Wednesday 14th March, 2018 – Two major European tourism companies have decided to add Antigua and Barbuda as one of their preferred high end destinations, starting in the 2018/2019 season.
The agreement comes following the visit of a high powered European Tourism Delegation to Antigua and Barbuda in January.
After an absence of three years TUI Cruises confirms that it has added St. John’s, Antigua back to its 14 day Caribbean itinerary. With 13 transit calls in the winter season of 2019/20, approximately 38,000 TUI Cruises passengers are expected to visit Antigua on board the Mein Schiff fleet. TUI has indicated that this will result in at least US$1 million in revenue for Antigua, in addition to revenue generated in onshore spending by visitors on tours and onshore purchases.
TUI Cruises was a frequent caller to Antigua between the winter seasons of 2009/2015. Approximately 110,000 TUI Cruises passengers visited Antigua on Mein Schiff 1, Mein Schiff 2 and Mein Schiff 3 during those six winter seasons. After their recent visit TUI executives are of the opinion that TUI passengers can look forward to a great variety of experiences and activities during their vacation cruise experience, not only concerning the offers presented on board of the TUI ships but more so through the great variety and quality of on-island activities in Antigua.
TUI indicated that Antigua has been a great partner in previous seasons and they are looking forward to expanding that partnership in the future, as the destination proceeds with tourist product and seaport expansions.