Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials rang in the New Year at the VC Bird International Airport marking its 300,000th visitor for 2019, a record.
It was a festive afternoon on Dec. 31, as cultural masqueraders, and dancers in colourful costumes, begun celebrating by partying on the band stand and greeting passengers in an extravagant cultural display complete with the sounds of melodious steelpan music.
Below in the airport’s VIP Lounge, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Charles Fernandez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Sen. Mary-Clare Hurst and other airport and tourism officials awaited the announcement that the record-breaking 300,000th visitor mark had been reached.
Laura and Ian Bowen became the 300,000th and the 300,001 visitors when they arrived on a Virgin Atlantic Flight into Antigua from the United Kingdom. As the couple stepped into the Arrivals Hall, tourism team members, and the cultural performers welcomed them.
In the VIP reception held for their arrival, the couple were presented with a free seven-night luxury hotel stay sponsored by Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa along with return flights, a bouquet of tropical flowers and a gift basket filled with Antigua and Barbuda handmade treats and a bottle of the acclaimed 10-year old English Harbour Rum provided by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.
“We have seen incredible year over year growth every month this year so far”, said Fernandez.