Tourism officials in the twin island state are celebrating what they say is a major achievement.
That’s because Antigua and Barbuda was selected by world traveler Romaine Welds, as the final destination of his quest to visit 195 countries in the world.
Romaine-thirty-seven-arrived at the V.C Bird International Airport on September 18th accompanied by friends and family to mark the momentous occasion.
He was welcomed by The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority and The Jamaican Consulate in Antigua.
Romaine who is Jamaican-born and migrated to the United States of America in 2007, is the first Jamaican, and possibly the first person in the Caribbean to achieve this goal.
“I thought it would be great to complete this journey close to home where it all started. I settled mostly on Antigua because it seems like a mini-hub in the Caribbean with lots of flight connections. As I wanted my friends and family to get flights easily to join me on this final journey, and also for the beautiful beaches – the choice fell on Antigua & Barbuda.” Romaine said.
Romaine’s travel adventures began when he decided to visit bucket-list places he would see on National Geographic.
From there he moved on to the ‘7 Wonders of the World’, then the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries, and the list kept growing. In 2016 when he reached his then goal of visiting 100 countries by the age of 30, he decided to take on the world!
“As a student in Jamaica, I used to love geography. It was my favorite subject, but never in a million years did I imagine that I would end up visiting every country in the world. It has been a life-changing experience. I’ve learned so much while traveling and meeting other inspiring globetrotters around the world and now finally, I have made it to the finish line, visiting 195 countries while working full time,” he added.
Romaine will spend a week in Antigua, exploring the destination with friends.
Meanwhile Marketing Communications Manager for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Maria Blackman said she was thrilled to be sharing in this celebration with Romaine.
“How amazing is it to be able to travel and experience the wonders and cultures of the world? We invite you to explore our twin-island paradise and immerse yourself in our culture. We also look forward to welcoming all future world explorers” Blackman said.
And Honourary Consul for Jamaica in Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Onika Campbell proudly said, it is warming to welcome “my fellow Jamaican and his team to Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda is home to many Jamaican nationals who for decades continue to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the people,”.
She said his decision to complete his visit to Antigua and Barbuda speaks volumes of the historic, established, and continuous bilateral relationship between Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica.
Romaine Welds currently lives in San Francisco, California where he works for a major American airline company as a ground agent which assists him in his travel pursuits. His next goal is to visit festivals and tribes around the world.