The Antigua and Barbuda tourism industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years and the Middle East is fast emerging as one of its leading source markets. Miles of sandy beaches along with azure blue waters have attracted millions of wealthy tourists seeking world-class luxury and extra-ordinary adventures. It is no mystery that Antigua and Barbuda remains a popular destination for ‘A’ list celebrities worldwide.
Situated at the heart of the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda has become one of the world’s leading destinations for luxury vacationers. The islands reputation as one of the safest and most welcoming countries in the Caribbean is one of the reasons for its growing popularity outside of its normal British, American, Canadian and European visitors. These beautiful twin isles, enveloped by 365 white & pink sand beaches, are dotted with more than 120 world class resorts and 70 of the finest restaurants offering exquisite culinary experiences.
Millions of wealthy tourists flock to the tropical paradise as the coastal region plays host to a number of world-renowned events, including Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Carnival, Antigua and Barbuda Independence Festival, among others. Antigua and Barbuda is popularly recognized as the yachting mecca where warm steady winds make for perfect sailing conditions. Some of the world’s most expensive yachts are found docked alongside its pristine waters and stunning coastlines.
The largest English speaking country of the Leeward Islands has long attracted celebrities such as Robert De Niro, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton and many more. The isles are gaining significant recognition in the business of films with a recent commitment of $125 million towards an initial slate of five feature films. Antigua and Barbuda has also recently acclaimed the award for most romantic destination in the Caribbean by World Travel Awards.
An invite-only exposition style conference is set to take place this October at Dubai’s Palazzo Versace hotel to highlight the salient features of the Islands to more than 300 high net worth individuals across the region. With a US$120 million investment secured from the Middle East, the luxury resort, Callaloo Cay, will play the role of platinum sponsor promoting Antigua and Barbuda as the leading destination of choice. The event will be attended by a high profile travel delegation from the twin islands including Prime Minister – Gaston Browne, Ambassador to the UAE -His Excellency Casroy James, Minister of Foreign Affairs – Hon. Charles Fernandez, Economic Envoy and Hollywood Icon- Robert Deniro.
Talks have commenced with major airlines from the Middle East enabling visitors easy access and travel to the stunning shorelines. This coincides with yet another milestone as Antigua and Barbuda gets set to become the first Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to open an embassy in UAE.