Disaster Management Tourism 

Barbuda Fundraiser at Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Beach Shack Pop-up in London

To help with the Barbuda relief efforts, the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (UK Office) partnered with the Archer Street Cocktail Bar on a UK based fundraiser evening. Held at the Antigua and Barbuda Beach Shack in Archer Street on the closing night of the five-month pop-up, the raffle and auction prizes helped to raise £12,664.23 which will go directly to the High Commission’s Relief Aid.0 British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Carlisle Bay Resort, The Inn at English Harbour and Sheer Rocks restaurant all contributed with generous prizes for the auction. Other…

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Economic Tourism 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TO RECEIVE A RECORD BREAKING 900,000 CRUISE PASSENGERS

Following a series of vital meetings with its major cruise line partners last week, Antigua and Barbuda was successful in reassuring its cruise line partners of the readiness of the destination to receive additional calls for the upcoming 2017-2018 winter cruise tourism season. The country’s tourism Minister the Hon Asot A. Michael, after leading a delegation of tourism Ministers and officials from St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda was able to confirm extremely positive news for the destination. Between October and December 31st this year, the destination…

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Business Tourism 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HITS THE ROAD IN GRAND EUROPEAN BLITZ

As Antigua and Barbuda experiences growth in tourism arrivals from key European markets, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s United Kingdom & Europe Office is focused on captalising on the exponential growth by increasing its presence within the market. In a grand European blitz, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, along with some of the destination’s major hotel and airline partners, descended on the major gateway cities of Frankfurt, Rome, Milan and Stockholm from September 25 – September 29 for travel trade events designed to build awareness of the destination…

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Tourism 

ICAO Secretary General stresses priorities for Caribbean reconstruction and tourism sector resilience

In her address to the Directors General of Civil Aviation for the ICAO North and Central America and Caribbean (NACC) Region last week in Washington, D.C., ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu stressed the UN Aviation agency’s appreciation for the tremendous challenges being faced by local governments as they deal with the devastating impacts of the 2017 hurricane season. “No one has escaped these impacts,” she commented.” The role of aviation in assuring rapid assistance has been important to the humanitarian responses undertaken thus far, and you may count on…

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Tourism 

Carnival Cruise Line Brings Relief to Barbuda

A week after cruise passengers and crew of the Carnival ‘Fascination’ received a warm and festive welcome by the Government and the People of Antigua and Barbuda, Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Fascination’ has returned to the port of St. John’s, fulfilling a commitment made to Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael, to bring hurricane relief to Antigua’s sister-island Barbuda, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. With Antigua’s cruise berth’s open, Antigua was added as one of Carnival Fascination’s ports of calls, following itinerary adjustments made by the cruise line…

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Tourism 

Antigua & Barbuda Still the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination

Antigua and Barbuda has been awarded the ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination’ as released by the World Travel Awards.  The destination has now won the award for a third consecutive year in a row. The winners of the World Travel Awards are voted for by tourism professionals around the world, and the award recognizes the commitment and excellence that the organization has shown over the past twelve months. Antigua and Barbuda is considered one of the easiest Caribbean islands to get married in.  With no residency requirement, the destination hosts a…

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Tourism 

Carnival Fascination Welcomed Following Itinerary Adjustment

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, The Hon. Asot Michael has thanked the Carnival Corporation for being the first cruise line to make contact with the destination and offering their support and tangible assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The Tourism Minister offered his gratitude during a courtesy visit with the Captain and Crew of the Carnival Fascination upon their call on Antigua today.  He was joined on his visit by CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James, and CEO…

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Disaster Management Politics Tourism 

Barbuda Tragedy Takes Political Turn with Tourism Minister Blasting Opposition MPs

Minister of Parliament for the constituency of St. Peter in Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Asot Michael on Monday blasted the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) for “deeply wounding the interest of the residents of Barbuda by ignoring the Constitution and illegally passing the Barbuda Land Act of 2007”. During his contribution to the special sitting of Parliament held to ratify the state of emergency on the Sister Isle of Barbuda, the Hon. Minister highlighted the fact that “the Barbuda Land Act of 2007 is completely deceitful and dishonest because…

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Disaster Management Tourism 

Antigua Open for Business Following Passage of Hurricane Irma, Airport Ready by 2:00pm

St. John’s, Antigua, WI (September 6, 2017). Antigua has successfully coped with Hurricane Irma, defying the worst predictions of disaster. There was no loss of life.  The local population and all visitors to the island are safe. Most residential, business and Hotel properties in Antigua remain largely unscathed and already the main roads have been cleared of the debris of fallen trees. The V C Bird International Airport will be open by 2pm (Eastern Standard Time) today to accommodate arriving and departing aircraft and passengers. Visitors are encouraged to contact…

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Tourism 

Forward Bookings for Antigua and Barbuda Dubbed “A Real Success Story”

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s recent marketing campaign within the United Kingdom has contributed to the growth in revenue being reported by UK tour operators despite Brexit. Luxury tour operator, the Inspiring Travel Company (part of the ITC Travel Group, which also owns the Western & Oriental brand) has reported growth in Antigua bookings with the island becoming one of its strongest destinations in the Caribbean.  The revenue for Antigua bookings for 2017 is up 3% year on year, despite a drop in room nights. This shows that the…

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