Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to Spain, Dr. Dario Item, and the embassy’s Advisor, Daniel Yakovlev, were welcomed to the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid recently to strengthen Antigua and Barbuda’s cooperation with the organisation.
Dr. Item has been the country’s Permanent Representative to UNWTO since it became a member in 2021.
Welcoming the delegation, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, commended the leadership of Prime Minister Gaston Browne and congratulated him on his recent re-election.
He also sent his thanks to Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Transport and Investment, Charles Fernandez, for his ongoing support.
In 2021 Antigua and Barbuda welcomed around 170,000 international arrivals and generated revenue within the sector of US$490 million.
The official visit to the UNWTO headquarters took place within the framework of the 2023 FITUR tourism trade fair in Madrid.
FITUR is the global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for incoming and outbound markets in Ibero-America. It is a global reference in the tourist sector including great diversity and talent, enabling areas that are totally specialised to be at this event.