The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Press Room is designed to provide travellers and travel journalists with destination content varying from general information, to speciality areas ranging from beaches to nautical activities. The Press Room also allows industry stakeholders the opportunity to stay up-to-date on Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Developments.
HOSPITALITY WORKERS ARE AT THE FRONTLINE OF VACCINATION PROCESS
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA FEATURED ON NEW SERIES THE ‘BIG BODY HOTEL’
RESORTS ON ANTIGUA & BARBUDA OFFER ON-SITE ANTIGEN TESTING FOR UK AND US GUESTS
ENJOY YOUR OWN SPACE THIS VALENTINE’S
Shop and win EC$500 Shopping Spree at Heritage Quay
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY RELEASES NEW DESTINATION VIDEO FOR TRAVELLERS SEEKING A SAFE HARBOUR AND ESCAPE ON THE WATER
Tourism Authority Partners to Develop ‘Explore Antigua’ Mobile App and Tourist Map
St. John’s Antigua(January 13, 2021) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has partnered with #Hashtag Communications on the development of the ‘Explore Antigua’ mobile app.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA RECOGNIZED IN PRESITIGOUS CARIBBEAN JOURNAL’S ‘2021 CARIBBEAN TRAVEL AWARDS’
St. John’s Antigua(December 18, 2020) – As 2020 comes to a close, Antigua and Barbuda is being recognized for the relentless work it has done to ensure the success of the tourism industry and maintain the safety of the destination for both visitors and residents alike. The ‘2021 Caribbean Travel Awards,’ led by the Caribbean Journal, have awarded Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez as ‘Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year,’ and named newest property, Hammock Cove, as ‘Small All-Inclusive of the Year,’ and flagship resort Curtain Bluff as ‘Caribbean All-Inclusive of the Year.’
THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY LAUNCHES BUSINESS ON THE BEACH FOR UK MARKET
(London, December 2020) – The results are in and it is official – Brits are ready to ditch the cold UK weather, and swap their home office for a warm sunny beach.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LORRAINE HEADLEY-RAEBURN WHO ATTAINS THE DOCTORATE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (December 15, 2020) – Dr. Lorraine Headley-Raeburn was awarded the Doctorate in Business Administration in December 2020 from the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies. Her research focused on how companies, particularly those in the hospitality industry, can use customer perspectives and feedback to boost the quality of their services and products, especially given the extensive use of online customer feedback mechanisms such as TripAdvisor and the growing influence of the voice of the customer.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY WINS PLATINUM AWARD FOR ‘YOUR SPACE IN THE SUN’ CAMPAIGN
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (December 14, 2020) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has received a second international marketing award for its ‘Your Space in the Sun’ digital marketing campaign, created as part of the destination marketing body’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
BOOST IN AIRLIFT, AS DEMAND FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA INCREASES
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (December 3, 2020) – Antigua and Barbuda will see a boost in airlift for the winter season as demand for the destination increases amongst travellers seeking to escape the cold weather.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA LAUNCHES ULTIMATE ‘YOUR SPACE IN THE SUN’ SWEEPSTAKES INVITES VISITORS TO ESCAPE TO THE SPACE THEY DESERVE
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDA (29 November, 2020) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is delivering joy to wanderlust travellers during the holiday season, by providing them with the chance to win the escape they deserve in Antigua and Barbuda for 2021.
BELOW DECK TV SEASON 8 STUNS VIEWERS WITH GORGEOUS VISTAS OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDA (17 November, 2020) – It is always exciting to see visuals of Antigua and Barbuda on television. And, this November those with an interest in yachting will have numerous opportunities to see Antigua and Barbuda’s stunning coastal scenery on screen, as the twin-island destination shines as the backdrop for the entire Season 8 of the popular American reality television Bravo show, ‘Below Deck’.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA NAMED LONELY PLANET’S EMERGING SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDA (17 November, 2020) – Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Awards has named the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda 2021’s Emerging Sustainable Destination of the Year.
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority weighs in on the Future of Travel
London (11 November, 2020) – – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is in the midst of London’s World Travel Market. Held annually, WTM is the world’s leading conference for the travel industry. While the event has transitioned to a virtual platform for this year, the three-day conference welcomes exhibitors, buyers, media, and industry professionals for a chance to network and negotiate with members of the tourism community.
“SUN SEA SAFE” BADGE LAUNCHED FOR ANTIGU & BARBUDA TOURISM SECTOR BUSINESSES
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (10 November, 2020) – – The Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), and Antigua Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) has announced the tagline ‘Sun Sea Safe’ for the destination’s Covid-19 certification program. ‘Sun Sea Safe’ will feature prominently on an attractive new badge created by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority for tourism sector businesses that have completed the Health and Safety Programme and inspection by the Central Board of Health and the Ministry of Tourism.
MINISTER OF TOURISM OFFERS WELL-WISHES TO ATLANTIC CHALLENGE DUO, AS ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA’S ADVENTUROUS NAUTICAL PROWESS IS TESTED
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (3 November, 2020) – The rowing adventure of a lifetime for two young nationals of Antigua and Barbuda is about to start, and with a challenge that places Antigua and Barbuda’s nautical prowess on full display, the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority are providing their full support to the Antigua seamen.
ANTIGUA CRUISE PORT JOINS FORMER DISNEY EXECUTIVES TO HOST “INSPIRED CRUISE TOURISM RESTART” WEBINAR
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (7 October, 2020) – Antigua Cruise Port has partnered with Destinations Together, a grassroots tourism support organization, to share a free 90-minute “ Cruise tourism readiness” webinar with the public on Tuesday, October 13 from 10:30am. This comprehensive presentation, entitled “Inspiring the Restart of Cruise Tourism: Antigua & Barbuda Together,” has been developed specifically for businesses and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, will provide thoughtful insights to encourage tourism and travel-related businesses to prepare for the relaunch of the local cruise tourism industry. The webinar will also focus on the contributions that each member of the public makes to the guest experience during their interactions with visitors – no matter how insignificant they may initially appear.
WORK EASILY FROM ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WITH NEW ‘NOMAD DIGITAL RESIDENCE’ PROGRAMME
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (30 September, 2020) – The Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda is providing much needed space for workers throughout the world, with the launch of its Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) Programme, that allows persons to work safely and with ease from the twin-island paradise for as long as two years with the new NDR visa.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM ARRIVALS BEGIN GRADUAL RISE
September 23 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) –As Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Industry stakeholders prepare for peak season, tourism officials are cautiously optimistic that with arrivals steadily increasing each month since the destination’s re-opening, that the moderate upward trend will continue into the traditionally busy tourism period.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA CUISINE HIGHLIGHTED ON WPIX NEWS IN NEW YORK
September 17 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) Antigua and Barbuda’s cuisine and culture were highlighted in the New York Tristate market earlier this month when Antiguan Chef Claude Lewis participated in the WPIX 11 Morning News show. The segment focused on Caribbean cuisine, and Chef Claude Lewis aptly prepared Saltfish fritters, Antroba and Ducana as the traditional breakfast in Antigua and Barbuda. He shared details on preparation of the meal, and his memories of growing up in Antigua and Barbuda. The four-minute segment was aired throughout the Tristate area, offering exposure to millions of viewers of the popular morning program.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA’S ‘SPACE POINTS’ PROGRAMME ALLOWS RESTAURANT DINERS TO SAVE DOLLARS ON MEALS OUT
September 11 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) and the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association are encouraging residents of Antigua and Barbuda to dine-out, with the launch of the ‘Space Points’ Rewards Program.
Antigua and Barbuda ART AND CREATIVITY CONNECTS GLOBAL AGENTS AND TRAVEL MEDIA
September 9 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority partnered with one of Antigua and Barbuda’s leading artists for a night of creativity and passion to inspire agents across the globe. With travel restrictions still in place, last week the Tourism Authority virtually connected with 35 industry professionals in Canada through the inspiring medium of art to bring agents and travel media a flash of colour from the vibrant twin-island nation.
TOURISM INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS MEET VIRTUALLY TO DISCUSS PLANS FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM RE-OPENING
May 8 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – As Tourism Officials prepare for the restarting of tourism activity in Antigua and Barbuda, the Ministry of Tourism is meeting with tourism stakeholders to discuss the development of protocols required to ensure the safety of the Antigua and Barbuda population and future visitors.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MINSTER OF TOURISM HOLDS VIRTUAL TOURISM INDUSTRY BRIEFING TO DISCUSS CORONAVIRUS
March 26 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Charles Fernandez, on Tuesday hosted a virtual industry briefing where he addressed a wide cross-section of tourism industry stakeholders on the latest effects the coronavirus (covid-19) was having on tourism in Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s message from CEO, Mr. Colin James on COVID-19
March 19 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Hello, I am Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and I’d like to take this time to let you know what Antigua and Barbuda is doing to address the coronavirus or covid-19.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA CELEBRATES ‘WENDY’ MOVIE PREMIERE
February 27 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the theatrical release of Wendy, the latest film by Beasts of the Southern Wild award-winning Director Benh Zeitlin that was partially filmed in the twin-island destination. Wendy is an American fantasy drama film, intended to be a re-imagining of J.M Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” that takes place in an exciting and breathtaking new setting. Premiered at Sundance, in this new version, “Wendy and her brothers come from a working family. Raised amongst dinner plates and diner patrons, the children have an itch for the adventurous and slightly mischievous.
SHOWCASE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TARGETS LEADING TOUR OPERATORS
February 17 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Following an incredible year in 2019, and with demand for the destination currently at an all-time high, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association, are inviting leading tour operators from the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean to experience the stunning Caribbean country famed for its 365 beaches, chic hotel properties, and friendly people during the 7th annual Showcase Antigua and Barbuda, taking place from June 10 – June 11, 2020.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA SPREADS LOVE IN MIAMI WITH SPECIAL DESTINATION REPORT
February 17 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda received extensive coverage on Valentine’s Day with the publication of a 16-page comprehensive feature in The Miami Herald. Given the success the twin-islands enjoyed in 2019, this extensive Antigua and Barbuda editorial insert will serve to highlight the destination’s growth in a variety of industries including tourism & investment, education, cruise development, airlift and the economy.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY HOSTS PEAK SEASON ROADSHOWS IN THE UNITED KINDGOM
February 14 2020, (LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s UK office hosted a series of peak season roadshows in the South East of England, accommodating some 250 travel agents from Cambridge, Windsor, Winchester, Bristol, Brighton and Oxford.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ANTIGUA FOR FIRST ROYAL BEACH CLUB
February 13 2020, (Miami) – Royal Caribbean International and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, along with the assistance of the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda, have signed an agreement for the company’s first Royal Beach Club. The agreement marks the start of the planning and development for the Royal Beach Club scheduled to break ground later this year.
LATIN AMERICAN TRAVELLERS ENCOURAGED TO SPEND THEIR VACATION IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
February 13 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority recently concluded participation at the A&A Tours ‘Travel & Cruise Fest’ in Puerto Rico on February 8 and 9, where tourism executives were busy encouraging Latin American travellers to spend their next vacation in Antigua and Barbuda.
Thousands of attendees were present at the annual travel and cruise fair, which is one of the most highly anticipated travel expos in Puerto Rico.
DEMAND FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HIGH AMONGST US TRAVELLERS
February 10 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – ABTA’s US Director of Tourism Dean Fenton has noted that, Antigua and Barbuda is particularly resonating with the US traveller as the US Market continues to grow at a fast pace, having ended 2019, with +17% growth for the year, and forward bookings showing demand for the destination increasing amongst US Travellers into 2020.
STRONG SUPPORT FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AT ROUTES AMERICAS AIRLINE CONFERENCE 2020
February 08 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism officials had a packed agenda, at the recently concluded 13th Routes Americas Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they held four days of intense meetings and negotiations.
FRENCH NATIONAL TRIATHLON CHAMPION RETURNS TO DEFEND AUA ROHRMAN ANTIGUA TITLE
JANUARY 31 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – The reigning French Sprint Triathlon Champion Aurélien Raphaël has confirmed his return to Antigua to defend his title in the AUA Rohrman Triathlon on Saturday March 7th, 2020.
WELLNESS GETAWAY EXPERIENCE BRINGS US TRAVELLERS TO ANTIGUA FOR #FABBODY RETREAT
JANUARY 30 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – In an exciting opportunity to showcase Antigua and Barbuda’s wellness attributes, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has partnered with US based gym ‘Fab Body Factory by Deanna Robinson Fitness’, to welcome fifty women from across the United States to Antigua and Barbuda for the third installment of the annual FabBody Retreat taking place from January 29 – February 2, 2020.
A STRONG START TO 2020 FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
JANUARY 28 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials have wrapped up a series of successful meetings at Caribbean Travel Marketplace, held this year, in Nassau, Bahamas from January 21 – January 23, with travel partners reporting a strong start to 2020 for Antigua and Barbuda, reflected in increased bookings to the destination.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA REACHES 300,000th STAY-OVER VISITOR MILESTONE IN 2019
JANUARY 1 2020, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials began ringing in the New Year early at the V.C. Bird International Airport, as visitors arriving into Antigua and Barbuda on Old Year’s Eve, helped to push Antigua and Barbuda’s total stay-over arrivals in 2019 to the 300,000th milestone.
SUPERMODEL COUPLE AFIYA BENNETT AND LLOYD DICKENSON ON A ROMANTIC HONEYMOON IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
December 19 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda, is the start of ‘happily ever after, for sizzling model couple, “The Face” star Afiya Bennett and Lloyd Dickenson, who are currently honeymooning in the dreamy destination known as the Romance Capital of the Caribbean.
WHAT’S NEW IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA FOR 2020
December 18 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) – With a reputation for 365 picturesque beaches and waters so blue they blow you away, the award-winning twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda, with hot new events, UNESCO World Heritage sites, thrilling excursions, and luxurious hotel openings, is proving to be the coolest location for 2020.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA NAMED ‘CARIBBEAN DESTINATION OF THE YEAR’
December 12 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda has been named the ‘Caribbean Destination of the Year’, during the Caribbean Travel Awards hosted by Caribbean Journal, the world’s largest website covering Caribbean Travel.
#WHATCOOLLOOKSLIKE SUMMER CAMPAIGN WINS BIG AT INDUSTRY MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
December 12 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s (ABTA) award-winning #WhatCoolLooksLike global summer 2019 campaign, has won another award.
This time it’s a MarCom platinum award, for best integrated marketing campaign, the highest accolade conferred by the MarCom Awards. The MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity and hard work of industry professionals.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY AND ELITE ISLAND RESORTS HOST MILLENNIAL TRAVEL FORUM
December 10 2019, (St. John’s) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is proud to announce its partnership with Elite Island Resorts and the travAlliancemedia to host the third Millennial Travel Forum, taking place in Antigua from December 10th to 14th, 2019.
Pictured: ABTA Director of Tourism, Dean Fenton, Anna Wells from Antigua’s Blue Waters Resort & Spa and ABTA CEO, Colin C.James.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA CELEBRATE TOURISM HEROES AT BLACK PINEAPPLE AWARDS
December 6 2019, (New York, Ny) – Antigua and Barbuda celebrated the success of a record-breaking year in Tourism by hosting the inaugural annual Black Pineapple Awards Ceremony in New York on Wednesday, December 4th. The Black Pineapple Awards – eponymous to the Black Pineapple that is only found in Antigua – were created solely to honor the partners, tour operators, resorts, travel agents and media, who have diligently and tirelessly worked to promote Antigua and Barbuda.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA CELEBRATES INAUGURAL SOUTH AMERICA VENTURE LTD. FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA
December 3 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the arrival of an inaugural flight from Colombia to Antigua and Barbuda, which will open up trade and tourism opportunities for the destination.
Signature Antigua Predicts An Increase In Private Jet Traffic For the Season
December 2 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) – Signature Flight Support Antigua is ready to receive private aircraft for the winter season. The fixed based operator (FBO) on Runway 10 at V.C. Bird International Airport has been seeing an increase in traffic earlier than usual for the winter season.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA CELEBRATES SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE WITH LAUNCH OF ‘COME HOME IN DECEMBER’ DIASPORA SWEEPSTAKES
November 20 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) – Following a dynamic year of award-winning marketing campaigns, new events, and hotel openings, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is excited to be celebrating an even greater milestone. By December 2019, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism stayover arrivals would have reached over 300,000. And, with the launch of a new ‘Come home’ sweepstakes, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is inviting the Antiguan and Barbudan diaspora to join in on the celebrations.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY WELCOMES MEGA FAM WITH OVER 100 CANADIAN TRAVEL AGENTS
November 19 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has planned a strong start to the upcoming winter season with a four-day Mega Fam to the destination in partnership with Air Canada Vacations (ACV). Dubbed Sun, Sea & Sand, arriving on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, and returning on Friday, November 22, 2019, the familiarisation trip will expose agents to 11 of the islands’ most beautiful properties.
Ministry of Tourism Launches Tourism Week 2019 under the theme “Creating Benefits for All”!
November 18 2019, (St. John’s) – A week formally designed to prepare for the upcoming winter tourist season was launched today (MON) at the Ministry of Tourism headquarters. Tourism stakeholders inclusive of the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourist Association, Taxi Drivers, Vendors, The Port Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority gathered to be informed about the event slated for December 8th to 14th 2019.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY LAUNCHES NEW APP TO HELP CULTURAL EXPLORERS ON THEIR VISIT TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
November 6 2019, (London, England) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has partnered with Geotourist a multi-award-winning mobile GPS travel technology, to create navigational application content for Antigua and Barbuda that offers visitors the chance to explore the destination independently, while being guided by Antiguan story-tellers, all from their mobile phone.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA Excels at London’s World Travel Market 2019
November 6 2019, (London, United Kingdom) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has just completed a successful week at London’s World Travel Market. Held annually, WTM is the world’s leading conference for the travel industry and takes place in London’s largest exhibition centre. The three-day event welcomes over 50,000 exhibitors, buyers, media, and industry professionals for a chance to network and negotiate with members of the tourism community.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WINS BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN, BEST BROADCAST FEATURE AND BEST CONSUMER FEATURE AT CTO MEDIA AWARDS
November 5 2019, (London, England) – It was an evening of big wins for The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority as the destination took home awards for Best Social Media Campaign, Best Broadcast Feature, and Best Consumer Feature at last evening’s 2019 Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) Media Awards, held during World Travel Market, in the United Kingdom.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA #WHATCOOLOOKSLIKE SUMMER CAMPAIGN CULMINATES WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLENNIAL TRAVELLERS VISITING ANTIGUA
October 28 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –While the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority’s highly engaging #WhatCoolLooksLike summer marketing campaign wraps up on October 31, the tourism marketing office is still enticing audiences to experience Antigua and Barbuda’s cool vibes. This time, through the eyes of five hundred millennials from the United States, who have travelled to Antigua for ‘CDE: Antigua’ hosted by Collin Devon Events.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA’S INTIMATE AND UNIQUE PROPERTIES SHOWCASED DURING SMALL PROPERTIES ROADSHOW
October 7 2019, (New York, New York) –The unique attributes of Antigua & Barbuda’s small and boutique properties were recently on display in the tristate area, as the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) and the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) embarked upon a roadshow in Northern New Jersey, New York City and Westchester, New York. The team led by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s USA Director of Tourism, Dean Fenton included Executive Director of the ABHTA, Patrice Simon and ABTA’s Sales & Marketing Manager – USA, Norrell Joseph.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TO CELEBRATE WORLD WELLNESS WEEKEND WITH ENERGISING ACTIVITIES
September 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –- Antigua and Barbuda joins in the celebration of World Wellness Weekend (WWW) on September 21 and September 22, 2019, with activities designed to uplift and energise.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MAKES ITS PRESENCE FELT AT EUROPE’S LARGEST CRUISE CONVENTION – SEATRADE HAMBURG
September 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –Antigua and Barbuda tourism officials led by Tourism Minister, The Honourable H. Charles Fernandez and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment Senator Mary-Clare Hurst recently participated in Seatrade Europe held in Hamburg Germany. The destination partnered with a group of Caribbean destinations who combined their efforts to market the region in a joint “Caribbean Village”. This proven strategy was once again successful in effectively allowing the country to efficiently participate in the cruise convention.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA READIES ITSELF FOR THE BUSY FALL/WINTER SEASON
September 5 2019, (Toronto, Canada) –Antigua and Barbuda is getting ready to welcome a host of new visitors this upcoming winter season as some extraordinary new properties open their doors. The development of new rooms and properties in Antigua and Barbuda is a direct result of the rapid growth of the tourism industry. Though construction is ongoing, current accommodation capacity is expected to double with an estimated 2,535 rooms and units by 2021.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA ‘COOL CARD’ UNLOCKS ACCESS TO AMAZING VACATION SAVINGS
September 4 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched a ‘Cool Card’ as a part of their end of summer promotions for the #WhatCoolLooksLike destination marketing campaign which runs until October 31, 2019.
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority launches fresh #COOLISCLEAN Campaign, starring The Antiguan Black Pineapple
September 2 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –This September, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, unveils a fresh, new marketing campaign designed for local audiences called #CoolisClean. The #CoolisClean campaign, which coincides with the Tourism Authority’s global summer marketing campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike, is geared towards ensuring that Antigua and Barbuda remains one of the Caribbean’s most attractive destinations.
Tourism Airline Roadshow results in increased flights from the USA to Antigua and Barbuda
August 19 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –Getting to Antigua and Barbuda will now be that much easier and more affordable. Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, The Hon. Charles Fernandez led a team of tourism executives on an intense week of meetings and negotiations with USA-based airlines to make the case for increased airlift to the destination. The delegation included the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s CEO Colin C. James, US Director of Tourism Dean Fenton and US Sales Manager, Norrell Joseph.
From the Black Pineapple to the Big Apple, Antigua and Barbuda takes over New York
August 15 2019, (New York, NY) –Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, and Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) are spearheading a series of promotions, designed to keep Antigua and Barbuda top of mind for the American traveler this August.
Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge winners to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2020
August 14 2019, (Sag Harbor, NY) –The results are in and the annual Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta was celebrated in style as the race festivities provided entertainment and excitement for the winners and attendees.
Annual Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Sailing Regatta celebrates connection between English Harbour and New York’s Sag Harbor
August 9 2019, (Sag Harbor, NY) –Once again, Antigua and Barbuda brings the excitement to Sag Harbor in the tony Hamptons area of Long Island, NY as the annual ‘Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta’ gears up.
High Performing Travel agents Benefit from Tourism Authority Presentations
July 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s South-East USA team in partnership with Elite Island Resorts last week, hosted high performing travel agents in Orlando and Tampa, Florida for a packed day of promotions, presentations and learning.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s #WHATCOOLLOOKSLIKE Campaign picks up pace in Canada
July 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s #WhatCooLLooksLike campaign is well on its way and picking up momentum in Canada.
Sales and Marketing Manager for the Canadian Market, Tameka Wharton said, “I am confident that with the additional sales activations brought on by the Global #WhatCoolLooksLike campaign and the renewed engagement of our in- region trade partners to include our most valuable asset within the market – our travel agents and tour operators, that we will see positive returns from the Canadian market.”
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Celebrates Summer Campaign in London with Ice Cream Delivery
July 5 2019, (London, England) –On a scorching summer’s day in London, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority brought a dose of Caribbean cool with an ice cream delivery to the city’s top trade and media spots.
Celebrating the #WhatCoolLooksLike campaign, the leaders of the UK’s trade and media industry were tempted from their desks for a refreshing snack and to learn about the island’s summer messaging.
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA CHEFS TO DISPLAY CULINARY SKILLS AT CARIBBEAN MANGO CULINARY COMPETITION
July 3 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –Two of Antigua and Barbuda’s Top Chefs, Chef David Browne, and Chef Gregory Williams, will represent Antigua and Barbuda in the Nevis Mango & Food Festival’s (www.nevismangofestival.com) ‘Caribbean Mango Culinary Championships’ slated for July 7 in Nevis.
Antigua and barbuda Tourism Authority welcome visitors for Optimist World Dinghy Championship
July 1 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –With just days to go before the start of the Optimist World Dinghy Championships to be staged in Antigua and Barbuda, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism, the official tourism partners for the 2019 Championships, are excited about the opportunities the prestigious youth sailing event will hold for the destination.
Antigua and Barbuda features as the Ultimate Honeymoon Destination on NBC
June 26 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is getting into the hearts and minds of audiences in the US as part of the destination’s ‘June is Romance Month’ promotions, which will see Antigua and Barbuda promoted as the ultimate honeymoon destination on television station NBC.
‘June is Romance Month’ Promotions target Regional Travellers
June 25 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –Romance may be closer than you think! That’s the message the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is sharing within the Caribbean region as they continue ‘June is Romance month’ promotions, within their source markets.
Mills and Boons Romance Publisher Woos Readers with Antigua and Barbuda Stories
June 25 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –- To celebrate love, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has partnered with legendary romance publishers, Mills & Boon, who have produced five short stories about finding love in beautiful Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda launches Honeymoon Registry
June 21 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has unveiled its new honeymoon registry, which is expected to target the growing weddings and honeymoon market. With some of the world’s most romantic and secluded locations, Antigua and Barbuda provides the ultimate setting for dream weddings and honeymoons with all the facilities and expertise available to ensure you that your wedding and/or honeymoon is seamless and stress-free. There is no better place to say ‘I do’ to the one you love than in Antigua and Barbuda, voted the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination for the fourth time in a row by the World Travel Awards.
Freewinds 31st Anniversary Celebrated by Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Officials
June 21 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Charles Fernandez today boarded the Freewinds cruise ship, the largest continuous running cruise ship in the Caribbean, meeting with ship officials to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the vessel’s maiden voyage and 30 years since the Freewinds first called to Antigua.
Tourism Buyers Arrive into Antigua and Barbuda for Showcase Antigua Barbuda 2019
June 18 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –With one day to go before ‘Showcase Antigua and Barbuda’, the destination’s leading travel trade show hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association, tourism officials are making final preparations to wow global travel trade partners, during the two-day ‘Showcase Antigua and Barbuda’ event filled with networking and business meetings.
Antigua Makes Strong Showing at IBTM Americas
June 13 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) is reporting a strong showing at the recently held IBTM Americas at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City. IBTM Americas brings together the who’s who of the events industry to meet over two days of inspiration, networking and education. The Antigua and Barbuda delegation was led by Donyelle Bird-Browne, Tourism & Investment Manager – USA at the ABTA, and she was accompanied by Maria Britto Bettini, Managing Director of South American Ventures.
CTO’S Caribbean Week A Monumental Success for Antigua & Barbuda
June 11 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) concluded a week of highly productive meetings and successful activations at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO’s) Caribbean Week in New York, from June 1 – 7, 2019. The Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Investment, led the Antigua and Barbuda delegation, comprised of ABTA representatives Colin James, CEO; Dean Fenton, US-Director of Tourism; Donyelle Bird-Browne, Tourism & Investment Manager–USA; and Abena Merchant, Coordinator of Online Marketing.
Antigua and Barbuda offers Cool Summer Savings on destination experiences with #WHATCOOLLOOKSLIKE Promotion
June 6 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s new #WhatCoolLooksLike summer promotion allows travellers to Antigua and Barbuda to benefit from exceptional savings on some of the destination’s top accommodations, excursions, restaurants and attractions, when they visit Antigua and Barbuda this summer.
Play It Out Concert to Beat Plastic Pollution earns Top Scores in Green Leaf Certification
May 31 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –The Play It Out Concert to Beat Plastic Pollution scheduled to be held in Antigua tomorrow has been officially certified as a “4 leaf event” by the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG). The Green Leaf Certification process comes in the form of an official audit where dialog with event promoters are undertaken in order to help realize environmental sustainability targets before, during and after an event.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s Cool Summer Campaign means Savings for Regional Travellers
May 23 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) has amped up regional trade and consumer marketing for the destination’s new summer campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike by taking promotional activities to Trinidad and Guyana this May.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Air Arrivals Show Best Ever Performance for the month of April 2019
May 15 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –Antigua and Barbuda has attracted a record number of visitors for April 2019, with 27,301 visitors arriving into the country during the month. This is according to the latest tourism statistics released from the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism & Investment.
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority partners with Traverse for Second Global Influencer Conference
May 7 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority has partnered with influencer specialist Traverse for the second year running on the Caribbean’s largest influencer conference. Taking place from 7th – 14th May, this year’s conference will build upon the success of 2018. Antigua will welcome over 30 influencers from the UK, Europe, US, Canada and other areas of the Caribbean for a week of interactive workshops, events and island exploration. The conference will have an overarching theme of everyone’s a teacher with some influencers leading workshops sessions for other attendees.
Antigua and Barbuda Strengthens its Partner Relations for Win-Win Solutions for the upcoming Cruise Season 2019/2020
April 12, 2019 (Miami Beach, Florida) – Antigua & Barbuda’s Tourism Delegation led by the Hon. H. Charles Fernandez held a series of meetings with the country’s critical cruise line partners at Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s largest annual conference held at the newly rebuilt Miami Beach Convention Center.
Antigua and Barbuda Launch New Summer Campaign
March 21, 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has unveiled its new global summer campaign, #WhatCoolLooksLike, which is expected to convey the trendiness of the destination and its appeal as the ideal summer vacation spot for visitors looking for enjoyable experiences.
American Airlines Resumes Service To Antigua Following Temporary Grounding Flights From Miami
March 14, 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and Investment along with the country’s Tourism Authority has announced the resumption of service by American Airlines to and from Miami following the temporary grounding of flights by the US Government of airlines using the 737 Max 8 aircraft.
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Antigua’s Romance, Gastronomy and Wellness Showcased on UK Television
March 13 2019, (LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM) – 2019 has seen Antigua take centre stage on UK terrestrial television with a host of celebrity presenters, reality television stars and much-loved chefs descending on the island for a bounty of broadcast opportunities that shine a light on the island’s most irresistible qualities.
Antigua and Barbuda To Aggressively Grow European Market
MARCH 11, 2019 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials have returned to Antigua and Barbuda having participated in the ITB Travel Trade Show, held from March 6 – March 10, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Ventures to South America
MARCH 4, 2019 (Bogotá, COLOMBIA) – As 2019 tourism arrivals for Antigua and Barbuda show positive growth, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) continues to aggressively explore non-traditional markets for the destination with the goal of growing tourism arrivals and introducing potential new visitors to the destination.
Antigua And Barbuda To Tap Into The Wellness Market
March 4th 2019 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) – Examining the current offerings available to the wellness traveller and discussing ways to increase the destination’s presence within the vastly growing wellness travel and tourism market, will be high on the agenda for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, when they meet with wellness service providers during a Wellness Audit and Forum, scheduled to take place between March 16 – March 27 2019.
Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua voted Best Caribbean Attraction
February 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua and Barbuda, has been voted Best Attraction in the Caribbean. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only continuously working Georgian naval dockyard in the world, topped the category in the annual 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, as voted by USA Today readers.
The 52nd Antigua Sailing Week Woos Non-Sailors With Fantastic Party Line-Up
February 2019 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) – The Antigua Sailing Week (April 27 – May 3 2019 www.sailingweek.com), now in its 52nd year, offers one of the best sailing races in the Caribbean and is a must do on many a sailor’s bucket list.
Antigua and Barbuda Takes Centre Stage on New ITV 1 Show, Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen
21st January 2019, London: British celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott is shining a light on Antigua and Barbuda’s culinary offerings in a new ITV 1 show, set to air on 20th January 2019.
Antigua and Barbuda receives over one million visitors for 2018
January 18, 2019, (St. John’s ANTIGUA) – Antigua and Barbuda welcomed over one million visitors to the destination in 2018, topping 2017 figures and leading Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism the Honourable Charles Fernandez to call 2018, “A record-setting year for Antigua and Barbuda.”
Antigua and Barbuda ready to roll out the red carpet for adventurous Team Antigua Island Girls
St. John’s, Antigua (January 16, 2018) – Antigua and Barbuda, with its strong heritage of yacht racing and moniker as the Sailing Capital of the Caribbean, is always keen for a good nautical adventure. And with history about to be made, the destination is more than ready to roll out the red carpet to welcome adventurous Atlantic rowers “Team Antigua Island Girls”
Take to the High Seas with Marquee Nautical Events in Antigua and Barbuda this Spring
(St. John’s, Antigua) – Known for its 365 beaches, Antigua and Barbuda is a favorite Caribbean destination continually offering up world-class activities from its beautiful coastline and stunning harbors for locals and visitors, alike. With marquee annual events quickly approaching, there will be no shortage of activities this spring under the postcard-worthy Antigua sunshine.
Antigua’s Nelson’s Dockyard receives UNESCO World Heritage Site status
Antigua and Barbuda’s historic Nelson’s Dockyard and nearby archaeological sites has been announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the destination’s first site with this designation and the Caribbean’s newest.
Antigua and Barbuda Launches Beach Bar Trail
The beautiful twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda are famous for their 365 beaches – one for each day of the year. Dotted across these beaches is a host of unique and authentic beach bars where holiday-makers can sample authentic Caribbean food and drink while enjoying the beach life and stunning views by day, and cocktails and music as the sun sets.
Antigua & Barbuda Welcomes New American Airlines Flights for Winter Season
St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, WI (December 19, 2018) – Antigua and Barbuda are celebrating the start of the peak Winter season with increased capacity from Miami International Airport, a key gateway for the popular Caribbean destination.
Windstar Cruises return to Barbuda for the 2018/19 season
ST.JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 26, 2018) – In another first for Barbuda, Antigua’s sister island, has welcomed luxury cruise line Windstar back to Barbuda; the first cruise line to return to the island following Hurricane Irma.
Barbuda Belle hotel reopens for the first time following hurricane Irma
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 6, 2018) – Barbuda Belle, an intimate, luxury boutique hotel on Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda has reopened for the 2018/2019 Winter Season. This is the first time that the award-winning hotel has opened since being damaged during Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Antigua & Barbuda Announces Dates for 6th Annual Showcase Antigua Barbuda
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (October 23, 2018) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association are excited to announce that the 6th Annual Showcase Antigua and Barbuda, will take place on June 19 and June 20 2019.
Impressive Win for Antigua and Barbuda, as the destination retains “Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination” award
September 27, 2018 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) –Antigua and Barbuda, renowned as one of the Caribbean’s leading wedding and honeymoon destinations has won the 2018 World Travel Award for ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination’.
Antigua and Barbuda Embraces Green
In a destination known for 365 of the bluest blues with turquoise seas and azure skies, Antigua and Barbuda is highlighting another side of its gorgeous landscape on the south-west coastline; focusing on its lush green rainforest, rolling hills, environmentally aware hotels, restaurants and activities that surround the area now known as ‘The Green Corridor’.
Fact Sheets & Press Kits
Sites of Interest in Antigua & Barbuda
(Dec 4, 2018) From the capital city of St. John’s, the 108 square miles of Antigua can be easily explored Antigua offers a wealth of activities and attractions for visitors interested in exploring beyond the island’s beautiful beaches.
Weddings and Honeymoons in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a tropical paradise perfectly suited for the ultimate romantic wedding or honeymoon getaway with a tropical climate, 365 white sandy beaches to choose from, luxurious hotels and an array of activities to be enjoyed.
Adventures in Antigua & Barbuda
(Dec 4, 2018) A variety of land and sea activities await the adventure-seeker. In Antigua you can zip through the rainforest on high wires, swim with stingrays, hike, bike, dive, kayak, kite surf, fish and so much more. Water sports abound from sailing, boat cruising, water skiing, deep sea and reef fishing to scuba diving and snorkelling.
Health and Wellness Activities for Vacationers
March 2018 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Known for its year-round balmy weather (79 F) and 365-beaches, Antigua and Barbuda is a favorite Caribbean destination offering premier health and wellness activities for vacationers.
Beaches and Islands in Antigua and Barbuda
Many of Antigua’s famed beaches rest inside the calm, protected waters on the Caribbean Sea. All of the island’s beaches are open to the public.
Antigua Fact Sheet
Antigua (An-tee’ga) located in the North Eastern Caribbean is a 108-square-mile island recognized for its collection of 365 white sandy beaches. The sister island of Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) lies 27 miles north of Antigua with a land area of 62 square miles.
Barbuda Fact Sheet
Barbuda, which lies 27 miles northeast of its sister island Antigua, has a land area of 62-square-miles (or 14 miles by 8 miles in size). A low lying coral island, known for its untouched pink coral and white sand beaches, its highest point is only 125 ft above sea level.
Nelson’s Dockyard Fact Sheet
The only continuously working Georgian dockyard in the world, Nelson’s Dockyard is located in the largest of Antigua’s National Parks and still functions as a dockyard for numerous yachts and ships.
Magazines and Brochures
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Il mare. Limpido, cristallino, trasparente, declinato nelle infinite gradazioni del turchese, sempre tiepido e ricco di fondali da esplorare. E le spiagge. 365, una per ogni giorno dell’anno. Antigua è il più classico e ben riuscito cliché dell’isola caraibica. Perfetta per una parentesi invernale.
Hermitage Bay (Italian)
L’avventura di Hermitage Bay ha inizio nel 2000, a Londra, quando un imprenditore originario dell’isola cerca fondi per costruire un piccolo albergo su una splendida spiaggia vergine di Antigua.