The Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office has reported further increases in UK visitor numbers to the twin island nation.
September, traditionally a low season month in the Caribbean, saw a staggering 18% increase on last year’s UK visitor figures, up from a total number of 4,531 in 2006 to 5,357 in 2007. The September rise represents the seventh consecutive increase in 2007. July and August also recorded increases with July seeing 13% and August, 5%. A 20% rise in June remains the largest monthly increase in 2007 to date.
70,117 people from the UK have visited Antigua and Barbuda over the period January - September 2007 and the UK remains the largest provider of tourism followed by USA and the Caribbean.
Carol Hay, Director of Tourism UK & Europe comments; “We developed an aggressive marketing strategy early in the year, which was targeted at working with our partners to address the down months. This growth is beyond our wildest expectations for September, but none the less, we are pleased that through the work with our partners we were able to meet our goal and increase business. Of course, we can never rest on our laurels, and therefore we are already looking at our programme for 2008 and beyond.”