Basseterre, St. Kitts (June 30, 2016) – St. Kitts, along with sister island Nevis, has been ranked #7 on a list of the Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean for 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report.
“I’m very pleased to see our twin-island Federation included once again in these prestigious Best Vacations rankings,” said the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry & Commerce. “To consistently be selected as one of the top Caribbean vacations and to appear in more and more categories is a clear indication that we are succeeding in building awareness for our tourism product in the US, which is our largest source market for visitors.”
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- Editor Score (50 percent weight): For each ranked vacation spot, U.S. News’ editors evaluate factors reflecting the destination’s qualities for different traveler types (e.g. family friendliness, romance, beach quality). The editors further inform this evaluation with analysis of travel experts and travelers’ opinions, as expressed in travel guides and reviews. Each year, the editors analyze up-and-coming destinations to ensure each place included on any given list is relevant, insightful and offers compelling reasons to visit.
- User Score (50 percent weight): U.S. News’ website visitors have the ability to vote on the destinations included on any ranking lists. Specifically, users are asked whether or not they believe a destination belongs on the list. The User Score for a destination is calculated from the percentage of “yes” votes and is specific to a given ranking list. For example, if 60 percent of voters say that “Anytown, USA” belongs on the list of Best Romantic Getaways in the USA, then the destination’s User Score for that rankings list would be 6.0 out of 10.
St. Kitts is currently ranked by US News & World Report, with sister island Nevis, at #6 on a list of the Best Islands in the World, #4 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #3 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, #5 on a list of Best Family Vacations in the Caribbean and #10 on a list of the Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations. It is further ranked at #7 among the Hottest Places to Travel this Winter by CNN Money based on bookings received by Virtuoso, #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime, #14 on a list of the 50 Travel Destinations That Will Be Huge In The Next 10 Yearsas well as #8 on a list of the 25 Best Caribbean Islands by Business Insider, one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®. In 2016, St. Kitts has been ranked #15 of The Top 21 Destinations for 2016 by Robb Report and one of the Ones to Watch in 2016 by Travel Weekly. St. Kitts & Nevis have been named #13 on a list of the most popular Caribbean islands among the very rich by Bloomberg Business online, one of the Top 15 Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015by The Huffington Post and has been ranked by The New York Times at #34 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015.
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About St. Kitts
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white 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, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on a sandy beach. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.