Antigua And Barbuda Celebrates
100,000th US Visitor
Antigua And Barbuda started on the year on a high as they closed out the year of 2016 by celebrating the 100,000th US visitor arrival. The milestone visitor count reached for the first time in recorded arrivals history was Jean Larsen from New York. Larsen was given a grand prize and greeted by the Tourism Minister and island officials.
The Honorable Minster Michael shared his joy saying, “Today is a great day for Antigua and Barbuda as we mark a significant milestone and celebrate the end of a momentous year for our country. Despite trends across the region showing a decrease in visitor arrivals and spend, our twin-isle nation is defying the odds & showing significant growth in both, including double-digit growth from the US market. Antigua and Barbuda is asserting itself as the new leader in the Caribbean, from new properties, to a growing cruise market, to increased airlift, & we predict 2017 will be an even stronger year in tourism.”
The Grand Prize which was given to artist and philanthropist Ms. Jean Larsen who was traveling with her partner, Greg Murphy on American Airlines was a complimentary 3-night stay for two provided by Elite Island Resorts and Pineapple Beach Club Antigua. Ms. Larsen works with a breast cancer survivor charity, Pink Rock. “All of the passengers on the flight were treated to special music and dancers upon arrival, as well as a gift bag filled with local delicacies and a discount code for island tours to complement their stays.”
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