St. Kitts and Nevis to Re-Open October 1, 2020
August 11, 2020 Jim Byers
One of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations is getting ready to welcome visitors again.
|In a press briefing today, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, announced that the Federation expects to reopen its borders, October 2020. This would allow for the resumption of air and sea commercial traffic carrying international passengers into the Federation’s ports.|
In conjunction with borders reopening, the Prime Minister announced that the Federation’s major hotels remain committed partners to the tourism sector. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Park Hyatt St. Kitts will reopen in October 2020. The Park Hyatt’s Fisherman’s Village reopened lAugust 7, 2020. Koi, a Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, will reopen in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Royal St. Kitts Hotel is currently operating with reduced capacity. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis (a personal fave of mine) will soon announce reopening plans.
preparation for the borders reopening, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, the Nevis Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Ministries of Health and Civil Aviation are conducting training for over 5,000 tourism industry stakeholders including hotels at no cost to them. The training aims to educate stakeholders in the health and safety protocols and standards that must be met in order to obtain the “Travel Approved” certification and seal from the respective Tourism Authority that will be required for them to operate.
The phased reopening is being implemented with the advisement of the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Chief of Staff and medical experts. At their advice, the Federation has successfully flattened the curve. St. Kitts & Nevis has the fewest number of confirmed cases in all the CARICOM independent states at a total of 17 with no active cases at this time and zero deaths to date.
This is a direct result of the Federation’s “all society approach” and adherence to established protocols including social distancing, handwashing and mask-wearing that remain in place.
About St. Kitts One of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean, St. Kitts awakens travelers’ sense of wander with its numerous “hidden gems” creating a unique and distinctive experience. Offering the quintessential Caribbean, its diverse tourism product has been developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, the island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include off-the-beaten track treasures, such as the secret spot where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean and tucked-away eateries where local fishermen grill their catch of the day. From hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the Caribbean’s only authentic scenic passenger railway, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, or touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park (an UNESCO World Heritage Site), there so much to discover it could take a lifetime to explore. For yachters, these attractions are coupled with state-of-the-art marina facilities, convenient customs & immigrations processing and readily available services including provisioning. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are water sports including catamaran cruises, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach. For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.
Nevis is a beautiful island, as well. The Four Seasons is a wonderful resort with one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. Next door is the super-casual Sunshine’s Bar, where wild monkeys have been to snatch unattended cups of rum punch. I also love Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. Hiking Mt. Nevis is a popular but challenging activity, as is checking out the historic home of former American politician Alexander Hamilton, who was born on the island.
About the Author
Jim Byers was travel editor for five years at the Toronto Star, which has the largest travel section in North America. “Canada’s Travel Guy” is a sought-after expert in the industry and has recently published his first e-book “Ontario Escapes, 19: Places to Visit Right Now.” Jim also serves as Senior Editorial Director for TravelPulse Canada.