Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism boom is continuing, thanks to record-breaking numbers from the United States.
The twin-island destination welcomed its 100,000th visitors from the United States in 2016, the first time in record arrivals history for Antigua and Barbuda on Friday.
Arrivals from the U.S grew 18.35 percent year over year through November, according to Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.
Overall, stays over arrivals to the country were up 7.4 percent year over year to the end of November, with a predicted total of more than 250,000 visitors in 2016. This makes the country among the fastest growing destinations in the Caribbean region.
According to Tourism Minister Asot Michel, “Despite trends across the region showing a decrease in visitor arrivals and spend, Antigua and Barbuda is defying the odds and showing significant growth in both, including double digit growth from the US market.
“The country is asserting itself as the new leader in the Caribbean, from new properties, to a growing cruise market, to increased aircraft, and we predict 2017 will be an even stronger year in tourism,” the minister said.
Antigua and Barbuda was named Caribbean Destination of the Year in the 2016 Caribbean Travel Awards.