Top publications with a readership of over one billion rank St. Kitts among the best in the world

 St Kitts – Ships at Port Zante

Continuing good news for St. Kitts’ tourism.

2012 was a banner year for St. Kitts in the travel press with a number of top publications, including US News & World Report, MSNBC, and USA Today with a combined readership of more than 1 billion, effectively promoting St. Kitts as a premiere vacation destination and singling out the island as among the best places to visit.


St Kitts – Ocean edege

The most recent accolade, on December 27, went to St. Kitts’ popular Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack, named as one of the 20 Great Caribbean Beach Bars by, which had also included Cockleshell Beach in a list of the Top 20 Beaches in the Caribbean earlier in the year.

"More and more respected media outlets are recognizing St. Kitts as our tourism product develops," said Senator the Hon. Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport.

"These publications are read by affluent, discerning travelers, who have the discretionary income to spend on our islands to the benefit of our local people. The six-year story of the acceleration of our tourism development since the closure of our sugar industry is a remarkable one that is being discovered by more and more quality media concerns. In 2006, our Government created a multi-tiered strategic plan aimed to stimulate investment in our tourism infrastructure and a shift to a more targeted visitor. Simultaneously, we began aggressively marketing our destination and focusing on improving our standards and empowering our people in order to reap the maximum benefits from the sector," said Skerritt.

St Kitts – Shitten Bay – South East Penisnula

St. Kitts is currently ranked at #2 in a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations and #4 in a list of the 12 Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report.

Just last month, St. Kitts was named one of the Top 10 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations by and in November it rated among the Editor’s Picks for 2012-2013: Best of the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel & Leisure.

In February, St. Kitts was dubbed one of the 10 Caribbean Islands You Shouldn’t Miss – The Best of the Caribbean in 2012" by as well as one of 5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now by MSNBC (as syndicated from a December 2011/January 2012 article in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine.

The island was also designated as one of the Top 12 Spots that Should Be On Your List for 2012 by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine.

In addition, many of the island’s tourism attractions were selected as hot spots to experience in 2012.

In January last year, the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was cited as one of 10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets by USA Today while called Port Zante one of "10 Great Caribbean Cruise Ports.

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