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Antigua and Barbuda record impressive growth in tourism figures

Visitor arrivals in Antigua and Barbuda recorded impressive growth from March to November, 2015, and this year looks set to be an even more successful one. The twin-island nation will see the introduction of new walking specialists and tours from Ramblers Worldwide and Exodus, as well as the start of new hotel developments.

Antigua and Barbuda record impressive growth in tourism figures

The tourism industry in Antigua and Barbuda recorded impressive growth in 2015, with twice the number of tourists visiting the nation between March and November, compared to the previous year.

The twin-island nation in the Caribbean recorded a growth of 36 per cent in September 2015, and 27 per cent in October, 2015.

This year, tourism numbers look set to increase even more, with the introduction of Ramblers Worldwide and Exodus, who have introduced new tours that will open up the country's nature and hiking markets to travellers.

"As tourism generates about 60 per cent of our islands' GDP, we are very pleased to see our visitor figures increasing."

Commented Jean Marc Flambert, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing UK and Europe for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. Mr Flambert continued:

"Last year was a big year for Antigua and Barbuda tourism with new hotels, a brand new airport and development of the sports tourism sector."

The development of several new hotels will start this year, including the resort project that has been funded by Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro. The new luxury hotel in Barbuda will operate under the "Paradise Found" brand.

Located in Barbuda, De Niro's hotel project is estimated at around $250 million, and it will involve the renovation and expansion of the K-Club in Barbuda.

Mr Flambert added:

"The key contributing factors to this incredible visitor growth can be put down to our close links with the trade and our ‘accessibility' campaign, which ran in April. This focused on encouraging travel during the summer months, as an alternative to European holidays."

Antigua and Barbuda are located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and the islands are famous for their wide selection of beautiful pristine white sand beaches.

Antigua is the largest of the twin-island nation and it is a hotspot for weddings, honeymoons, and family holidays, thanks to its natural scenery which is typical of the Caribbean: white sand palm-fringed beaches, warm azure ocean waters, and lush forests and landscapes.

Located north of Antigua, Barbuda is the smaller of the two islands, and it 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 hotels and resorts.

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