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Grant presses for high quality service in tourism



SB-OdesBasseterre, St. Kitts, 17th November, 2917 (MyVueNews.com) - It is important to deliver first-class service to the country’s visitors, Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant said, as seven cruise ships were in port.

For the first time in the history of cruise tourism on St. Kitts, seven ships visited the federation with a total capacity of about 10,000 passengers.

“That’s extremely good for this country. Additionally, it shows what the 2017 - 2018 cruise season, which is just ahead of us, has to offer. In November, we are going to have seventy calls. In December we are having over 115 calls in port. That translates to a lot. It translates in December alone to about US$30 million to be pumped into the economy,” said Grant.


Grant was speaking with the St. Kitts-Nevis Media at Carambola Beach Restaurant, where hundreds of visitors had disembarked the Seabourn Odyssey, a cruise ship anchored just off Friars Bay Beach. Agents of the cruise ship had rented the entire Carambola facility for the day.


He revealed that tourism officials had been dialoguing with stakeholders - Police, the Army, the medical fraternity, Fire and Rescue Services, the vendors to make sure everybody is on top of their game, the Minister explained.


He stated, “We have to deliver first-class service to our visitors. We want them to leave here knowing that it’s not just about the sand and sea, but it is about our people who can deliver top class, first class, first rate service in a first-line industry.”


He continued, “This industry is our ‘bread and butter’. It pumped into the industry, this year alone, $671 million of economic activity. We can’t just pick up that anywhere.”


Currently, St. Kitts is rated at #3 in visitor spend, US$111.08 per day, for each adult visitors.


On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, seven-ship visits will again occur on each of those days Grant said.

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