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US guests lead growth in Antigua & Barbuda visitor numbers

Antigua & Barbuda attracted a record number of visitors in April, with 27,301 guests arriving into the country according to the latest statistics from the ministry of tourism.

Last month saw an increase of 17 per cent in arrivals, with 3,979 more visitors travelling to Antigua compared with April last year.

“A seventeen percent increase in arrivals is remarkable growth, and spells exciting news for Antigua & Barbuda,” said minister of tourism, Charles Fernandez. 

“We hope to carry forward this momentum through the crucial summer months of May-October with the launch of our global summer marketing campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike. 

“This will all help to increase visitor arrivals and revenue to the destination, during this period.”

Antigua & Barbuda’s peak season generally extends well into April, with flagship activities taking place in the destination, such as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week.

During the month of April, the US market lead the way with 11,709 US visitors, arriving into Antigua & Barbuda, recording a 23 per cent increase.

Antigua & Barbuda also saw increased arrivals from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Caribbean source markets, with increases of ten, 33 and 15 per cent respectively.

For the year to date, visitor air arrivals into Antigua & Barbuda are showing an increase of 9,327, or 8.59 per cent, over the same period 2018.

This equates to 117,920 visitors up to April 2019, compared to 108,593 for 2018.

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