Tourism officials in Antigua and Barbuda are advising that despite Hurricane Irma’s devastating blow to Barbuda, it is business as usual in Antigua.
“It is important to note that Antigua and Barbuda is a two-island nation, with Antigua hosting 98% of Canadian tourists. The effects of Hurricane Irma on the island of Antigua was minimal. The airport and the hotels are open for business as usual,” said Colin Skerritt, tourism director, Canada, for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.
“The smaller sister island of Barbuda, which hosts only 2% of Canadian tourists, has been greatly affected and the government is currently implementing its disaster recovery plan in full force. Barbuda’s current situation should not deter tourists from travelling to Antigua. As tourism is an important revenue generator for the nation, travel to Antigua will aid in the rebuilding of Barbuda.”