Antigua and Barbuda Experiences Record-Breaking 3rd Quarter in Visitor Arrivals

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Antigua and Barbuda Experiences Record-Breaking 3rd Quarter in Visitor Arrivals.


Antigua and Barbuda has recorded a record-breaking 3rd quarter in visitor arrivals. Recent statistics reveal that a total of sixty thousand, two hundred and sixty (60,260) persons arrived on island during the period July to September 2022.

This is an improvement of 9.2% over the same period in 2019.

Further to this development, September 2022 is also one for the record books as well, with the highest number of visitors recorded since 2006.

Minister of Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Charles Fernandez welcomes the news and credits the hard work of Team Tourism.

“We welcome this very positive development at a time when worldwide economic instability has threatened our very fragile industry.

The war in Ukraine has resulted in higher fuel and food prices, which in turn translates to higher costs of living inclusive of higher travel fares; and this minimizes disposable income.

I must congratulate all the hard-working staff of the Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and all of our partners for keeping Antigua and Barbuda front of mind in the travel industry”, stated Minister Fernandez.

September is traditionally one of the slowest months in the tourism calendar year and news of this growth in visitor arrivals to the destination beckons an optimistic outlook for the winter tourist season 2022-2023.



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  1. Lol those aren’t tourists, they’re potential migrants. The war in Ukraine was referenced but it should also be taken into consideration that people have been displaced, nord stream was destroyed and winter is fast approaching.

    That isn’t tourism, that’s a geopolitical issue.

    • @Emperor – Antigua has pretty stringent citizenship requirements, I understand (least I’m pretty sure I understand). Citizenship by investment is going to cost us most of $200K US.
      Unless something changed or those you speak of are in Antigua via visa, don’t think they’re staying.

      • @Scott
        Isn’t it nice to make fun of the prophets of doom and gloom? Even when the IMF says Antigua has done well coming out of Covid. Not many countries can say that. Especially not in the Caribbean. Except for Guyana. But the preachers of Doom and Gloom will tell you the sky is falling down. They are like Chicken Little.

  2. I left st james club yesterdsy after a two week stay. On one morning I counted 14 other guests for breakfast.
    I used half moon bay from 10 to 3 in the afternoon on 6 days of my stay and on each occasion Avery had more staff in his beach bar than the beech had tourist. Record numbers! I’m not so sure about that.

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