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Tourism Minister Hon Lindsay Grant Announces 3-Year Partnership between St.Kitts and the Barmy Army UK

Pictured Left to Right: Alicha Warner, Sales Mgr, St. Kitts Marriott Resort; Greg Phillip, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority; Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Transport, Industry & Commerce; Paul Burnham, Managing Director of Barmy Army Ltd; Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and Geisel Hazel Powers, Travel Industry Sales Manager, Four Seasons Resort, Nevis.

London, UK (September 29, 2015) – A charity four-ball bringing together golf media, executives and avid golf consumers, provided the setting for a three year partnership launched today between St. Kitts and Barmy Army Golf to raise the profile of the destination in the UK golf market.

The partnership, which was announced by the Honourable Lindsay Grant at a special St. Kitts Barmy Army Golf Day hosted by Burhill Golf Club in the County of Surrey, represents the first strategic golf partnership for the destination in the UK.

Over a three year period, the initiative will focus on the hosting of annual St. Kitts & Barmy Army exclusive golf events, with the inaugural being launched in November 2016
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The partnership joins alliances such as the St. Kitts & Nevis Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am, now in its 6th successful year and the St. Kitts 2-ball Shootout, launched in August 2015 in conjunction with the Golf Association of Canada.

Speaking at the launch event, Honourable Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce, said, “We are proud to partner with such a unique and successful organization as the Barmy Army and I am looking forward with much optimism over the next three years and the international attention this partnership will bring to our destination. Importantly, such a partnership will greatly help in making the game more accessible and affordable.”

“With the final 9-holes of Irie Fields at Kittitian Hill soon to be opened followed by the 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course at Christophe Harbour within the next two years, St. Kitts & Nevis will be offering four championship courses for play and is well-positioned to become a destination of choice for golfers.”

Minister Grant went on to say, “We look forward to showcasing the beauty and challenges of our golf courses to Barmy Army members and have every confidence that these two beautiful islands will, in time, be viewed as a major golf hub in the Caribbean.  We hope to see many of you over the coming years.”

Also speaking at the event, Paul Burnham, Managing Director of the Barmy Army Ltd, said, “The Brits and in particular the Barmy Army love the Caribbean for its Cricket. We look forward now to developing our brand in the Golf world and feel St Kitts is the perfect venue for us to visit and play some quality Golf. The island is blessed with amazing golf courses and people. We cannot wait to promote St Kitts to our members and other organizations and associations.”

About St. Kitts
St. Kitts is currently ranked, with sister island Nevis, at #3 on a list of the Best Islands in the World, #3 on a list of the Best Caribbean Vacations, and #7 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #8 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, and #8 on a list of the Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations by US News & World Report.  It is also currently 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 Years as well as #8 on a list of the25 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 2014, LINKS Magazine included St. Kitts & Nevis in its newly created ranking of the Top 25 Islands in the world. St. Kitts & Nevis has also been named one of the Top 15 Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015 by The Huffington Post and has been ranked by The New York Times at #34 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015. In addition, St. Kitts received the “Innovative Destination of the Year” Award in Caribbean Journal’s Caribbean Travel Awards 2014.
For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mailinfo@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitterand/or YouTube.

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