The twin island destination of Antigua and Barbuda is set to see more development in the world of tourism with an increase in UK tourist visits of 22% since this time last year, the announcement of a new Minister for Tourism following the recent elections and the completion of the new terminal at the V.C. Bird International Airport by November 2014.
The Hon. Gaston Browne of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party, sworn in as Antigua and Barbuda’s new Prime Minister on 13 June 2014, made the following Cabinet announcements: The Hon. Asot Anthony Michael appointed as the Minister responsible for Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy and The Hon. Robin Yearwood as the Minister of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation.
The announcement comes as visitor figures are released showing UK arrivals to Antigua have increased by 22% since the same period in 2013. It is anticipated further increase will come from November when the building of the brand new V.C. Bird International Airport terminal will be completed. The new terminal is set to treble the number of departure gates with numerous retail stores and restaurants in addition to departure lounge capacities of nearly 1,000 seats.
“The announcement of new Ministers for Tourism and Civil Aviation took place just after Antigua and Barbuda’s inaugural Travel Trade Showcase on the island and both will bring new initiatives into this sector,” stated Cherrie Osborne, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Director for UK and Europe. She continues, “The completion of the new airport terminal this November will further add to our product offering and enhance the visitor experience for many so that we continue to welcome even higher numbers of visitors to the destination.”
Antigua and Barbuda is growing and establishing itself as a regional economic powerhouse. One of the initiatives that will allow the country to reach this goal is the Citizenship by Investment program. Increased airlift is a key part of this success and most be built upon and one that the new minister is working tirelessly to achieve.