Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda’s successful three-day Showcase Antigua Barbuda hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), concluded on Friday.

Showcase Antigua Barbuda brought together major tour operators from the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates for a chance to network, meet with Antigua and Barbuda’s leading tourism and hospitality businesses, and experience the destination’s offerings.

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During the opening gala at Sandals Grande, Antigua Resort and Spa tourism partners gathered for an evening of socializing and cultural entertainment. 

On June 9, the ABTA, ABHTA and Antigua and Barbuda tourism stakeholders had meetings with a variety of tour operators and buyers from source markets in the USA, UK, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America and the UAE.

Stakeholders left meetings highly optimistic, having received positive feedback on the destination and the product.

The Ministry of Tourism, ABTA and the ABHTA also met with influential media and shared news of the destination’s tourism recovery, protocols and the development of Vision 2032 by the Ministry of Tourism. News on upcoming developments within airlift, cruise, hotels and excursions were also shared with partners.

As Antigua and Barbuda gears up for Antigua’s Carnival, ‘The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival’, taking place from July 27 – August 2, 2022, regional neighbours will get a teaser of the carnival celebrations with The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, and The Ministry of Creative Industries and Innovation’ Taste of Antigua Carnival’ Roadshow, being held throughout a number of the Caribbean islands, ahead of the summer festival.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Creative Industries and Innovation on June 3 and June 4 visited Trinidad to promote Antigua’s Carnival, The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. 

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The Destination Roundtable, a new initiative introduced to Showcase Antigua and Barbuda, brought tourism stakeholders together for an interactive discussion on the future of the tourism sector on Antigua and Barbuda.

Minister of Tourism and Investment, Charles Fernandez presented on Vision 2032, a people-centred vision crafted through investigation of the tourism product and in consultation with tourism stakeholders including industry leaders, tourism operators and the general public.