Hurricane Irma: Antigua stresses that it’s ‘open for business’

Antigua travel services have re-opened with hotels preparing for the winter peak season after the island dodged destruction caused by Hurricane Irma on neighbouring Barbuda.

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority stressed that Antigua was open for business following the worst storm to hit the region in a decade.

“Popular activities in Antigua, from Stingray City to zip-lining adventures to safari land tours to cruises, sea circumnavigation and snorkelling tours are available once again,” the tourism authority said.

“Tour operators have re-opened after Hurricane Irma and are providing visitors with unforgettable experiences.”

Almost 2,000 of the country’s hotel room stock will be available by the end of October for the start of the peak winter season following traditional summer upgrades and renovations throughout resorts.

Some of these resorts include Cocobay, Jumby Bay, Curtain Bluff, Carlisle Bay, Hawksbill by Rex Resorts, Heritage Quay Hotel, St James’s Club, The Inn at English Harbor, and Nonsuch Bay.

The first properties opening following upgrades are Pineapple Beach Club and Blue Waters Resort and Spa on September 14 and 21 respectively.

“Hotels and resorts that are open year-round are happily welcoming and hosting visitors to Antigua,” the tourism authority said.

“Restaurants and bars have re-opened including popular beach establishments such as Beach Limers, Coconut Grove, Sheer Rocks, Turners, Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant, Trappas, Le Bistro, and the over 150 dining options to choose from in Antigua.

“Antigua’s new state-of-the-art VC Bird international airport and cruise ship berths are welcoming passengers from across the US, Canada, UK and Europe, and Caribbean.”

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