The focus on growing tourism and ensuring that tourism benefits all sectors of the economy and society is shining the light on the “authentic Antigua and Barbuda” experience and a new dimension to the destination.
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority launched “Unique Properties: GEMS of Antigua and Barbuda Guide.” The guide showcases smaller hotels and properties, many of which are owner managed — offering an added value and a more personalised stay.
Represented at the exclusive launch event for the UK travel trade and media, in recent weeks, in London were four of the unique property owners – Lorilyn Walker of Lamblion Holiday Apartments; Roger Lewis of South Coast Horizons; Shirmique Jeffers-Salmon of Connie’s Comfort Suites and Jacqueline Cort-Thomas of The Villas at Sunset Lane. Gulliver Johnson publisher of the guide was also present.
The unique properties were first formed in 2007, however, the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism has taken the initiative to re-brand the collection and produce the guide. The guide aims to promote independent properties to consumers, travel agents and tour operators.
The stand out elements of these “gems” is that visitors will be able to get to know their Antiguan and Barbuda hosts and feel the genuine warmth and hospitality of the islands. The guide allows visitors to choose a property best suited to their requirements, where they can enjoy an authentic intimate home, ranging from the classy and sophisticated to the simple and elegant. The properties also have robust sustainable initiatives in place to ensure an environmentally friendly stay.
Dulcie Looby-Greene, the compliance and accommodations officer at the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Industry, who spearheaded the project said: ”I’m delighted to see the rebranding of the Unique Properties – Gems of Antigua and Barbuda come to fruition. I’ve been involved with these properties from inception and we have provided them with a platform and the tool to put their properties into the forefront of the trade and media.”
The wide range of properties offer incredible added value with local insight from the owners and authentic experiences available.
During the presentation, the property owners shared what distinguished their hotels and highlighted to the trade and media representatives some of the added value elements , which range from cooking classes at Villas at Sunset Lane to exploring mangroves at South Point Horizon, vehicle hire with Lamblion Holiday Apartments and market tours with Connie’s Comfort Suites. •