The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Press Room is designed to provide travellers and travel journalists with destination content varying from general information, to speciality areas ranging from beaches to nautical activities. The Press Room also allows industry stakeholders the opportunity to stay up-to-date on Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Developments.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA’S INTIMATE AND UNIQUE PROPERTIES SHOWCASED DURING SMALL PROPERTIES ROADSHOW
October 7 2019, (New York, New York) –The unique attributes of Antigua & Barbuda’s small and boutique properties were recently on display in the tristate area, as the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) and the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) embarked upon a roadshow in Northern New Jersey, New York City and Westchester, New York. The team led by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s USA Director of Tourism, Dean Fenton included Executive Director of the ABHTA, Patrice Simon and ABTA’s Sales & Marketing Manager – USA, Norrell Joseph.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TO CELEBRATE WORLD WELLNESS WEEKEND WITH ENERGISING ACTIVITIES
September 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –- Antigua and Barbuda joins in the celebration of World Wellness Weekend (WWW) on September 21 and September 22, 2019, with activities designed to uplift and energise.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MAKES ITS PRESENCE FELT AT EUROPE’S LARGEST CRUISE CONVENTION – SEATRADE HAMBURG
September 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –Antigua and Barbuda tourism officials led by Tourism Minister, The Honourable H. Charles Fernandez and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment Senator Mary-Clare Hurst recently participated in Seatrade Europe held in Hamburg Germany. The destination partnered with a group of Caribbean destinations who combined their efforts to market the region in a joint “Caribbean Village”. This proven strategy was once again successful in effectively allowing the country to efficiently participate in the cruise convention.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA READIES ITSELF FOR THE BUSY FALL/WINTER SEASON
September 5 2019, (Toronto, Canada) –Antigua and Barbuda is getting ready to welcome a host of new visitors this upcoming winter season as some extraordinary new properties open their doors. The development of new rooms and properties in Antigua and Barbuda is a direct result of the rapid growth of the tourism industry. Though construction is ongoing, current accommodation capacity is expected to double with an estimated 2,535 rooms and units by 2021.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA ‘COOL CARD’ UNLOCKS ACCESS TO AMAZING VACATION SAVINGS
September 4 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched a ‘Cool Card’ as a part of their end of summer promotions for the #WhatCoolLooksLike destination marketing campaign which runs until October 31, 2019.
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority launches fresh #COOLISCLEAN Campaign, starring The Antiguan Black Pineapple
September 2 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –This September, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, unveils a fresh, new marketing campaign designed for local audiences called #CoolisClean. The #CoolisClean campaign, which coincides with the Tourism Authority’s global summer marketing campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike, is geared towards ensuring that Antigua and Barbuda remains one of the Caribbean’s most attractive destinations.
Tourism Airline Roadshow results in increased flights from the USA to Antigua and Barbuda
August 19 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –Getting to Antigua and Barbuda will now be that much easier and more affordable. Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, The Hon. Charles Fernandez led a team of tourism executives on an intense week of meetings and negotiations with USA-based airlines to make the case for increased airlift to the destination. The delegation included the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s CEO Colin C. James, US Director of Tourism Dean Fenton and US Sales Manager, Norrell Joseph.
From the Black Pineapple to the Big Apple, Antigua and Barbuda takes over New York
August 15 2019, (New York, NY) –Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, and Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) are spearheading a series of promotions, designed to keep Antigua and Barbuda top of mind for the American traveler this August.
Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge winners to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2020
August 14 2019, (Sag Harbor, NY) –The results are in and the annual Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta was celebrated in style as the race festivities provided entertainment and excitement for the winners and attendees.
Annual Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Sailing Regatta celebrates connection between English Harbour and New York’s Sag Harbor
August 9 2019, (Sag Harbor, NY) –Once again, Antigua and Barbuda brings the excitement to Sag Harbor in the tony Hamptons area of Long Island, NY as the annual ‘Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta’ gears up.
High Performing Travel agents Benefit from Tourism Authority Presentations
July 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s South-East USA team in partnership with Elite Island Resorts last week, hosted high performing travel agents in Orlando and Tampa, Florida for a packed day of promotions, presentations and learning.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s #WHATCOOLLOOKSLIKE Campaign picks up pace in Canada
July 15 2019, (St. John’s, Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s #WhatCooLLooksLike campaign is well on its way and picking up momentum in Canada.
Sales and Marketing Manager for the Canadian Market, Tameka Wharton said, “I am confident that with the additional sales activations brought on by the Global #WhatCoolLooksLike campaign and the renewed engagement of our in- region trade partners to include our most valuable asset within the market – our travel agents and tour operators, that we will see positive returns from the Canadian market.”
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Celebrates Summer Campaign in London with Ice Cream Delivery
July 5 2019, (London, England) –On a scorching summer’s day in London, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority brought a dose of Caribbean cool with an ice cream delivery to the city’s top trade and media spots.
Celebrating the #WhatCoolLooksLike campaign, the leaders of the UK’s trade and media industry were tempted from their desks for a refreshing snack and to learn about the island’s summer messaging.
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA CHEFS TO DISPLAY CULINARY SKILLS AT
CARIBBEAN MANGO CULINARY COMPETITION
July 3 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –Two of Antigua and Barbuda’s Top Chefs, Chef David Browne, and Chef Gregory Williams, will represent Antigua and Barbuda in the Nevis Mango & Food Festival’s (www.nevismangofestival.com) ‘Caribbean Mango Culinary Championships’ slated for July 7 in Nevis.
Antigua and barbuda Tourism Authority welcome visitors for Optimist World Dinghy Championship
July 1 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –With just days to go before the start of the Optimist World Dinghy Championships to be staged in Antigua and Barbuda, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism, the official tourism partners for the 2019 Championships, are excited about the opportunities the prestigious youth sailing event will hold for the destination.
Antigua and barbuda features as the Ultimate Honeymoon Destination on NBC
June 26 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is getting into the hearts and minds of audiences in the US as part of the destination’s ‘June is Romance Month’ promotions, which will see Antigua and Barbuda promoted as the ultimate honeymoon destination on television station NBC.
‘June is Romance Month’ Promotions target Regional Travellers
June 25 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –Romance may be closer than you think! That’s the message the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is sharing within the Caribbean region as they continue ‘June is Romance month’ promotions, within their source markets.
Mills and Boons Romance Publisher Woos Readers with Antigua and Barbuda Stories
June 25 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –- To celebrate love, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has partnered with legendary romance publishers, Mills & Boon, who have produced five short stories about finding love in beautiful Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda launches Honeymoon Registry
June 21 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has unveiled its new honeymoon registry, which is expected to target the growing weddings and honeymoon market. With some of the world’s most romantic and secluded locations, Antigua and Barbuda provides the ultimate setting for dream weddings and honeymoons with all the facilities and expertise available to ensure you that your wedding and/or honeymoon is seamless and stress-free. There is no better place to say ‘I do’ to the one you love than in Antigua and Barbuda, voted the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination for the fourth time in a row by the World Travel Awards.
Freewinds 31st Anniversary Celebrated by Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Officials
June 21 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Charles Fernandez today boarded the Freewinds cruise ship, the largest continuous running cruise ship in the Caribbean, meeting with ship officials to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the vessel’s maiden voyage and 30 years since the Freewinds first called to Antigua.
Tourism Buyers Arrive into Antigua and Barbuda for Showcase Antigua Barbuda 2019
June 18 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –With one day to go before ‘Showcase Antigua and Barbuda’, the destination’s leading travel trade show hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association, tourism officials are making final preparations to wow global travel trade partners, during the two-day ‘Showcase Antigua and Barbuda’ event filled with networking and business meetings.
Antigua Makes Strong Showing at IBTM Americas
June 13 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) is reporting a strong showing at the recently held IBTM Americas at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City. IBTM Americas brings together the who’s who of the events industry to meet over two days of inspiration, networking and education. The Antigua and Barbuda delegation was led by Donyelle Bird-Browne, Tourism & Investment Manager – USA at the ABTA, and she was accompanied by Maria Britto Bettini, Managing Director of South American Ventures.
CTO’S Caribbean Week A Monumental Success for Antigua & Barbuda
June 11 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) concluded a week of highly productive meetings and successful activations at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO’s) Caribbean Week in New York, from June 1 – 7, 2019. The Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Investment, led the Antigua and Barbuda delegation, comprised of ABTA representatives Colin James, CEO; Dean Fenton, US-Director of Tourism; Donyelle Bird-Browne, Tourism & Investment Manager–USA; and Abena Merchant, Coordinator of Online Marketing.
Antigua and Barbuda offers Cool Summer Savings on destination experiences with #WHATCOOLLOOKSLIKE Promotion
June 6 2019, (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s new #WhatCoolLooksLike summer promotion allows travellers to Antigua and Barbuda to benefit from exceptional savings on some of the destination’s top accommodations, excursions, restaurants and attractions, when they visit Antigua and Barbuda this summer.
Play It Out Concert to Beat Plastic Pollution earns Top Scores in Green Leaf Certification
May 31 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –The Play It Out Concert to Beat Plastic Pollution scheduled to be held in Antigua tomorrow has been officially certified as a “4 leaf event” by the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG). The Green Leaf Certification process comes in the form of an official audit where dialog with event promoters are undertaken in order to help realize environmental sustainability targets before, during and after an event.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s Cool Summer Campaign means Savings for Regional Travellers
May 23 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) has amped up regional trade and consumer marketing for the destination’s new summer campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike by taking promotional activities to Trinidad and Guyana this May.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Air Arrivals Show Best Ever Performance for the month of April 2019
May 15 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –Antigua and Barbuda has attracted a record number of visitors for April 2019, with 27,301 visitors arriving into the country during the month. This is according to the latest tourism statistics released from the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism & Investment.
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority partners with Traverse for Second Global Influencer Conference
May 7 2019 (St. John’s Antigua) –The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority has partnered with influencer specialist Traverse for the second year running on the Caribbean’s largest influencer conference. Taking place from 7th – 14th May, this year’s conference will build upon the success of 2018. Antigua will welcome over 30 influencers from the UK, Europe, US, Canada and other areas of the Caribbean for a week of interactive workshops, events and island exploration. The conference will have an overarching theme of everyone’s a teacher with some influencers leading workshops sessions for other attendees.
Antigua and Barbuda Strengthens its Partner Relations for Win-Win Solutions for the upcoming Cruise Season 2019/2020
April 12, 2019 (Miami Beach, Florida) – Antigua & Barbuda’s Tourism Delegation led by the Hon. H. Charles Fernandez held a series of meetings with the country’s critical cruise line partners at Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s largest annual conference held at the newly rebuilt Miami Beach Convention Center.
Antigua and Barbuda Launch New Summer Campaign
March 21, 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has unveiled its new global summer campaign, #WhatCoolLooksLike, which is expected to convey the trendiness of the destination and its appeal as the ideal summer vacation spot for visitors looking for enjoyable experiences.
American Airlines Resumes Service To Antigua Following Temporary Grounding Flights From Miami
March 14, 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and Investment along with the country’s Tourism Authority has announced the resumption of service by American Airlines to and from Miami following the temporary grounding of flights by the US Government of airlines using the 737 Max 8 aircraft.
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Antigua’s Romance, Gastronomy and Wellness Showcased on UK Television
March 13 2019, (LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM) – 2019 has seen Antigua take centre stage on UK terrestrial television with a host of celebrity presenters, reality television stars and much-loved chefs descending on the island for a bounty of broadcast opportunities that shine a light on the island’s most irresistible qualities.
Antigua and Barbuda To Aggressively Grow European Market
MARCH 11, 2019 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials have returned to Antigua and Barbuda having participated in the ITB Travel Trade Show, held from March 6 – March 10, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Ventures to South America
MARCH 4, 2019 (Bogotá, COLOMBIA) – As 2019 tourism arrivals for Antigua and Barbuda show positive growth, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) continues to aggressively explore non-traditional markets for the destination with the goal of growing tourism arrivals and introducing potential new visitors to the destination.
Antigua And Barbuda To Tap Into The Wellness Market
March 4th 2019 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) – Examining the current offerings available to the wellness traveller and discussing ways to increase the destination’s presence within the vastly growing wellness travel and tourism market, will be high on the agenda for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, when they meet with wellness service providers during a Wellness Audit and Forum, scheduled to take place between March 16 – March 27 2019.
Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua voted Best Caribbean Attraction
February 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua and Barbuda, has been voted Best Attraction in the Caribbean. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only continuously working Georgian naval dockyard in the world, topped the category in the annual 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, as voted by USA Today readers.
The 52nd Antigua Sailing Week Woos Non-Sailors With Fantastic Party Line-Up
February 2019 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) – The Antigua Sailing Week (April 27 – May 3 2019 www.sailingweek.com), now in its 52nd year, offers one of the best sailing races in the Caribbean and is a must do on many a sailor’s bucket list.
Antigua and Barbuda Takes Centre Stage on New ITV 1 Show, Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen
21st January 2019, London: British celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott is shining a light on Antigua and Barbuda’s culinary offerings in a new ITV 1 show, set to air on 20th January 2019.
Antigua and Barbuda receives over one million visitors for 2018
January 18, 2019, (St. John’s ANTIGUA) – Antigua and Barbuda welcomed over one million visitors to the destination in 2018, topping 2017 figures and leading Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism the Honourable Charles Fernandez to call 2018, “A record-setting year for Antigua and Barbuda.”
Antigua and Barbuda ready to roll out the red carpet for adventurous Team Antigua Island Girls
St. John’s, Antigua (January 16, 2018) – Antigua and Barbuda, with its strong heritage of yacht racing and moniker as the Sailing Capital of the Caribbean, is always keen for a good nautical adventure. And with history about to be made, the destination is more than ready to roll out the red carpet to welcome adventurous Atlantic rowers “Team Antigua Island Girls”
Take to the High Seas with Marquee Nautical Events in Antigua and Barbuda this Spring
(St. John’s, Antigua) – Known for its 365 beaches, Antigua and Barbuda is a favorite Caribbean destination continually offering up world-class activities from its beautiful coastline and stunning harbors for locals and visitors, alike. With marquee annual events quickly approaching, there will be no shortage of activities this spring under the postcard-worthy Antigua sunshine.
Antigua’s Nelson’s Dockyard receives UNESCO World Heritage Site status
Antigua and Barbuda’s historic Nelson’s Dockyard and nearby archaeological sites has been announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the destination’s first site with this designation and the Caribbean’s newest.
Antigua and Barbuda Launches Beach Bar Trail
The beautiful twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda are famous for their 365 beaches – one for each day of the year. Dotted across these beaches is a host of unique and authentic beach bars where holiday-makers can sample authentic Caribbean food and drink while enjoying the beach life and stunning views by day, and cocktails and music as the sun sets.
Antigua & Barbuda Welcomes New American Airlines Flights for Winter Season
St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, WI (December 19, 2018) – Antigua and Barbuda are celebrating the start of the peak Winter season with increased capacity from Miami International Airport, a key gateway for the popular Caribbean destination.
Windstar Cruises return to Barbuda for the 2018/19 season
ST.JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 26, 2018) – In another first for Barbuda, Antigua’s sister island, has welcomed luxury cruise line Windstar back to Barbuda; the first cruise line to return to the island following Hurricane Irma.
Barbuda Belle hotel reopens for the first time following hurricane Irma
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 6, 2018) – Barbuda Belle, an intimate, luxury boutique hotel on Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda has reopened for the 2018/2019 Winter Season. This is the first time that the award-winning hotel has opened since being damaged during Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Antigua & Barbuda Announces Dates for 6th Annual Showcase Antigua Barbuda
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (October 23, 2018) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association are excited to announce that the 6th Annual Showcase Antigua and Barbuda, will take place on June 19 and June 20 2019.
Impressive Win for Antigua and Barbuda, as the destination retains “Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination” award
September 27, 2018 (ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA) –Antigua and Barbuda, renowned as one of the Caribbean’s leading wedding and honeymoon destinations has won the 2018 World Travel Award for ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination’.
Antigua and Barbuda Embraces Green
In a destination known for 365 of the bluest blues with turquoise seas and azure skies, Antigua and Barbuda is highlighting another side of its gorgeous landscape on the south-west coastline; focusing on its lush green rainforest, rolling hills, environmentally aware hotels, restaurants and activities that surround the area now known as ‘The Green Corridor’.
Fact Sheets & Press Kits
Sites of Interest in Antigua & Barbuda
(Dec 4, 2018) From the capital city of St. John’s, the 108 square miles of Antigua can be easily explored Antigua offers a wealth of activities and attractions for visitors interested in exploring beyond the island’s beautiful beaches.
Weddings and Honeymoons in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a tropical paradise perfectly suited for the ultimate romantic wedding or honeymoon getaway with a tropical climate, 365 white sandy beaches to choose from, luxurious hotels and an array of activities to be enjoyed.
Adventures in Antigua & Barbuda
(Dec 4, 2018) A variety of land and sea activities await the adventure-seeker. In Antigua you can zip through the rainforest on high wires, swim with stingrays, hike, bike, dive, kayak, kite surf, fish and so much more. Water sports abound from sailing, boat cruising, water skiing, deep sea and reef fishing to scuba diving and snorkelling.
Health and Wellness Activities for Vacationers
March 2018 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Known for its year-round balmy weather (79 F) and 365-beaches, Antigua and Barbuda is a favorite Caribbean destination offering premier health and wellness activities for vacationers.
Beaches and Islands in Antigua and Barbuda
Many of Antigua’s famed beaches rest inside the calm, protected waters on the Caribbean Sea. All of the island’s beaches are open to the public.
Antigua Fact Sheet
Antigua (An-tee’ga) located in the North Eastern Caribbean is a 108-square-mile island recognized for its collection of 365 white sandy beaches. The sister island of Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) lies 27 miles north of Antigua with a land area of 62 square miles.
Barbuda Fact Sheet
Barbuda, which lies 27 miles northeast of its sister island Antigua, has a land area of 62-square-miles (or 14 miles by 8 miles in size). A low lying coral island, known for its untouched pink coral and white sand beaches, its highest point is only 125 ft above sea level.
Nelson’s Dockyard Fact Sheet
The only continuously working Georgian dockyard in the world, Nelson’s Dockyard is located in the largest of Antigua’s National Parks and still functions as a dockyard for numerous yachts and ships.
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Il mare. Limpido, cristallino, trasparente, declinato nelle infinite gradazioni del turchese, sempre tiepido e ricco di fondali da esplorare. E le spiagge. 365, una per ogni giorno dell’anno. Antigua è il più classico e ben riuscito cliché dell’isola caraibica. Perfetta per una parentesi invernale.
Hermitage Bay (Italian)
L’avventura di Hermitage Bay ha inizio nel 2000, a Londra, quando un imprenditore originario dell’isola cerca fondi per costruire un piccolo albergo su una splendida spiaggia vergine di Antigua.