The twin island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda has been named the Caribbean’s “next big tourism hot spot” by notable online tourism publication the Caribbean Journal.
In the article published on Tuesday April 19th, Antigua and Barbuda was said to be surging to the front of the regional tourism market.
The publication went on to say that “the twin-island destination in the Eastern Caribbean has been firing on all cylinders,” crediting our boost in the tourism market to “a wave of large-scale resort development deals [and] a brand-new airport that has already become one of the Caribbean’s best.”
The Caribbean Journal also focused on the country’s “development boom” noting that the nation’s ability to attract high end investors, namely Hollywood legend Robert De Nero; who is planning a hotel on Barbuda, and Replay Resorts; who plan to redevelop the legendary Half Moon Bay, along with the launch of JetBlue’s flights to Antigua from New York’s JFK International, is now beginning to have a significant impact.
Antigua and Barbuda recently reported extremely strong growth in 2016 arrivals with visitor arrivals for the year at 84,566; an overall increase of 13.5 percent over the same period in 2015.
The Tourism Minister Asot Michael indicated that “The renewed focus and direction of the government’s tourism marketing and airlift polices are now reaping huge dividends” and went on to congratulate the entire team within the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Ministry of Tourism for the hard work and dedication which has been crucial in achieving the success that the country is now seeing.