ST. KITTS & NEVIS
Located in the Central American Caribbean region of the small Antilles, north of the Leeward Islands, the British occupation of St. Christopher Island after its name is simplified to St. Kitts. It is the first British colony in Caribbean region, and the British used this island as a transit point, continued to expand the colonial territory in the Caribbean. St. Christopher island and Nevis Island are formed as the federal island countries, and these islands were independent and become a British commonwealth kingdom in 1983. The current tourism development is the fastest, and its annual growing rate is 18%. St Kitts and Nevis has become the most potential development country. The tourism is an important source of domestic earnings. Travel revenue in 2000 was $ 57.2 million,and it was $ 61.2 million in 2001. Total number of tourists is 380112 in year 2007, including 125026 overnight visitors, 255086 cruise passengers. Most tourists come from the United States, Europe and Canada. The sugar industry is an important source of the economy in St. Kitts. Tourism, offshore banking and manufacturing are becoming increasingly important, and St Kitts has the largest electronics assembly industry in the Eastern Caribbean region. The small offshore industry is popular, and 15,000 international companies settled their offshore companies here and it become one of important sources of earnings too.