The joyous rhythms of Sugar Mas 52 resonated not only in the hearts of our people but also
contributed to the remarkable surge of arrivals to our beautiful Federation. The recently concluded
National Carnival period, spanning from December 15th, 2023, to January 2nd, 2024, witnessed
11,968 air passenger arrivals into St. Kitts & Nevis, with nearly 2000 more passengers gracing our
shores compared to the same period in the previous year.
This influx of arrivals not only reflects the allure of our Federation as a tourism destination but also
highlights the significant importance of Sugar mas to residents, returning nationals and international
visitors alike. Sugar Mas has evolved into an annual pilgrimage, drawing people to revel in our
unique blend of culture, music, and unity.
The impact of this national event extends well beyond the celebratory festivities, leaving a lasting
imprint on our economy. Restaurants experienced an unprecedented surge in demand, with
reservations fully booked to cater to enthusiastic patrons savouring our local cuisine. Car rental
services also witnessed a remarkable uptick in business, as vehicles were swiftly rented to transport
visitors across our picturesque landscapes. Meanwhile, our hotels, guest houses and AirBnb
provided comfortable accommodations to guests from around the world.
Almost One Hundred Percent of the National Carnival Budget is spent locally and as such provides a
significant and far reaching boost to the economy beyond National Carnival Events. Local
entrepreneurs and artisans, including caterers, photographers and content creators, hair and
makeup artists, designers, seamstresses, and vendors, enjoyed a significant surge in economic
activity during Sugar Mas. Cleaning services maintained impeccable venue conditions, and
infrastructure providers, including tent and stage rentals, lighting and sound specialists, as well as
bands, DJs and entertainers, all made substantial contributions to the grandeur of Sugar Mas 52.
Hundreds of seasonal employees were also employed over the National Carnival period including
vendors, gate and security personnel. The economic impact of National Carnival events was further
magnified by the many private fetes hosted during this period. These fetes also provided
opportunities for a host of service providers generating significant economic activity.
The far-reaching impact of Sugar Mas extends well beyond the carnival period, leaving a legacy of
economic growth, cultural preservation, and unity in its wake. As we bid farewell to another
successful Sugar Mas, the St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival Committee expresses heartfelt
gratitude to all participants, supporters, and stakeholders who contributed to this year’s vibrant
celebration. Sugar Mas is more than a festival; it is a testament to the indomitable spirit of St. Kitts &
Nevis, where culture, tradition, and unity flourish on the world stage.