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St. Kitts Meets with Top Executives from Carnival Corporation
Participants Discuss Further Development of their Partnership
Pictured (seated) Left to Right: Sr. Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development of Carnival Corporation & plc, Giora Israel; Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, The Hon. Timothy Harris; Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant; CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, Arnold Donald. Pictured (standing) Left to Right: Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development of Carnival Corporation & plc, Stefano Borzone; Chief of Staff to Arnold Donald, Karl Sestak; Vice President of Global Ports and Caribbean Government Relations of Carnival Corporation plc, Marie McKenzie; Ms. Sherelle Hobson of the Prime Minister’s Office Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Nicholas Menon; Vice President of Port and Destination Development Operations of Carnival Corporation & plc, David Candib; and Product Development Manager at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Melnecia Marshall.
Basseterre, St. Kitts – On the heels of a record-setting 2017-2018 cruise season, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris in conjunction with Minister of Tourism The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant met with top executives from Carnival Corporation & plc to discuss further development of the partnership between the destination and the cruise line.
“It is a testament to the excellent relationship between Carnival and the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism together with the St. Kitts Tourism Authority that their highest level executives have taken the time out of their busy schedules to meet with us here on island,” said Minister Grant. “With the Carnival Fascination being the only vessel to make year-round calls to St Kitts, our partnership with Carnival is one of the key drivers behind our exceeding the million cruise passenger arrivals mark in the 2017-2018 season. We are grateful for Carnival’s contributions to the development of our cruise sector and we will continue working together closely moving forward.”
The Prime Minister and Minister Grant welcomed President of Carnival Corporation & plc, Arnold Donald; Sr. Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development, Giora Israel; Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development, Stefano Borzone; Vice President of Port and Destination Development Operations, David Candib; Vice President of Marine, Karl Austin, and Vice President of Global Ports and Caribbean Government Relations, Marie McKenzie.
“St. Kitts is a beautiful island with warm welcoming people and many unique attractions for our guests,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc. It is a significant milestone for St. Kitts to reach one million guests as part of another record-setting cruise season.”
Led by the Prime Minister and Minister Grant, the St. Kitts delegation consisted of Cabinet Secretary, Josephine Huggins; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Nicholas Menon; and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority Product Development Manager, Melnecia Marshall. They spoke with the Carnival team about progress being made on the construction of the second cruise pier at Port Zante, transportation sector standards, public infrastructure development and the identification of clear growth strategies and product enhancement plans to maintain the destination’s strong appeal to the cruise market. Future itineraries that include the destination as a port of call from Carnival Corporation were also discussed.
On July 16, 2018, St. Kitts exceeded one million cruise passenger arrivals for the first time in its history, the only destination in the OECS to do so in the 2017-2018 season. Having reached this millionth passenger arrivals milestone, St. Kitts is now considered by the cruise lines to be in the same marquee port status category as much larger destinations in the region.
About St. Kitts:
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, 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, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are water sports, 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.
About Carnival Corporation & plc:
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world’s largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of 10 dynamic brands that include nine of the world’s leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard, as well as Fathom, the corporation’s immersion and enrichment experience brand.
Together, the corporation’s cruise lines operate 103 ships with 234,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 22 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2025. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.
In 2017, Fast Company recognized Carnival Corporation as being among the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in both the design and travel categories. Fast Company specifically recognized Carnival Corporation for its work in developing Ocean Medallion™, a high-tech wearable device that enables the world’s first interactive guest experience platform capable of transforming vacation travel into a highly personalized and elevated level of customized service.
Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.princess.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.seabourn.com, www.pocruises.com.au, www.costacruise.com, www.aida.de, www.pocruises.com, www.cunard.com, and www.fathom.org.
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