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Antigua's tourism turnaround with increase of hotel bookings and new British Airways flights

New data released by the Antigua Hotels and Tourism Association has revealed that hotel bookings on the island reached a five-year high during the month of January. The number of visitors who stayed at Antigua hotels increased by 5.4 per cent compared to the same month in 2013. British Airways has also announced the addition of new flights to the Caribbean twin-island nation from October this year.

Antigua's tourism turnaround with increase of hotel bookings and new British Airways flights

Tourism in Antigua is on the up as new data released by the Antigua Hotels and Tourism Association reveals an increase in hotel bookings last month.

The number of visitors that stayed in Antigua hotel in January, 2014 reached a five-year high with a 5.4 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2013.

Tourism Minister, John Maginley, stated:

"I am incredibly encouraged by the fact that hotel bookings in January 2014 reached a five year high. The last time we were at these level of arrivals was before the global economic crisis."

Many new hotel developments are planned for the Caribbean island including the Beaches project that was announced at the end of 2013 by Sandals Resorts International.

British Airways has also announced the addition of new flights to Antigua this winter to keep up with the growing demand.

The additional flights to the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda will commence on 26th October, 2014 and will provide a 10 per cent increase in seating capacity, with seven weekly non-stop flights to the island.

Mr Maginley also added:

"This is excellent news coming out of the UK market as Antigua and Barbuda continues to regain its market share out of Britain. Since 2008, we have worked hard at trying to turn around the UK market and this year we are noticing a definite up-swing in the potential bookings out of the UK."

The islands of Antigua and Barbuda sit between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and are famous for their wide selection of beautiful pristine white sand beaches; one for every day of the year.

The islands boast natural scenery that is typical of the Caribbean including white and pink sandy, palm-fringed beaches; warm turquoise ocean waters; and lush forests and green landscapes.

Barbuda is the smaller of the two islands and holidaymakers can enjoy bird watching at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Codrington Lagoon. The island is less built-up than Antigua and has a selection of luxury beachfront Caribbean hotels and resorts.

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

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