L-R, Colin James, CEO, ABTA; Louise Twinning-Ward, Senior Non-public Sector Specialist, World Financial institution; Hon, Charles ‘Max’ Fernadez, Minister of Tourism and Funding; Alba Coli-Vinent, Analyst for Commerce, Funding Competitiveness World Tourism, World Financial institution

Improve in airlift, cruise calls, and lodging are in place for the season

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, October 12, 2023 / — Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Funding, Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) CEO, Mr. Colin James, and different tourism executives are attending the Caribbean Tourism Organizations (CTO) State of the Tourism Trade Convention (SOTIC) within the Turks and Caicos.

Billed because the Caribbean’s premier discussion board for the presentation and exploration of the most important points impacting the event of the sector within the area, SOTIC gathers regional and worldwide specialists, thought leaders, decision-makers, and influencers to give attention to the subsequent steps wanted to be taken for the area to stay aggressive and develop sustainably.

When addressing the press, Minister Fernandez articulated, “The multitude of developments in Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism choices replicate the substantial investments made in our hospitality sector. These enhancements render our islands an much more attractive haven for vacationers seeking distinctive experiences, luxurious lodging choices, and varied lodging catering to budget-conscious vacationers. Nonetheless, as we broaden, we stay aware of our obligation to domesticate a tourism infrastructure that prioritizes environmental preservation and sustainability.”

In his presentation, the Minister shared data on the rise in airlift from america, the UK, and Canada. “On the identical time, cruise strains stay drawn to Antigua. Improvement continues at our new port terminal to be accomplished in 2025, and Antigua is now recognized for excellence in homeporting,” he continued.

In his remarks, the CEO James shared, “Iconic resorts like Curtain Bluff are refurbished, and there is a rise in rooms at Hawksbill Resort, Tamarind Hills, Verandah Resort, and Jolly Seaside, whereas part one of many new Royalton Stylish will come on stream. There are new developments for 2024, together with Moon Gate Antigua at Half Moon Bay and the development of the luxurious seaside membership, Nikki Seaside. Concurrently, in Barbuda, Nobu Barbuda begins development within the first quarter of 2024 and will probably be added to Barbuda’s room stock”.

James reported that the ABTA can also be selling occasions to draw guests. “There’s the Antigua and Barbuda Wellness Month in January, Antigua and Barbuda Restaurant Week, Might 4 – Might 16, Antigua and Barbuda Artwork Week, November 27 – December 3, together with signature occasions just like the Talisker Whisky Problem, Antigua Basic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Crusing Week, Barbuda Caribana, Antigua Sportfishing, Antigua Carnival” he shared. Minister Fernandez performed a key position in the course of the convention by collaborating within the Aviation panel. His presentation emphasised the importance of inter-island connectivity, underlining, “On this tourism-dependent area, many Caribbean nations have recognized intra-Caribbean journey as one among their prime 5 sources of tourism arrivals, making the success of regional journey important.” He careworn that addressing the area’s challenges successfully requires a mixture of regional cooperation, intergovernmental collaboration, and public-private partnerships.

Conferences have been convened with the Minister, the CEO, Louise Twinning-Ward, Senior Non-public Sector Specialist on the World Financial institution, and Alba Coli-Vincent, Analyst for Commerce, Funding Competitiveness, and World Tourism, on the World Financial institution.

These conferences aimed to help the World Financial institution in accumulating knowledge for an in-depth evaluation of the particular prices and advantages related to tourism within the area. Moreover, the aim was to discover methods during which the World Financial institution might help in creating insurance policies and applications geared toward optimizing some great benefits of tourism for the nation.

The SOTIC convention is themed Make investments. Innovate. Encourage. and closes on October 13.



Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) are positioned within the coronary heart of the Caribbean Sea. Voted the World Journey Awards Caribbean’s Most Romantic Vacation spot, the twin-island paradise presents guests two uniquely distinct experiences, ideally suited temperatures year-round, a wealthy historical past, vibrant tradition, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering delicacies, and 365 beautiful pink and white-sand seashores – one for daily of the yr. The most important of the Leeward Islands, Antigua, includes 108 sq. miles of wealthy historical past and spectacular topography, offering varied fashionable sightseeing alternatives. Nelson’s Dockyard is maybe essentially the most famend landmark, the one remaining instance of a Georgian fort, a listed UNESCO World Heritage web site. Antigua’s tourism occasions calendar contains the distinguished Antigua Crusing Week, Antigua Basic Yacht Regatta, and the annual Antigua Carnival, the Caribbean’s Best Summer time Competition. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the final word movie star hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is only a 15-minute airplane trip away. Barbuda is thought for its untouched 17-mile stretch of pink sand seaside and because the residence of the most important Frigate Chook Sanctuary within the Western Hemisphere.

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