Travel Agent Appreciation

A Picture-Perfect Night For Antigua & Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) held a fun, virtual paint event with Antiguan Artist, Glenroy Aaron. In collaboration with Cocos and Keyonna Hotels, the virtual event was held on the deck of Cocos overlooking the white sand of Jolly Beach.

The ABTA commissioned accomplished Antiguan artist Glenroy Aaron to guide travel professionals and media friends through the process of artistic expression using a Caribbean beach scene as inspiration for an evening of community.  Aaron made painting look easy while instructing attendees on what to do first.  With short brush strokes, a blank canvas quickly transformed to a beautiful work of art.

While Glenroy created, Tameka Wharton, senior sales and marketing manager for the ABTA in Canada, highlighted what Antigua & Barbuda has to offer to the Canadian traveller.

Said Wharton: “After months of confinement, Canadian travellers are looking for a well-deserved break and there is no better place than Antigua and Barbuda.”

She pointed out that: “With 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, our boutique properties and exceptional attractions, Antigua and Barbuda is the perfect place to escape, broaden your horizons and enjoy all the space you need.”

Interspersed with short videos of Cocos and Keyonna, the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority showed a welcome back video featuring Antigua’s Minister of Tourism & Investment, the Hon. Charles “Max” Fernandez who explained the protocols visitors must follow and why Antigua & Barbuda’s reopening has been so successful to American tourists.

Said the minister: “The health and safety of our residents and our guests will always be our top priority. Despite the severe economic strain on our economy resulting from the closure of our tourism industry, we waited until we were in a position to reassure both our citizens and our prospective guests that every precaution is being taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday experience.  The travel safety protocols have been developed under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, with the full support and cooperation of our stakeholders.”

Attendees were reminded of Antigua’s “Your Space in the Sun” Campaign which launched last month and focuses on our desires to social distance even while on vacation.  Antigua and Barbuda will highlight that there is “space,” not the least of which is the ability to visit and enjoy any of the 365 beaches where you might not even see another soul.  Each execution will highlight an experience which reflects one of the destination’s pillars:  romance, wellness, heritage and yachting – inspiring travellers to see themselves in Antigua & Barbuda.

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