Tourism Arrivals for July 2022 top 2019 records in Antigua and Barbuda

5 planes at VC Bird Airport/file photo

 Antigua and Barbuda’s steady tourism rebound continues for yet another month as, stayover tourism arrivals for July 2022, have topped the July 2019 pre-pandemic record.

The Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism is reporting a growth in arrivals of 7% for the month of July against benchmark year 2019.

During the month, Antigua and Barbuda welcomed 24,673 visitors to the destination, an increase over 2021’s 23,405 and the 2019 record of 23,031.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism The Honourable Charles Fernandez said, “For a second year, we are experiencing a healthy summer season as consumer travel confidence grows and travellers make the decision to take that long-awaited vacation or previously delayed trip.

In July, we say a notable increase in group travel that contributed significantly to our growth, with one group from the US, bringing in approximately five hundred visitors travelling to enjoy our summer events.  We are optimistic that we will maintain this strong position of growth into August.”

An influx of visitors from the United States contributed to the increase with arrivals 30% higher than in July 2019.   13,305 of Antigua and Barbuda’s tourists travelled by air from the United States in July, an additional three thousand plus when compared to July 2019.

Photo Caption: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Arrivals Comparison July 2022 and July 2019  

statistics reported by the Ministry of Tourism, Antigua and Barbuda 


There was also growth within the UK market, with an increase of two hundred and seventy-two British visitors to the destination leading to a 5% increase in tourism arrivals for the month over 2019. Arrivals stood at 5,650 in comparison to the 5,378 in 2019.

Arrivals from Canada grew by 1% while the Caribbean market saw a decline of 19%.

During the summer month, the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association reported occupancies of 63% across a sample of their hotel members.

In July, 9678 of visitors stayed at hotels, while 11, 487 patronized Guest Houses and Apartments/Villas.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is attributing the 7% growth in air arrivals for the month July 2022, when compared to July 2019, to increased airlift, aggressive destination marketing, easy travel protocols, the enthusiasm amongst consumers to return to travel, and their eagerness to once again participate in Antigua’s summer carnival.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said: “Antigua and Barbuda is presently listed amongst the top ten Caribbean destinations leading the Caribbean tourism recovery efforts.

“With good month-on-month growth and our overall tourism arrivals for the year to date only 16% less than the 2019 figures, Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism rebound prospects are looking positive, particularly when we consider global tourism forecasts.

For the Fall, our teams will continue to focus on closing the gap and achieving full recovery”, James said.

Overall, total stayover arrivals for the period January – July 2022 (YTD), stand at 154, 099. This is a 91% increase over the 2021 comparison of 80,509 and a 16% narrowing of the gap of the 2019 January – July totals that stood at 184,465.

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    • oh YES!!

      what they can SEE however is the UPP ABANDONED RATTA CONDOMINIUM that Lenworth Johnson (who JUMPED OFF SINKING UPP SHIP CAPTAINED BY LOVELL) was supposed to have shops, restaurants etc to the benefit of the vendors. What a COLOSSAL UPP FAILURE!!!

      Ratta running up and down, criss-cross, sideways, zigzag and horizontal in the CAN’T PARK. Gonna have to talk to the little boy that UPP discarded for Algernon to go inside and film the UPP RATTA CONDOMINIUM FOR ALL TO SEE!!!!

    • You guys for sure cannot see nor feel anything. You are living in another world. One of doom and gloom. Stay there. We do not want miserable people around. You guys are poisonous. You can infect the rest of the good people.

    • no bawling
      no disrespect like what UPP gave them
      no maligning them with the RAG TAG nastiness


      They are not RAG-RAG jackie quinn

      • What an insult to those who have to have their electricity disconnected because the pension is late.
        Your smug comment is typical of the ABLP.
        Uncaring, insensitive cruel,
        With 2 billion dollars from the CIP the ABLP should never be late,

  1. And in the meantime,

    Jolly Harbour workers can’t get paid
    CASS workers can’t get paid
    LIAT workers can’t get paid
    CLARE Vu workers can’t get paid
    Fiennes workers can’t get paid
    Solid Waste workers can’t get paid
    Small contractors can’t get paid

    No specialist doctors at the hospital.
    Patients are getting bed sores

    No water
    Going to the stand-pipe with large water bottles is the national pass time of Antigua
    AUTOPSIES – Nope! cannot be done because no water.

    People can’t get their money from the banks

    So who is benefitting from this increased growth

  2. I guess it hasn’t filtered down to Social Security yet because Pensioners are still not up to date. I know where my “X” is going.

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