BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: A series of billboard-type ads depicting scenery from St. Kitts have begun appearing at various locations throughout New York City to help strengthen awareness for the region within that key target market.
The ads will appear in the financial (Wall Street), Chelsea and midtown districts of New York City. These geographic areas were specifically selected in order to reach the city’s more affluent consumers and support American Airlines’ service to the island including non-stop flights from JFK Airport on Sundays and Wednesdays and daily connecting service via Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The St. Kitts ads spotlight the island as a destination that can be reached via American Airlines. Variations of the ad feature an image of the St. Kitts Scenic Railway as the backdrop for simple ad copy and a photo of an American Airlines plane and/or their logo.
A total of 93 of these ads will appear each week over the course of 12 weeks, for a total of 1,116 ads appearing between October 3 and December 25, 2011.
“I’m extremely gratified that American Airlines has provided this excellent marketing platform to the Caribbean. It clearly demonstrates how much they value our region as well as their continued support for our tourism industry,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport.
“By participating in this highly targeted program, St. Kitts is able to get the attention of potential New York area visitors at a time when they are likely to be making decisions about their upcoming winter season travel and to entice them to choose the Caribbean for their next trip,” said Skerritt, who is also Chairman of the Council of Ministers for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Locations utilized in the co-operative advertising campaign include taxi tops, newsstands, double-decker buses, phone kiosks and urban subway panels.
St. Kitts is one of seven member countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organization participating in this American Airlines initiative.