The 100,000th US visitor to the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda for 2016, arriving on American Airlines flight 978 from New York-JFK to V.C. Bird International Airport, was greeted with flowers and prizes, including a complimentary 3-night stay for two at Antigua´s Pineapple Beach Club Antigua provided by Elite Island Resorts, the company said.
Pineapple Beach Club is an adults-only resort that offers Caribbean-style accommodations amidst 30 acres of lush gardens, two freshwater pools, non-motorized watersports, and seaside restaurants.
All of the passengers on the flight were treated to special music and dancers upon arrival, as well as a gift bag filled with local delicacies and a discount code for island tours to complement their stays.
Tourism arrivals to Antigua from the US have been strong throughout the year, with double-digit growth month over month. According to the latest statistics, at the end of November 2016, arrivals from the US were at an 18.35% increase that is predicted to grow once December figures are released. This growth is particularly significant, as the US remains Antigua and Barbuda´s largest source market for arrivals. Overall visitor arrivals have also increased by 7.42% year over year as of November, with numbers suggesting the year will end with over 250,000 global visitors overall.
Elite Island Resorts represents a portfolio of all-inclusive Caribbean beachfront resorts in Antigua, St. Lucia, Tortola, BVI, the Grenadines, and BoquetÃ©, Panama.