After a two-year hiatus the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authorities (ABTA) and Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) welcomed back ‘Showcase Antigua Barbuda’. Showcase Antigua Barbuda is a premier travel trade business to business event which was hosted from June 8 to June 10. This event lured many major tour operators from the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates.
Showcase began with the Destination Round Table which was a new initiative introduction to Showcase Antigua and Barbuda held at the Sir John E. St. Luce Finance and Conference Centre. The Destination Round Table brought tourism stakeholders together discussing the future of Tourism with Antigua and Barbuda. The Minister of Tourism International Transport and Maritime Initiatives of Dominica the Hon. Denise Charles was the featured speaker at this event. The welcoming gala was co hosted with Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa. It was an evening filled with lots of Cultural aspects.
On June 9, Tourism stakeholders had meetings with a variety of tour operators and buyers from the various source markets. These meetings left stakeholders very optimistic and produced positive feedbacks on the destination and what Antigua and Barbuda has to offer.
Wrapping up the three day event with a day entitled Antigua and Barbuda day, tour operators got to sample what Antigua and Barbuda has to offer through culinary, romance and culture, wellness, yachting and sailing and Barbuda experiences .Showcase Antigua and Barbuda commenced with a closing party held at prickly pear Island, hosted by Hodges Bay Club .This event gave the tour operators and tourism stakeholders a finally opportunity to mix and mingle with each other while being entertained by the fire dancer before they departure back home .