BASSETERRE, 6 November 2013 : The St. Kitts Tourism Authority has announced that Colm Lacy, Head of Gatwick Commercial British Airways, is to be the keynote speaker at the much anticipated St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards, to be held at the Carambola Beach Club, St. Kitts on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The presence of Colm Lacy at the St. Kitts awards event will reflect the special partnership that has developed between the Caribbean island destination of St. Kitts & Nevis, and British Airways who, actively supported last month’s St. Kitts and Nevis’ ‘Know the UK, Grow the UK’ initiative involving media, tour operators and travel agents. Mr. Lacy will address an audience comprising Government Officials, industry stakeholders, members of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and recognised tourism award winners who are expected at the popular annual awards event. “We look forward to welcoming Colm Lacy as our guest and keynote speaker at our St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards this year,” said Honourable Ricky Skerritt, Tourism Minister. “British Airways is an on-going and important partner as we endeavour to strengthen our marketing efforts in the UK. He was a natural and fitting choice to invite to share his thoughts about airlift and its relationship to the Caribbean’s travel and tourism industry.”Lacy joined British Airways in 1997, working in Cargo Finance, later on becoming Finance Manager of the Airline Alliance in 1998. In 2000, Lacy was appointed Senior Manager Revenue Management, responsible for pricing, for sales out of the UK and Ireland market. During his time in Revenue Management, Lacy held a number of roles including responsibility for BA revenue forecasting and analysis. Now in its 13 th year, the St. Kitts Tourism Awards brings together industry stakeholders to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions to the development of the St. Kitts tourism product. The event is part of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s drive to elevate service standards in the island’s hospitality industry and encourage the creation of uniquely Kittitian visitor experiences and distinctive service elements that enhance the destination’s competitive position in the regional and global tourism arena. A number of awards will be presented at the St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards, including Pillar of Tourism, Employee of the Year, the People’s Choice, the National Champion, Responsible Tourism and the Excellence Award. St. Kitts and Nevis is currently served twice-weekly on Saturday and Tuesday from London Gatwick by British Airways, the first scheduled carrier to provide regular airlift to the island. The BA aircraft uses a three class, 280 seat Boeing 777 aircraft holding 40 Club World seats, 24 World Traveller Plus and 216 World Traveller seats.