Antigua & Barbuda Welcomes Rise In Tourists; AC, Sunwing Set To Launch Flights "In Coming Months"

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism,
Charles Fernandez.

Antigua and Barbuda tourism officials are showing "cautious optimism" the arrivals trend witnessed over the past few months will continue into the traditionally busy tourism period.  

For AUG, the destination received 4,761 visitors, with 3% of arrivals coming from Canada. Antigua and Barbuda expects to welcome flights with Air Canada and Sunwing "in the next few months."

The destination welcomed 94,810 stayover arrivals from JAN to AUG 2020. Arrivals dipped "drastically" in MAR due to reduced airlift brought on by the pandemic, but monthly visitors have more than doubled since ANU re-opened to international flights in JUN, according to the Antigua and Barbuda tourism board.

“The Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority continue to carefully monitor the Covid-19 landscape within our main source markets," said Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, Charles Fernandez.

“We remain committed to working with the Ministry of Health and the entire Antigua and Barbuda Tourism sector to ensure that as the destination opens up further, we keep those protective measures in place that have been designed to safeguard our residents and those who visit our shores.”

Covid-19 protocols require visitors to provide a negative PCR test and wear face masks when social distancing is not possible.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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