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Visitor arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda rocket during first quarter of 2011

  • 23-Jun-11 12:05
  • Antigua
  • Caribbean 360

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has announced that during the first quarter of 2011, the island nation has seen a significant increase in the number of UK tourists taking Antigua holidays when compared to the same period last year.

Visitor arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda rocket during first quarter of 2011

The number of UK tourists who took Antigua holidays during the first three months of 2011 has significantly increased, according to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.

The latest figures from the Statistical Division of Ministry of Tourism revealed that the twin-island nation in the Caribbean attracted 13.74 per cent more travellers from the United Kingdom during the first quarter, compared to the same period in 2010.

January and February received the highest number of visitors taking Antigua holidays, showing that the Caribbean nation continues to be a popular destination for winter sun holidays, as well as a popular venue for families and couples going to enjoy Caribbean weddings and honeymoons.

Director of Tourism for the UK and Europe, Hilary Modeste, said: “We are pleased by the momentum in visitor numbers and would like to thank the many travel agents that sell our destination. We expect to have a rebound year in 2011.”

Airlines that operate direct flights to Seychelles have also reported an increase in the number of passengers taking holidays to Antigua and Barbuda during the first quarter of 2011, making it the largest growth reported in the Caribbean.

Caribbean Product Manager at Hayes and Jarvis, Katie Parsons, said that Antigua has been the best selling Caribbean island for their company over the past 12 months, with a large increase in sales compared to the previous year.

“We have also found that destination weddings have been more popular than ever in Antigua,” she said.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched a summer incentive for tourists planning to go on holidays to Antigua this summer; the Summer Gold Card. The campaign runs between 1st June and 30th September 2011 and is available through travel agents and tour operators. The free gold card enables visitors over the age of 18 to enjoy savings of up to £1,300 including discounts and upgrades at Antigua hotels, scuba diving trips, yacht charters, restaurants, shops and a wide range of tours and excursions across the twin-island nation.

The nation of Antigua and Barbuda lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and is famous for its wide selection of beautiful pristine white sand beaches.

Barbuda is the smaller of the two islands, located north of Antigua and is a popular spot for bird watching at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Codrington Lagoon. The island is less built-up and has a selection of luxury beachfront Caribbean hotels and resorts.

Antigua is the main and larger island and is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons, family Caribbean holidays, and annual sailing regattas.

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