It’s official Antigua and Barbuda have a new Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Harold Lovell. In the lead up to the March General Elections in Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Lovell was the United Progressive Party’s Shadow Minister for Tourism. As a result he brings to the Ministry of Tourism wide-reaching plans for tourism development involving all sectors of the industry, from tour operators and accommodation providers to taxi drivers and airport staff.
Committed to the growth of tourism on the island, Mr. Lovell commented: “My mission is to make Antigua and Barbuda the best brand in the Caribbean, focussing on the key areas of infrastructure and service delivery. This will be achieved in a number of ways, including the creation of a Tourism Transformation Task Force. I aim to increase the island’s accommodation capacity from its current 3,000 rooms to around 6,000, allowing enough scope for tourism growth whilst maintaining the relaxed, uncrowded feel and secluded atmosphere for which the destination is famous”.
Mr. Lovell has already begun visiting many of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Offices overseas and has had meetings with tour operators and airline representatives to discuss initiatives for marketing Antigua and Barbuda.