ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Members of the media were invited to experience Antigua & Barbuda’s tourism product from the perspective of the visitor as the Ministry of Tourism continues its Tourism Week activities.
The events were spearheaded by Communications Officer Samoya Kirby and Product Development Officer Vashti Ramsey of the Ministry of Tourism.
The objective of the Familiarisation Trip was to provide an inside view of tourism related issues.
The day began with a tour of the Ministry of Tourism where its department responsibilities were outlined. Members of the media were then taken on a Historical Harbour Tour beginning at Heritage Quay, proceeding to Rat Island, and Fort James. Media personnel were educated about historical sites on the island, including those in St John’s.
The day continued with another outdoor activity taking place at Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tours where members of OBSERVER Media, ABS Television, ZDK, Caribarena, New Media, and the Antigua Chronicle took part in the zipline challenge.
Tourism week continues today as the Ministry will be showing appreciation at the National Tourism Awards to people within the industry who have demonstrated exemplary customer service. The ceremony will be held at Sandals Grande Mediterranean Resort.
Thursday will mark the launch of the Nation Service Excellence Initiative and on Friday members of the public are invited to take part of the “Be a Tourist for a Day” initiative.
As the week comes to an end, the ministry will be hosting a Sports Day at Yasco Sports Grounds on Saturday and a beach picnic on Sunday.