nevis are under development. These include the new private jet terminal at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, expansion of the Port Zante marina and modernised yacht entry and clearance administration, and the brand new marina facilities which are currently under construction at Christophe Harbour.
St Kitts and Nevis is a popular destination for yacht and cruise holidays in the Caribbean and the islands receive visitors all year round thanks to the tropical climate and breathtaking natural landscapes that include white sand beaches fringed with crystal clear turquoise ocean waters, lush green forests, volcanic peaks, and winding rivers.
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Situated in the West Indies, the two Caribbean islands are separated by a two-mile channel and tourists taking holidays to St Kitts and Nevis can easily access both islands during their visit.
The islands are home to an array of luxury beachfront St Kitts hotels and luxurious resorts and visitors can enjoy many activities including, tours to historical sites, bird watching, scuba diving, snorkelling yachting, catamaran cruises, fishing, golf, shopping and pampering treatments in luxury spas.
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