Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority made an official visit to the sister isle of Barbuda to meet with Council representatives in charge of tourism affairs.
The team, which was led by Minister of Tourism the Hon. Charles “Max” Fernandez, included Permanent Secretary Walter Christopher, CEO of the ABTA Colin James, Dr. Reginald Murphy as well as senior technicians within the Ministry of Tourism. Ms. Asha Frank and Mr. Kendra Beazer represented the tourism arm of the Barbuda Council.
The officials undertook field visits to various hotel rehabilitation projects and unique attractions; all in an effort to ensure that for the upcoming Tourist Season, Barbuda enjoys a significantly improved profile in tourism marketing and promotion efforts. The team was especially pleased with the work ongoing at the Coco Point Hotel and the Barbuda Belle set to open in time for the 2018 Winter Tourist Season.
One of the findings of the visit was that “Day Tours” to Barbuda have significant potential; therefore the Ministry will continue to provide support to the development of unique attractions that the island has to offer.
According to Minister Fernandez, the trip was of utmost importance as it was essential to view first-hand the progress being made at post-Irma recovery as well as the current state of the island’s tourism product.
Coming out of the visit a collaborative framework was established to ensure that the Tourism Committee of the Barbuda Council is integrated into all marketing activities undertaken by the Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism going forward.
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