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Tourism: Balancing Antigua & Barbuda’s Unique Ecology

Sun-soaked beaches dotted with palms, a sailing mecca renowned globally and a vibrant Caribbean pulse pumping year-round – little wonder tourism hosts over 60% of Antigua and Barbuda’s economy! Prior to COVID, nearly half a million privileged visitors would land up annually to revel in this twin-island nation’s natural and cultural bounties, spending over $1 billion and employing thousands of locals. From hotels to eateries, tourism permeates life here.

But the pandemic underscored overdependence risks when revenues dried up almost entirely in 2020 without leisure tourists. Now as the islands prepare to party again with borders reopening, stakeholders are working to diversify offerings beyond sea-sand-sun holidays into meetings, events, sports and niche eco-friendly experiences. The government likewise races to build supporting infrastructure encompassing second airports, swankier hotels, training facilities and improved island-wide connectivity.

Diversifying the tourism product to attract different market segments, such as eco-travelers and sports/wellness enthusiasts, can help spread risks. Developing cultural and heritage attractions highlighting the islands’ unique identities could appeal to new visitors.

Upgrading infrastructure with climate resilience and local livelihoods prioritized, such as renewable-powered airports and hotels, supports growth while lowering environmental impacts over the long run.

Incentivizing green practices across hospitality operations, and investments in sustainable energy, water and waste management strengthen the sector’s foundation.

Crafting a strategic marketing strategy to promote Antigua and Barbuda as a premier year-round MICE and niche adventure destination could better distribute tourism spending and jobs throughout the year.

And this time sustainability underpins the masterplan as community partnerships, climate-proofing goals and marketing innovations take centrestage. Attracting the right investments while balancing people, profit and environmental gains requires a fine balance of perspectives where external consultants like us come in handy! Our portfolio brings specialized experience guiding Caribbean and global destinations on crafting tailored roadmaps for tourism done right! Ready to revive responsibly, Antigua and Barbuda?

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