Antigua and Barbuda’s leading properties were recognised by Condé Nast Traveler’s 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards as the top-rated resorts in the Caribbean last year.
The Condé Nast Traveler Annual Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious reader’s nominated awards in the industry. For the 29th Annual Awards more than 300,000 world travelers took part – the most ever to date – leaving over 75,000 comments on more than 20,000 listings, including 7,394 hotels and resorts, 236 islands, and an average survey time of 8.4 minutes to create the list of winning favourites.
The five resorts awarded ‘Top Resorts in the Caribbean’ are: Jumby Bay (Rosewood), Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Carlisle Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua, and Curtain Bluff Resort.
“We are very proud of these five awards for our resorts as it truly signifies that Antigua and Barbuda are providing visitors with the top travel and hospitality experience possible in the Caribbean. It is particularly special for us that these awards are voted on by the people who are visiting, signifying that we are doing something right,” said Colin C. James, CEO, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.”
He noted that the voters declared a passion for the authentic, the personal, the unexpected – all three of which are intrinsic to the twin island nation.
“We continue to invest, improve and raise awareness of Antigua and Barbuda to attract even more visitors and provide them the absolutely best in travel. Hopefully next year, we will have even more properties recognized and awarded as these properties are only a sampling of what we have to offer,” James added.
Recently voted the Caribbean’s “Most Romantic Destination” by the World Travel Awards, for the second consecutive year, the twin-island destination of Antigua and Barbuda has been having a record-breaking year in visitors. People are flocking to the newest hotspot in the Caribbean, with easy access via multiple gateways across the US, Canada, UK & Europe, and Caribbean, a variety of resorts and properties to fit every price point, over 120 dining options and 365 pristine white and pink sand beaches to choose from. Antigua and Barbuda has something for everyone while offering the intimacy and safety of a smaller destination, attracting those who want something new and different for their vacation. To find out more about this twin-island destination visit, visitantiguabarbuda.com, your preferred travel agent or online booking engine today.
Antigua and Barbuda Recognized with Prestigious Award and Assert Dominance at Media Marketplace
The destination of Antigua and Barbuda is continuing its path towards successfully dominating Caribbean Week 2016 by winning an award on June 2, at the Media Awards luncheon and displaying a stunning and engaging presence at the ‘Media Marketplace.’
Caribbean Week is the largest, most engaging regional tourism activity in the greater New York and US market, and typically attracts thousands of participants that results in extensive media coverage of the various events at a local, national, and international audiences that reaches millions.
Now in its 43rd year, the week-long event, organized by the CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organisation) showcases the sights, sounds, colors, culture and unique experiences of the Caribbean. It is a unique platform to interact with Caribbean government and tourism officials, the media, artists, performers, celebrity chefs, investors and stakeholders, particularly in combining business sessions and consumer-oriented events.
The Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon recognises media for positive coverage of the Caribbean and for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.
Held at the New York Marriott Marquis, there are nine categories as well as a “Best in Show”’ winners. Antigua and Barbuda was presented with the “Golden Mic” award that was presented to Valeria D’Elia from New York 1 News for her broadcast feature, “Experiencing Antigua Like a Local.” This is an incredible achievement considering there were over 140 entries for the nine categories of awards, and the first time Antigua and Barbuda has won this award. On-hand to accept the award in Valerie D’Elia’s absence were Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) CEO, Colin C. James and Tourism Consultant Shirlene Nibbs.
In addition to the awards ceremonies, the CTO held the Media Marketplace, a three-hour open forum for media to attend so as to network with the different participating regions, and find out the latest news from them directly. Antigua and Barbuda had the largest presence at the market, hosting a double-booth, designed to attract passersby with colourful, enticing images, banners and branded giveaways as well as former Miss Antigua and Barbuda dressed in Carnival costumes to promote Carnival 60 and the opportunity to experience tasty delights from Antiguan Chefs Melvin Myers and Christopher Terry, and rising star pastry chef, Zinzi Mpande, recent winner of the “U.S. Pastry Chef Champion.” •