Following the passing of hurricanes Irma, José, and Maria, the Nevis Tourism Authority put on a united front during the Destination St. Kitts & Nevis roadshow to show that the island is very much open for business, and is flying the flag for the Caribbean.
Whilst many of the other islands in the Caribbean are still battling in the wake of the recent adverse weather, Nevis was, relatively speaking, unharmed by the recent storms, making this year’s roadshow arguably more important than ever before.
Now in its 5th year, the annual Destination St. Kitts & Nevis roadshow once again took place in the UK’s major cities, welcoming participating partners from both islands to meet and network with travel agents, tour operators and members of the British press.
I was lucky enough to attend one of these fantastic media events to learn more about Nevis and St Kitts. I was also treated to a variety of delightful Caribbean cuisine and delicious rum-cocktails, whilst learning more about these stunning twin-island nations.
The start of their roadshow commenced with the first of the travel agent events at the stunning riverside venue of Winchester House, Putney in London, the second of which kicked off at the unique Manchester venue Hotel Football, located opposite Old Trafford stadium, Manchester.
Agents at both events were pitted against each other to find out the unique selling points of both islands, in order to be in with the chance to win top destination prizes, including stays at resorts including The Hermitage Plantation Inn, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, and Oualie Beach Resort
The media event I attended took place at The Apartment at The Hoxton Hotel, London, and as suggested in the name, the compelling venue resembled an apartment. I met with various tourist representatives from Nevis and St Kitts, including Four Seasons, The Hermitage and Montpelier; and from St.Kitts St. James Travel & Tours, St. Kitts Marriott, Park Hyatt and YU Lounge, to see how we could collaborate in the future. There was also a fabulous screening of the St Kitts and Nevis destination video presentation ahead of a welcome speech by the CEO of Nevis Tourism Authority, Greg Phillip.
Greg B. Phillip, CEO of Nevis Tourism Authority said: “In this difficult time, whilst we cannot forget our neighbours, we must fly the flag for the Caribbean, and we would like to spread the message that Nevis is open for business. Our goal is to share our beautiful island with the world, and we are delighted to welcome visitors back.”
I look forward to visiting this amazing destination in the future and will keep you updated on any future blog posts!