Anguilla Celebrates Increased Visitor Arrivals of Over 20% in June of 2013

Top Quote The Ministry of Tourism for the island of Anguilla is celebrating an increase of 20.2% in visitor arrivals during the month of June. The island saw record arrivals for 2nd Quarter of 2013 with 13.8% increase over the same period in 2012. The destination also recently appointed a new chairman to the Anguilla Tourist Board. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 02, 2013 - The Valley, Anguilla - The Ministry of Tourism for the island of Anguilla is celebrating an increase of 20.2% in visitor arrivals during the month of June. The island has been enjoying a stellar year in tourism with total arrivals for the second quarter showing a recorded increase of 13.8% when compared to the same period of 2012.

    "In 2012 we undertook innovative initiatives to stimulate growth in our tourism industry and we are now seeing the results across all categories. In addition to increased arrivals in stopover leisure travelers, we have also seen an uptick in business and excursionist arrivals." said Haydn Hughes, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Sports.

    A total of 83,203 visitor arrivals were reported for the first half of 2013 and with this continued growth trend, Anguilla is predicting a robust winter season. The Ministry of Tourism recently appointed a new Chairman, Oliver MacDonna, to the Anguilla Tourist Board. Mr. MacDonna brings to the position over 20 years of seasoned and insightful industry experience and along with the island's branding, public relations and sales partners, is ensuring Anguilla's Tourism product delivers the premium and enriching experience travelers have come to expect.

    "I am pleased with the heightened performance of our Tourism Industry thus far. However we are not relying on this growth trend to fuel our upcoming winter season," said MacDonna. "Over the coming months, we will be activating a myriad of laser-focused ideation designed by The Britto Agency - our Global Brand Architecture and Public Relations firm. We have also increased trade engagement with our esteemed industry partners. We recognize and appreciate the value of travel advisors and tour operators and are providing sales support through our Sales and Marketing agency Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications. We are confident these efforts will elevate Anguilla beyond our current momentum."

    In addition, The Ministry of Tourism secured increased air service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Anguilla with the introduction of Tradewind Aviation's scheduled non-stop service, four times daily, five times per week, commencing October 31, 2013. This new service extends direct flight offerings on this very important route, which is currently serviced by carriers Cape Air and Anguilla Air Express.

    Anguilla can also be accessed by air from St. Maartin/St. Martin with direct flights on Anguilla Air Service and Trans-Anguilla Airways. Also, Trans-Anguilla recently launched "Island Flight Services" which offers direct flights along the very scenic route between St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Eustatius, and Anguilla allowing travelers to island hop.

    The striking and peerless island of Anguilla offers a culturally enriching Caribbean experience and upholds its coveted footprint as the premier destination amongst discerning travelers. The island flaunts a wide variety of exciting and adventurous activities coupled with the seeping pride and heritage that shapes the warm hospitality that permeates each Anguillan host. Nicknamed "Rainbow City," the Anguilla sky paints the perfect canvas for the most intense rainbows featuring a fascinating mosaic of colors, and is home to over 33 beaches boasting voluptuous swells of blue waters spanning hues of turquoise, navy, marine, aqua, and teal. As the celebrated cuisine capital of the Caribbean, Anguilla boasts more than 120 restaurants ranging in a multitude of culinary offerings.

    Accommodations in Anguilla range from beautifully appointed distinguished properties and visually stunning villas, to quaint bed & breakfast outposts, and award-winning, five-star resorts. The island can be easily accessed by air or sea from the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten, which offers non-stop and direct service from a growing number of North American, South American, and European cities via American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, COPA Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, BVI Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Jet Blue; as well as from San Juan Puerto Rico via Anguilla Air Express, Cape Air and Tradewind Aviation, making Anguilla the perfect, most desired escape in the Caribbean. For more information on travel to Anguilla, visit

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