Figures for the 12 months up to June have increased by 9.55%, with arrivals at 162,287 in 2019 over 148,139 in 2018.
“Tourism has been experiencing a boom in Antigua and Barbuda, and [so the islands have] therefore been very attractive for investors,” said Colin James, CEO of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.
“The growth in the industry has been fuelled by a number of new luxury products, including the 294-suite Royalton Antigua Resort & Spa, which opened in May; Hodges Bay Resort & Spa, which debuted in December; and the planned debuts of Hammock Cove by Elite Island Resorts, Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua and Waldorf Astoria.
“The influx of these top luxury all-inclusive brands will help promote the destination,” he added.
Paula Whitehead, Elite Island Resorts’ (CA250) European managing director, said of the group’s new launch: “We felt that there was an appetite for a small, exclusive boutique retreat in Antigua, and Hammock Cove will provide just that. It complements our existing resorts perfectly with world-class amenities that will wow our guests.
“The stunning secluded setting will be ideal for special occasions including honeymoons and retreats, while its gourmet food offering will make it an unforgettable culinary experience.”