The statistics department within the Ministry of Tourism and Economic Development today released the visitor arrivals report for the first quarter of 2018 encompassing the months of January to March.
According to the report eighty five thousand, two hundred and seventy one (85,271) visitors arrived by air to Antigua and Barbuda, a 7.96% increase from last year. There was also an increase in passenger arrivals by sea amounting to 20.19% compared to the same period in 2017.
The statistics represent clear and precise evidence that Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism product continues to attract thousands to our shores with the highest percentages of visitors travelling to the twin island destination specifically for vacation purposes. The key source markets remain prominent, consisting of the U.S, the U.K and Canada.
There has been a surge in visitor arrivals from the Canadian market with 92.04% of vacationing visitors representing Canada, followed by 88.82% from the UK and 84.61% from the USA.
“I welcome the news of the increases in our arrivals with much anticipation for a successful year overall and I congratulate not only the staff of the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority for the work that they have been doing and continue to do; but all Antiguans and Barbudans who contribute to the delivery of an outstanding tourism product”, said Minister of Tourism the Hon. Charles Fernandez.
He continued that, “these statistics will be used to not only gauge our performance in key markets but to plan ahead for the improvement of our Tourism product as well as the execution of more successful marketing campaigns geared towards attracting visitors from new and emerging markets.”
For a more comprehensive look at the first quarter tourism arrival statistics, contact the Statistics department at the Ministry of Tourism, 468-4047.