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Give and Get Caribbean Getaway !!!

Give and Get 

“Care to win a trip to Anguilla, Puerto Rico, St Barth, St Martin or Nevis, while enabling a scholarship for a child in need?

For the past 18 years, the Teacher Gloria Omololu Institute, has been delivering education with a focus on holistic and modern approach to learning. Located on the small island of Anguilla, the school caters to local, regional and expatriate children from 11 different countries all over the World.

Fundraising is a key component to sustaining and growing our student base and 100% of the funds collected are going towards enabling a child’s education during the 2013 – 2014 school year. With the help of our wonderful sponsors, we’re giving away 6 Caribbean luxury getaways to Anguilla, St Barth, Nevis, Puerto Rico and two to St Martin and special perks such as dinners, massages, boat transfer and an airfare voucher.

Here’s how it works:

GIVE – $39 or more to the OmololuSchool.org scholarship fund and enable a child’s education

GET – the chance to win one of 6 Caribbean Getaways to Nevis, Anguilla, St Barth, St Martin or Puerto Rico.

Help us help a child in need and go to http://omololuschool.org/giveandget/ to get all the details and your tickets, drawings will be held weekly starting on February 16, 2013. These Caribbean Getaway tickets make thoughtful gifts you can feel good about giving to friends and family!

Your support of this great cause for a chance to win a Caribbean getaway is greatly appreciated!”

For details please click here:Give and Get Caribbean Getaway

St.Kitts –> Honeymoon Destination for Caribbean Week in NY…

St. Kitts Selected as Honeymoon Destination for Caribbean Week

** Also Provides Honeymoon and Cake for Wedding Couple During the Caribbean Tourism Organization?s Caribbean Week in New York **

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Reinforcing the island’s emerging reputation as a top destination for Caribbean weddings and honeymoons, St. Kitts has been selected as the honeymoon site for the wedding couple who will be married at the Caribbean Fair at Grand Central Station on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The public wedding is one of several activities being held as part of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual Caribbean Week in New York, June 4 to 9.

“St. Kitts is extremely pleased to have been chosen as the honeymoon location for this year’s lucky wedding couple,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. “Destination weddings and honeymoons is a niche market that we have been targeting through our various marketing and sales efforts because it is one that we feel is a natural fit with our destination product attributes. We are grateful that our market outreach is having an increased awareness for St. Kitts as a competitive option within this key market segment, and we expect that this New York City event will help us gain further visibility.”

St. Kitts is donating a honeymoon to the lucky couple, Mr. John Gordon Andre Millard and Ms. Tricialouise Gurley, in celebration of their nuptials that will be part of the Caribbean Week in New York activities for 2012. As a result of the island’s partnering with American Airlines, the couple will receive two business class tickets to St. Kitts in addition to a four-night stay at the St. Kitts Marriott, provided courtesy of the resort. The St. Kitts Marriott is also providing complimentary spa treatments at the Emerald Mist Spa to the couple.

In addition, St. Kitts will bestow the cake that the couple will cut and host them for their cake-cutting ceremony, which will immediately follow their 2:00 p.m. vow exchange. St. Kitts has provided the cake for the Caribbean Week wedding for the past several years in a row, but this is only the second time the island has been selected as the honeymoon destination for the newlyweds. Rum will be provided courtesy of St. Kitts’ own award-winning Brinley Gold Rum.

As a result of this promotion, St. Kitts will be publicized as a premiere wedding and honeymoon destination to a key geographic market, reaching hundreds of people who are expected to attend the Caribbean Fair and wedding, thereby also supporting American Airlines’ non-stop flight from JFK to St. Kitts.

Most recently, the destination ranked #3 on a list of the 10 Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report following its ranking as #1 on the publication’s list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations in summer 2011. On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC. It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it 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 former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.

 

“OUALIE Bay” – Top Budget Hotel on Nevis!!!

TWO TIMES AT THE TOP: OUALIE BEACH RESORT NAMED ‘BEST OF THE CARIBBEAN’

** Property Cited as a Top Budget Hotel by Two Travel Industry Publications **

OUALIE BAY, NEVIS (May 15, 2012) – Supporting its positioning as an affordable boutique property, Oualie Beach Resort on Nevis won “Best Budget Hotel” for the second year in a row in the 2nd Annual Caribbean Travel & Leisure’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2011.  It was also named one of “20 Awesome Beachfront Hotels Under $200” in the February 2012 issue of Caribbean Travel + Life magazine, effectively making it a twofold winner.

“We’re thrilled to receive both of these distinctions from recognized Caribbean outlets,” said John Yearwood, Managing Director of Oualie Beach Resort.  “They reaffirm that Oualie delivers quality and value at an affordable price level while simultaneously raising awareness for Nevis as an accessible Caribbean vacation option for a wider range of travel budgets.”

For years, Oualie Beach Resort has been promoting itself as Nevis’ premiere affordable accommodations choice.  A full-service boutique property that is family-owned and operated, it offers many amenities typical of larger hotels while maintaining friendly, individualized service and a sense of community that’s within the means of more vacationers. 

Situated on a sandy beach on the picturesque island of Nevis, Oualie Beach Resort is a uniquely charming, family-owned boutique hotel designed to appeal to travelers seeking a laid-back, personalized experience.  The property’s management is passionately eco-friendly and employs sustainable tourism practices including solar water heaters, low energy lighting, water saving techniques and community development initiatives.

Oualie’s 32 spacious guest rooms and suites are nestled within 1- or 2-story Caribbean cottages, each with outstanding views of the property, beach and Caribbean Sea.  Accommodations are well appointed and feature covered front porches complete with authentic planter’s chairs, white ceramic tiled floors, four poster mahogany beds and invitingly cushioned furniture.  Wireless internet access is complimentary in-room, on the beach and throughout the property. 

When not exploring the island, guests can enjoy numerous activities on property, including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, spa treatments, mountain biking, scuba diving, or simply relaxing in a hammock or lounge chair on the beach. Guests may dine in a casual open-air ambience at the Oualie Restaurant on tempting Caribbean fusion cuisine prepared by Culinary Institute of America Chef Michael Henville, the reigning “Top Chef” in St. Kitts and Nevis.  The Federation’s only 5-Star PADI dive operator, Scuba Safaris, is also based at Oualie Beach Resort. Oualie Beach Resort rates for 2012 start at $225 per room based on double occupancy and packages are available to suit a variety of special interests ranging from family to scuba to weddings & honeymoons.  For more information or reservations, call               1-869-469-9735       , e-mail reservations@oualiebeach.com, visit www.oualiebeach.com or follow the property on Facebook and/or Twitter for special deals.

Caribbean Travel & Leisure, launched in December, 2009 is a free online Caribbean travel guide featuring select Caribbean destinations, traveler reviews, special interest vacation themes and Caribbean travel deals as well as a hotel-booking and travel product engine powered by the Priceline.com® network.  The winners of the annual “Best of the Caribbean Reader’s Choice Awards” are determined through open voting via a poll on the website, www.caribbeantl.com.

The February 2012 issue of Caribbean Travel + Life lists Oualie Beach Resort among the authors’ 20 favorite beachfront hotels on the Caribbean.  Published eight times a year by Bonnier Corp., the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group, Caribbean Travel + Life also produces a Caribbean travel website, www.CaribbeanTravelMag.com, and a television series, Caribbean Travel + Life’s Best of the Caribbean, that airs on the Discovery Channel, Velocity Channel, Sun Sports and CaribVision. Potential travelers who are highly pre-disposed to visit the Caribbean comprise the publication’s print, digital, mobile and broadcast audience.

June 28-30, 2012 St.Kitts Music Festival

Toni Braxton to Headline 2012 St. Kitts Music Festival

** Full Lineup Announced for the Three-Night Event **


Basseterre, St. Kitts (May 9, 2012) — Six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton will headline the upcoming 16th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place from Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, June 30, 2012, joining an impressive lineup of artists for this year’s “Sweet Sixteen” event.

Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, said the multi-platinum superstar will perform at Warner Park Stadium on Saturday, which is the last night of the festival. “We are proud to have Toni Braxton visit with us in St. Kitts to headline one of the most dynamic lineups for this year’s St. Kitts Music Festival,” Skerritt said.

With more than 60 million albums sold worldwide Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation with her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, pop, jazz and gospel. Presently, Braxton is enjoying huge success with her Braxton Family Values reality show on the WE television network, however she is best known for songs like, “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” “Unbreak My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”

The addition of Toni Braxton completes an impressive St. Kitts Music Festival lineup, which includes Roberta Flack, Damian Marley, Omarion and other performers, as follows

Thursday, June 28, 2012 Friday, June 29, 2012 Saturday, June 30, 2012

Machel Montano and Team HD Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Toni Braxton

Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah Morgan Heritage Roberta Flack

Spectrum Band Courtney Pine Omarion

Nicha B Lovinder Liamuiga Project

Grand Masters Eric Donaldson

Shakki Starfire Popcaan

Mighty Takeover I-Octane

Ali Dee

Masud Sadiki

Now in its 16th year, the St. Kitts Music Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Commodores, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Biggie Irie, Bunny Wailer and Lord Nelson.

For more information, including ticket prices and places to stay in St. Kitts, visit www.stkittsmusicfestival.com.

On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC. It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. In summer 2011, the destination also ranked #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways. Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it 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 former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.

Sea Turtle Interpretive Center to be developed in St.Kitts

Sea Turtle Interpretive Center To Be Developed In St. Kitts

‘Turtle Team’ Donors in Cross Channel Swim Raise More Than $10,000 for the Project as Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – In keeping with the island’s commitment to sustainable tourism, St. Kitts is pleased to announce that it will soon be home to a new Sea Turtle Interpretive Center.  The Center will be developed by the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN).

The Sea Turtle Interpretive Center is set to be a year-round tourist venue and will be an important addition to St. Kitts’ expanding sustainable tourism product.  In addition to aiding in the preservation of sea turtles, the Center will also create jobs and add another eco-friendly attraction to the island for both visitors and locals alike.

“It would also aid tremendously in educating visitors and residents about these critically endangered animals and about the irreplaceable marine resources of the island,” said Dr. Kimberly Stewart, who heads up the SKSTMN.  “We really hope that the Center will inspire people to become actively engaged in marine conservation.”

Upon construction, the Center will serve as the SKSTMN’s orientation center for tours and field trips, a research station, an area to showcase the organization’s local craft and jewelry making, a gift shop and an area for members and visitors to seek refuge from the elements during patrols.  As their centralized base of operations, it will also allow the SKSTMN to expand their employee base from nine sea turtle technicians to at least fifteen plus ancillary support staff.  The Center will be located on St. Kitts’ Keys Beach and cost approximately $75,000 to complete. 

To help raise funds to build the new Center, the SKSTMN assembled a team of swimmers to participate in the 10th Annual StarMile2.5 Nevis-St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim on March 25, 2012.  The 34 members of the “Turtle Team” swam the 2.5 mile channel from St. Kitts to Nevis, raising more than $10,000 that will go entirely to the development of the Center.

This news is ideally timed, with sea turtle nesting season on St. Kitts having officially begun in March.  The SKSTMN offers eco-tours on St. Kitts from April 15 through June 15 annually, wherein guests can accompany the organization’s research team from 8pm – 12am to observe nesting female leatherback turtles.  Guests also receive a complimentary local beverage and packet of information about sea turtles.  Individuals can also adopt a turtle, learn more about the satellite tagging project, make a donation, or shop the SKSTMN’s online store.  The SKSTMN is a community based non-profit organization, so all proceeds are used to fund the St. Kitts sea turtle program.  

Founded in January 2003, the SKSTMN monitors nesting sea turtle populations & acts as an advocate for the strengthening of sea turtle protection laws.  Over the past 9 years, it has developed a broad-based program incorporating leatherback night patrols, morning beach monitoring, Sea Turtle Camp, school programs, leatherback ecotours and more.  To to inquire about arranging a tour or simply to learn more about SKSTMN, contact 1-869-764-6664 or visit www.stkittsturtles.org.  

On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC.  It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today.  As of summer 2011, the destination also ranks #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report.  Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.   Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it 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 former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches.  Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. 

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-582-6208      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or from Canada 1-888-395-4887 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-888-395-4887      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube

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16th Annual St.Kitts Music Festival, June 28-30, 2012

Omarion Joins the LineUp
for the 16th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival

Grammy-Nominated Artist to Perform at the Festival’s ‘Sweet 16’ Anniversary
 

BASSETERRE (April 5, 2012) – St. Kitts has added popular R&B artist Omarion to the roster of musical acts who will grace the stage at this year’s 16th  Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place June 28-30, 2012.  He joins Roberta Flack, Damian Marley, Courtney Pine and Morgan Heritage, who have already been announced as performers for the event.

“Omarion is an exciting artist who is known for his vocal, dancing and acting abilities,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport.   “He is a renowned entertainer with worldwide appeal, so having him perform at the St. Kitts Music Festival will certainly reinforce the event’s reputation as the most dynamic musical show in the Caribbean with rich variety, world-class standards, and exhilarating performances.”

Omarion, who’s legal name is Omari Ishmael Grandberry, is an exceptional American  R&B singer, actor, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and former lead singer of the popular R&B group, B2K.  Omarion was the last member to join B2K and became the lead singer of the group.  Following their debut album, “B2K,” the band’s second album, “Pandemonium,” reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 and gave them their first #1 single with “Bump, Bump, Bump.”  The group’s third album was the soundtrack to the movie, “You Got Served.” 

After the breakup of B2K, Omarion started his solo career.  His debut album, “O,” earned him two BET Awards in 2005, the Viewer’s Choice Award and the award for Best New Artist, as well as a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.  His hit singles include  “O,” “I’m Tryna,” “Entourage,” “Ice Box,” “I Get It In” (with Lil Wayne) and “Speedin.”  He was also featured on Bow Wow’s hit song, “Let Me Hold You.”  In addition to playing the lead role of David in “You Got Served,” Omarion’s acting credits include the movie “Fat Albert” as well as several TV shows such as “America’s Best Dance Crew,” on which he served as a judge for the fifth season.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Commodores, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Chris Brown, Biggie Irie, Bunny Wailer and Lord Nelson.

On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC.  It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today.  As of summer 2011, the destination also ranks #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report.  Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.   Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it 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 former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches.  Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. 

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.

News from !6th Annual St.Kitts Music Festival.

Morgan Heritage and Courtney Pine Join the LineUp
for the 16th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival

Two More World Class Musical Acts to Perform at the Festival’s ‘Sweet 16’ Anniversary


 

 

BASSETERRE (April 3, 2012) – St. Kitts announces that world-class musical acts Morgan Heritage and Courtney Pine will be performing at this year’s 16th  Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place June 28-30, 2012. They are joining Roberta Flack and Damian Marley, who have already been announced as performers for the event.

 

“A mix of great musical acts in one incredible destination makes our festival an experience like no other,” said Mr. Faron Lawrence, Chairman of the Festival’s Executive Committee. “I have no doubt that the blending of Morgan Heritage and Courtney Pine, with their roots-like music styles and history of exhilarating performances, will reinforce the reputation of the St. Kitts Music Festival as the most diverse musical event in the Caribbean.”

 

Oftern referred to as “reggae royalty,” Morgan Heritage is more than just a legendary reggae band.  They are known as a revolution, a family, a force of nature and a crew of five independent artists on an unsurpassed musical mission whenever they get together.  Lukes, Una, Gramps, Mr. Mojo and Peter Morgan – all children of roots reggae icon Denroy Morgan – draw on new wave, punk, hip-hop, dancehall and R&B, but manage to ground all of their musical explorations in the sound that is in their blood: Roots Reggae.

 

That finely honed modern roots identity has made Morgan Heritage one of reggae’s most enduringly successful acts.  The group is known for chart-topping hits such as “Don’t Haffi Dread,” “Reggae Bring Back Love,”  “New Time, New Sign,” “Down By The River,”  “Meskal Square,”  “Jah Seed,”  “Three In One,” “She’s Still Loving Me,” “A Man is Still A Man,” “Three In One,” “Your Best Friend,” “Tell Me How Come?” and “I’m Coming Home.”

 

Courtney Pine is one of the UK’s most celebrated and original saxophone musicians.  He is also known to be a multi-instrumentalist who studied the clarinet and excels in playing the flute and keyboards.  His most recent work has integrated modern British music like drum and bass and UK garage with contemporary jazz styles.  Key to Pine’s success is his willingness to stretch the boundaries of his genre.  He has, sometimes controversially, combined traditional acoustic jazz with reggae, soul, drum ‘n’ bass and afro-beat.  Over the course of his career, Pine has covered Nirvana, played on the main stage at Glastonbury and appeared at Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium. He runs his own band and integrates many contemporary musicians in his performances. 

 

Pine, who has been on the forefront of Britain’s jazz scene for the past 20 years, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Queen’s New Year Honours for services to jazz music.

 

Morgan Heritage and Courtney Pine will both take to the stage on Friday night, the second night of the three-night event.  They are the most recent additions to the lineup for the 16th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will be announced in its entirety in the coming weeks.  

 

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Commodores, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Chris Brown, Biggie Irie, Bunny Wailer and Lord Nelson.

On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC.  It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today.  As of summer 2011, the destination also ranks #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report.  Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it 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 former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches.  Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. 

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube

St.Kitts breaks Ground on Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm. Feb 2012 news

St. Kitts Breaks Ground on Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm

20-Acre Farm Designed to Become A Local Tourism Attraction


Pictured: At left, artist rendering of the Sugarcane Labyrinth at the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm; At right, Minister of Health, Culture, Community and Social Development and Gender Affairs, the Honourable Marcella Liburd; Minister of Public Works, Housing, Energy and Utilities, the Honourable Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt; St. Kitts & Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Agriculture, Marine Resource and Cooperatives, the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris; and Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Li-Jey Tsao conducting the ceremonial groundbreaking on the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm.

 

Basseterre, St. Kitts (February 2, 2012) – The groundbreaking ceremony for a 20-acre Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm took place on January 31, 2012. The farm is located on the site of a former sugar cane plantation, Sir Gillies, and is scheduled for completion in two years. The project is a collaboration between the Governments of St. Kitts & Nevis and The Republic of China (Taiwan).

 

“This project is unlike any other in this part of the Caribbean,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. “It is entertaining while also being educational, and represents a unique marriage between agriculture and tourism.  The Farm is an opportunity to showcase and promote community tourism and I commend it.”

 

In keeping with St. Kitts’ commitment to sustainability, the Farm will incorporate various “green” elements in its construction and upkeep.  It will feature local indigenous fruits and vegetables alongside crops originating from Taiwan, so that visitors can appreciate the crop diversity of both countries.  A Botanical Garden will have medicinal plants from both St. Kitts & Nevis and Chinese medical herbs.  Also gracing the gardens will be a traditional tea-house.  A visual highlight of the Farm will be a “Sugarcane Labyrinth” in the shapes of both St. Kitts and Taiwan, commemorating the sugar industry that once was an economic driver in both nations. 

 

Once operational, the Farm will conduct workshops and seminars for local youths who want to pursue opportunities in agriculture.  The design of the Farm was created by Taiwanese landscape and architecture experts who were sent to St. Kitts to compose a blueprint for the project. 

 

To commemorate the groundbreaking, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, joined with Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Li-Jey Tsao, in planting a memorial tree.  The ceremony also included the opening of the preparatory office of the Farm.

St. Kitts was named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today.  As of summer 2011, the destination also ranks #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report.  Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it 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 former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches.  Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. 

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube

 

Montserrat’s Volcano Hazard Level Lowered! Nov 2011 news.

Date: November 4, 2011

Written by Nerissa Golden

 

Montserrat’s Volcano Hazard Level Lowered

BRADES, Montserrat (November 4, 2011)The National Disaster Preparedness and Advisory Committee has taken a decision to reduce the hazard level of Soufriere Hills Volcano from 3 to 2, which will allow day-time access to Zone C.

 

Zone C comprises Cork Hill, Delvins, Weekes, Foxes Bay and Richmond Hill. Note there will be no access to St Georges Hill since is it now in Zone V.

Daytime access means that persons can visit these areas using a vehicle from 8:00 to 4:00pm. Children can only enter accompanied by their parents. Entry will be at a manned gate on the Corkhill Road adjacent to the condominiums on the southern side of the Belham Valley. Caution is urged when driving in the area as many of the roads are overgrown and are in poor condition.

 

The Montserrat Volcano Observatory has advised that the volcano is in a continued state of pause which is now the longest since the eruption began in 1995. The current pause has lasted 629 days. (Theprevious longest pause of 625 days occurred between 1998 and 1999).

 

The MVO Director, Dr. Paul Cole, has also stated that the frequency of pyroclastic flows occurring from the remaining lava dome has decreased.

 

Although the decision has been made to reduce the hazard level, residents and visitors need to be vigilant at all times because volcanic activity can still increase with very little or no warning.  Those persons entering should keep their car radios tuned to ZJB Radio at all times when in Zone C. They should also carry a battery powered transistor radio and mobile phone with them if they leave their cars.

 

Persons entering Zone C should exercise extreme caution generally and especially in crossing the Belham River Valley when it is raining heavily because of the possibility of lahars/mudflows. The crossing point is at the bottom of Dr Woods Road.

 

Zone V on the volcanic risk map remains closed. It is still in the full time exclusion zone.

 

Golfing with pros in St.Kitts & Nevis

Play Golf With the Pros in St. Kitts & Nevis

Book Now for the Second Annual Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am Tournament
Teeing Off January 8-12, 2012

Basseterre, St. Kitts Teams of professional and amateur golfers will take to the greens of St. Kitts & Nevis this winter for the Second Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am Tournament, which will be held from January 8 – 12, 2012.  The event will be hosted simultaneously by two Caribbean islands featuring play on two world-class golf courses.

“This is an important event for our destination marketing efforts as we begin to promote St. Kitts & Nevis as a world-class, twin-island golf destination,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. “With two more championship courses scheduled to open on St. Kitts at Kittitian Hill and Christophe Harbour within the next two years, we are becoming well-positioned to grow the market for golf tourism to our islands. The Admiral’s Cup will help us spread the word about our unique twin-island golf experience which has been one of our best kept secrets.”

The 3-day, 54-hole tournament will feature Pro-Am teams competing on two of the Caribbean’s most scenic and challenging courses, the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and the Four Seasons Resort Nevis Golf Club.  Rounds one and three will be played on the links-style Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, an 18-hole course managed by Marriott Golf. This sea-side course was first designed by Peter Thompson in 1975 and then redesigned by Thomas McBroom in 2003.  Its unique layout offers holes on both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It was the first Caribbean golf course to earn Audubon Certification for its environmental practices and is a natural haven for both native and migratory birds.  Round two will be played at the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, featuring the 20-year-old, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II designed championship mountain side course that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and St. Kitts with a spectacular beach-side finishing 18th green.  St Kitts & Nevis are separated at the closest point by a 2-mile wide channel and travel between the two islands is just over half an hour by ferry service.

Each team will be comprised of one host professional plus three amateurs.  Registration for the Pro-Am tournament is currently open to club professionals and will soon be open for amateurs and guests.  All-inclusive entry and non-golfing guest event packages are available and include amenities such as round-trip airport transfers, group breakfast and lunch daily, on-course refreshments, a casino event, spa treatments and more. 

All players and guests will enjoy the hospitality and renowned service of the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino, the host hotel for the event.  The Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am is managed by The Golf Connection and supported by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and American Airlines.  For more information about the event or to register, visit www.nevisproam.com or call               484-762-1185       .  

St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.  Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it 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 former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches.  Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. 

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at               1-800-582-6208        or from Canada               1-888-395-4887       , e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube