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Press Release 2012

New Acting CEO for St Kitts

Carolyn James is Acting CEO for St Kitts TOurism

Press Release 2012

Basseterre, St. Kitts (December 5, 2012) - The St. Kitts Tourism Authority today announces that, effective November 23, 2012, Mrs. Carolyn James, Director of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority's office in Canada, has been appointed to serve as the organization's Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Mrs. James has an exemplary track record in creating and executing marketing initiatives on behalf of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. Most recently, she spearheaded the creation and implementation of a new Destination Specialist Program for travel agents in North America that provides online training and booking incentives. Mrs. James' also headed arrangements last year for the introduction of seasonal weekly non-stop service to St. Kitts by Air Canada through a new relationship with Air Canada Vacations. Mrs. James is the longest serving market specialist of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and has worked in collaboration with various government departments on both St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as private sector entities, to promote Caribbean tourism in Canada and worldwide.

"Mrs. James is well-suited to lead the St. Kitts Tourism Authority at this time, as we intensify our efforts to grow the St. Kitts brand and drive more targeted business to our destination," said Alfonso O'Garro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. "As we hone our focus on the highly competitive demands of the marketplace as well as the needs of our tourism stakeholders and local people, her in-depth understanding of our island's tourism product will be invaluable, and we are pleased to welcome her home to her new role as Acting CEO."

Mrs. James has relocated from Canada to the home office in St. Kitts while simultaneously maintaining her substantial role and responsibilities as Director of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority for Canada. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Science degree in Tourism Administration and Marketing from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

Most recently, the destination ranked #3 on a list of the 10 Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report following its ranking as #1 on the publication's list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations in summer 2011. On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of "5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now" by MSNBC. It was also named one of the "Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012" by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island's Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of "10 Great Places To Explore The World's Best-Kept Secrets" by USA Today. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, 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, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts' exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island's sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.


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