Antigua and Barbuda: “Unprecedented” Tourism Numbers

american airlines antigua demand peninsulaThe St James's Club and Villas in Antigua.
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Antigua and Barbuda continues to see record-breaking tourism numbers, officials told Caribbean Journal. 

“After a difficult two years, the tourism industry is seeing the pent-up demand for travel, and we’re delighted to say that Antigua and Barbuda is at the top of visitors list,” said Colin C. James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. “We’ve seen unprecedented numbers in arrivals with air arrivals for the past three months.”

The destination’s July-September numbers surpassed air arrivals in the same period in 2019, before the pandemic, which had been the best year for tourism in the history of the country. 

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Curtain Bluff in Antigua.

“We’ve been busy at work for the past two years, adding properties, products and attractions with renovations taking place in many,” James said. 

The CEO was speaking during the recent Caribbean Travel Marketplace conference in Puerto Rico. 

Travel Marketplace provides the vital opportunity to meet face-to-face with stakeholders from around the world selling Caribbean vacation packages and we are confident more visitors from around the world will be choosing Antigua and Barbuda in 2023,” he said. 

James led a delegation that included Patrice Simon, executive director of the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association; Director of Tourism, US, Dean Fenton, and Norrell Joseph, US Sales Officer, along with representatives from Elite Islands Resorts, Blue Waters, Hermitage and Suntours. 

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