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Antigua Tourism Minister Sat Down with Carnival Following Ship Pullout

14/10/2009 12:07

Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister and other senior industry officials met with the principals of Carnival Cruise Lines, following a decision by the company to drop the island from the itinerary of one of its vessels –a move that could result in the country losing out on EC$15 million ($5.6 million) in income every year.


Carnival confirmed that from January 3, 2010, St Maarten will replace Antigua on the Carnival Victory’s seven-day southern Caribbean itinerary. However, the twin-island nation will remain on the Carnival Freedom’s eight-day southern Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.


“This was a decision we had been contemplating for quite some time. We have not modified this southern Caribbean itinerary in the past four years and had a desire to incorporate a new port of call,” the company said in a statement. “At the same time, St Maarten holds very strong appeal from a tourism standpoint and we have made a commitment to St Maarten to support the extensive port and infrastructure development currently underway there.”


A statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism yesterday said Antigua and Barbuda has also made progress and it was therefore unclear why it would lose out to St Maarten.


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