Despite the setback from Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine Antigua and Barbuda has recorded a record-breaking 3rd quarter in visitor arrivals.
September is traditionally one of the slowest months in the tourism calendar year and news of this growth in visitor arrivals to the destination beckons an optimistic outlook for the winter tourist season 2022-2023.
Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez told this online newspaper that recent statistics reveal that a total of sixty thousand, two hundred and sixty persons arrived on the island during the period July to September 2022.
He said this is an improvement of 9.2% over the same period in 2019, saying that September 2022 is also one for the record books as well, with the highest number of visitors recorded since 2006.
“We set another record. In September this year, we had 15462 visitors while in 2019 we had 14124. That is something we are well pleased about that. welcome this very positive development at a time when worldwide economic instability has threatened our very fragile industry.
He said the war in Ukraine has resulted in higher fuel and food prices, which in turn translates to higher costs of living inclusive of higher travel fares; and this minimizes disposable income.
“I must congratulate all the hard-working staff of the Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, and all of our partners for keeping Antigua and Barbuda front of mind in the travel industry”, Fernandez.
The tourism minister said he is looking forward to a bumber crowd this season.