Marry Me… At Antigua's Airport

with Jovana Arnaut

Ann-Marie Layne, Consul General – Toronto, Antigua & Barbuda; Marie Walker, V.P. Sales & Marketing, North America, Antigua & Barbuda; Tameka Wharton, Sales & Marketing Manager, Consular Agent, Antigua & Barbuda and Matara Richards, daughter of famous West Indian cricketer Viv Richards

Tameka Wharton, Sales & Marketing Manager, Consular Agent and Marie Walker, V.P. Sales & Marketing, North America, Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua is pulling a Las Vegas. The island has announced plans to play up its no residency required law and offer in-and-out weddings for visitors.

“Get off the plane, go right into the Sugar Mill Chapel at the airport and just get married - then fly back home the same day,” said newly appointed V.P. Sales & Marketing, North America, Marie Walker. She says that will be the focus of their major tourism marketing efforts and hopefully won’t result in wedding ceremony overload. Good thing Antigua’s V. C. Bird International Airport is expanding. A new terminal is expected to open this year and will include 25 check-in counters and 20 immigration desks. It will also be fully air conditioned, with shops and a food court, 2 VIP lounges and Wi-Fi.

‘Just Married’ selfie!

The destination also plans to introduce a ship-to-shore wedding excursion that will encourage cruisers to get into the spirit as well. Visitors will receive a wedding map that shows them where to buy a ring, get a custom dress design and book a chapel.

With this express ‘I do’ exchange, Walker’s plan is to lift Antigua & Barbuda’s profile at fast speed and create buzz around the destination. I think this should do it.

Side note: movie star Robert De Niro is planning to open a resort on Barbuda next year. What are the chances that visitors can get him to minister their wedding? Make him an offer he can’t refuse.

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