Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Industry Showing Growth

Travellers disembark at Bridgetown’s Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) from the Boeing 777 on the Barbados-Toronto route with Air Canada, arriving from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ), on December 1, 2014. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

A seven-member team from the Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, and the Antigua and Barbuda Hotel and Tourism Association came to Cabinet to report on their success in promoting Antigua and Barbuda in several markets in the past six months. According to the recent cabinet notes, the Cabinet, at the beginning of the year 2019, secured $1,000,000 for a campaign, at the request of the Minister of Tourism; he gave Cabinet the assurances that the results would be worthy. The reports provided by each of the presenters clearly showed increases in passenger flows, from March to August 2019 over the same period in 2018, from markets in Canada, London, New York, and the Caribbean. The Inland Revenue Department reported $10.8 million to $13.6 million in ABST collections for passenger taxes during the same period. By the end of August 2019 the following markets showed overall increases during the same period in 2018:     The USA: 7.5%; The UK: 16.2%; Canada: 14.5%; Europe: 37%; The Caribbean: 36%. The money was very well-spent, it was determined; the Minister sought to have Cabinet provide the same or a greater quantum of financial resources that will allow the team to start their campaign earlier and to improve even further on the formula which led to their success.

The cabinet has agreed to provide more funding for tourism marketing.

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