Since St. Kitts moved away from sugar production in the mid-2000’s, tourism became the top economic driver in the destination. As a small island developing state, St. Kitts is highly susceptible to both the positive and negative impacts of tourism. On the one hand, tourism brings a wealth of economic benefits to the island’s residents and communities. However, there is also a perpetual risk that careless tourism could damage the island’s fragile ecosystems and overburden local resources and infrastructure.
Recognizing that tourism presents both an opportunity and a threat to their environments and communities, St. Kitts placed sustainability at the core of their tourism strategy. This film explores how Sustainable Travel International has partnered with the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism to raise local awareness around the importance of destination stewardship and engage stakeholders in sustainable practices.