With many countries looking to attract GCC tourists due to factors such as their large groups, longer stays and high levels of spending, Antigua and Barbuda is a country that is setting the right platform.
GCC tourist numbers are set to climb next year with new five-star hotels opening. The islands are undergoing rapid development and tourists from the GCC region are expected to consider Antigua and Barbuda as an attractive destination.
The twin islands, with 365 sandy beaches to choose from and sparkling clear warm water, is reporting significant growth in tourists so far in 2018, with a more than seven per cent increase compared to the first half of 2017.
Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism and Investment, Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, said: “We are looking forward to more tourists from the GCC region visiting the islands. Brands such as Rosewood, Waldorf Astoria, Best Western Premier and Marriott, have recently invested in high-end luxury accommodation on the islands.”
Mr. Fernandez added: “We are excited by this positive momentum in growth of arrivals, both by cruise and air. It is incredibly encouraging for the tourism industry, and I would like to congratulate the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, the private sector, stakeholders and all our tourism partners on helping us reach these positive results for the first six months of the year.
“We will not rest on our laurels and are striving for better. We will continue to invest in infrastructure and service and raise awareness of Antigua and Barbuda, to ensure we see consistent growth in tourist flow.”
Also, Barbados-based company, Elegant Hotels, is spearheading a new Hodges Bay project. The five-star Hodges Bay is set to open in the autumn.