NEW YORK, NY (July 23, 2017) – Antigua and Barbuda hosted an evening with the Hampton elite to establish connections with the influencers and celebrities, and raise awareness of Antigua and Barbuda in this lucrative community in New York on July 21st at leading restaurant, The Palm. The event was held to share the dynamic vision of the tourism industry to transform the twin island nation into an economic powerhouse as well as having the guests learn about Antigua and Barbuda, the culture, and various opportunities for investment with the rapid growth. As Sag Harbor is a flagship sailing community, guests learned about the Caribbean’s most exciting regatta, Antigua Sailing Week.

“I am excited to be here this evening building connections, and sharing the positive story of Antigua and Barbuda and why it is your ideal destination to visit and invest in. Today marks the beginning of a relationship we look forward to building and nourishing so as to last for a very long time. I invite you all to travel from Sag Harbor to English Harbour, to discover the history and magic of not only our historical Nelson’s Dockyard and Park and the various properties and restaurants, but the excitement and adrenaline of Antigua Sailing Week,” said the Honorable Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy at the evening. 

The evening featured over 15 guests, from celebrities, such as TV host and legal commentator, Star Jones, to leading media executives, jewelry and fashion designers, actors and leading professionals and investors. Minister Michael was joined by members of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, including CEO, Colin James. 

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Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda comprises 108-square miles. The 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year, are just the beginning of the treasures that await visitors.  Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua, and offers a chance to step back into time by visiting the restored mills. Another unique attraction is Devil’s Bridge, located at the eastern tip of the island in Indian Town National Park, where Atlantic breakers have carved out a natural limestone arch. Antigua boasts a varied tourism calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Island accommodation ranges from luxury, boutique resorts and all-inclusive hotels to smaller more intimate boutique guesthouses and cottages. For information about Antigua & Barbuda visit and follow us on Twitter  Facebook