AIA | May 17, 2023

Anguilla breaking visitor records 

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Tourists frolic in the warm Atlantic waters of the Kandara Villa in Anguilla. (Photo: Facebook @AnguillaOfficial)

The tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla has engineered a full-fledged renaissance, one that has led to an all-time great first quarter of 2023. 

Anguilla welcomed just under 51,000 visitors in the first three months of 2023, a new record for tourist arrivals in the first quarter, the latest tourism numbers have revealed. In addition, there was a significant surge in visitors in March, when almost 30,000 travelers came to the island’s shores. 

This represents a remarkable turnaround for Anguilla, which was forced to implement strict protocols because of its small size and relative lack of healthcare infrastructure. 

For much of the pandemic, the island was one of the most difficult destinations to visit in the Caribbean with ultra-strict travel health protocols. 

Since its full reopening last year, Anguilla has been sizzling, as the island looks to keep up its amazing visitation numbers spurred by the opening of a brand-new Blowing Point Ferry Terminal and the continued success of the island’s new Aurora Anguilla resort. 

Tourists walk along the famed white-sand beaches of the Aurora Anguilla resort. (Photo: Salamander Hotels & Resorts)

The resort is a transformation of the former CuisinArt resort by Best Buy founder, Richard M. Schulze, who sought to reposition the property, as a new kind of luxury hotel for the island and more importantly, convert it into one of the Caribbean’s top golf resorts. 

So far, it appears that Schulze have achieved success on both counts with Aurora helping to lead the way for Anguilla’s tourism revival.


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