Antigua and Barbuda on September 27 joined other countries around the globe in observing World Tourism Day under the theme “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”.
Minister for Tourism Charles Max Fernandez who described tourism as the life blood of the twin island nation, highlighted some of the other measures officials continue to work at in improving that sector ahead of a full reopening.
“We are getting out. We are doing as much as we can in terms of marketing the destination. We are marketing it in a way to ensure that we can give confidence to the visitors coming in that the island is safe in terms of crime, the pandemic and more.
“We celebrate 365 beaches and at the same time ensure them that we are operating in a very safe manner.” Fernandez added.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization in its message to mark the occasion said the new tourism approach must ensure that all local communities participate in the renewed tourism economy.
Similarly, additional focus must be placed on vulnerable groups, including women, the youth, the disabled and indigenous and marginalized communities, to ensure that they are meaningfully included in the tourism economy.