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Antigua Hotels Record Highest Occupancy Levels in Three Years

  • 21-May-12 11:52
  • Antigua
  • Caribbean 360

A recent increase in the number of travellers taking Antigua holidays has led to the nation recording the best hotel occupancy levels in the past three years. New data released by the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association has revealed that the Caribbean island nation's average occupancy levels in 2012 reached 63.8 per cent in April this year.

Antigua Hotels Record Highest Occupancy Levels in Three Years

The Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourist Association, Neil Forrester, has released new data showing the best hotel occupancy levels on the Caribbean island of Antigua since 2008.

According to the figures, there has been a recent increase in the number of tourists going on Antigua holidays with hotel occupancies in the island reaching an average of 63.8 per cent during the month of April this year.

In April 2008, the occupancy levels of Antigua hotels reached an average of 72.4 per cent but visitor numbers to the island dropped during the recession between 2008 and 2011.

John Maginley, the Minister of Tourism said that the rise in travellers taking holidays in Antigua and staying in the nation’s hotels and resorts was due to the joint marketing efforts from the Tourism Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourist Association.

Luxury Antigua Hotels
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“Visibility and proper placement in today’s ever competitive global tourism market are the key essential elements in ensuring that rooms are filled year round,” he stated.

The twin-island 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; with enough of them to go to a different one 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 birdwatching 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.

 Antigua holidays
Image by: sabesh, on Flickr

The Caribbean nation was voted the “Sexiest Destination” by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine earlier this year and the islands were voted among the top 10 honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean by BRIDES Magazine in 2011.

During holidays to Antigua, tourists can enjoy a wide choice of activities such as sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, yacht charters, hiking, tours of nature parks, and shopping in local markets and high end boutiques.

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