More Italians Expected With New Charter Flight

Mr. Marco Capitani and Tourism Minister the Hon Charles Fernandez

The Antiguan and Barbudan Tourism Industry stands to benefit tremendously from the arrival of 120 Italian passengers weekly via the Blue Panorama charter flight.

This comes as a result of the commencement of Vera Tour operations in the twin island state, after functioning in the region for the past 25 years.

During a brief inaugural and welcome ceremony held recently at the Sir Vere Cornwall Bird International Airport, Minister of Tourism Charles Fernandez stated that the new Vera Tour Alliance will assure an approximate increase of six thousand (6000) new visitors to the island in 2019, which will in turn bring the destination closer to surpassing current visitor arrival records.

The Star Fish Jolly Beach Resort also stands to benefit from the new arrangement with 75 rooms booked each week to accommodate the visitors.

Mr. Marco Capitani Product Director of Vera Tour noted that the company is “excited and sure that all of the visitors will be satisfied (with the Antiguan and Barbudan product) and that the number of guaranteed visitors will increase over the next year”.

The partnership will see the United Taxi Association charged with the responsibility of being the official transfer agent. The Italian Market continues to be the second largest European Market for Antigua and Barbuda and has shown significant growth since the re-launch of the Blue Panorama charter flight in December 2015.

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