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St. Kitts and Nevis bathes in beauty & heritage

The China Post--“I guarantee that you will have a great time if you come to St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis,” said the country's ambassador, Jasmine Huggins. at the Taipei International Travel Fair (Taipei ITF, 台北國際旅展) yesterday.

Indeed, there are not many places in the world where one can find both stunning unspoiled natural beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of historical, cultural and architectural significance.

St. Kitts and Nevis is a country of two adjacent islands located in the Caribbean Sea. With a population of 53,000 people, the 100-square-kilometer country relies mostly on tourism.

The country's most popular tourist attraction is the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The fortress is a well-preserved example of 17th- and 18th-century architecture, engineered by the British and built by African slaves. It is situated at a strategic point which enabled the British army to fire against any ships passing by St. Kitts. From the top of the hill one has a clear view of the Caribbean Sea and three nearby islands — St. Eustatius, Saba, and St. Barthelemy.

Another popular tourist attraction is the sugar train, which according to the ambassador is the only working tourist railroad in the Caribbean. Originally used to transport sugar cane, the train was redesigned in 2005 with visitors in mind. Passengers can take the train around the island while getting some idea of the history and customs of the country.

As islands emphasizing tourism, St. Kitts and Nevis have world-class hotels and resorts. The country's Nisbet Plantation is recognized as one of the best resorts not only in the Caribbean but in the world. Its Four Season Resort is routinely listed in top 10 resort lists covering the Caribbean and Latin America.

The country's Port Zante is able to accommodate the world's largest cruise ship — Alllure of The Seas. The Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mary made stops in St. Kitts on their maiden voyages. Huggins stated that by the end of the 2012 cruise season country will have received 500,000 passengers.

With golf and traditional local drinks, the St. Kitts and Nevis booth at the Taipei ITF attracted many visitors. “People in Taiwan really love golf,” Huggins said after seeing a long line in front of the booth. “Currently we have two golf courses, where people can play golf and enjoy the views of both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.”

At the end of the interview, Huggins thanked everyone who visited the booth.

“Hope to see you again in St. Kitts and Nevis,” Huggins said with a smile.

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St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis Ambassador Jasmine Huggins holds a pamphlet introducing her country's tourist spots in Taipei, yesterday.

(Courtesy of the Embassy of St. Christopher and Nevis)

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