SOURCE: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

October 31, 2016 07:30 ET

A Celebration of Antigua and Barbuda's 35th Anniversary of Independence

The Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in Toronto holds two cultural events to celebrate the occasion

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 31, 2016) - The Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in Toronto celebrated its 35th Anniversary of Independence with a Reception and Cultural Evening this past Friday, October the 28th at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel. A Service of Praise and Thanksgiving will follow on Sunday, November the 6th at 4:00 p.m. at the Anglican Church of St. Jude (Wexford).

Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island country located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean situated in the middle of the Leeward Islands. On November 1, 1981, the islands became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations. The first prime minister was the Right Honourable Vere Cornwall Bird Sr.

The islands have maximized travel opportunities within the Canadian market through strong partnerships with Air Canada, WestJet Vacations and tour operators, and have opened a newly designed state-of-the-art airport with frequent flights to Canada as a cost-effective strategy to bring a positive experience to the Canadian traveller tied in with the development of new and charming properties that cater to family-friendly budgets. The Canadian market is currently the third largest source of visitors to the islands.

"Antiguan and Barbudians living in Canada welcome our families, friends and business partners to commemorate this, our 35th Anniversary of Independence. Our beaches, our people and our rich and colourful history continue to motivate Canadian visitors to fall in love with our beautiful twin island nation. We look forward to observing this proud occasion with the local community." Colin Skerritt, Tourism Director -- Canada for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.

ABOUT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

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 www.visitantiguabarbuda.com or www.antiguabarbudabuzz.com and follow us on Twitter. http://twitter.com/antiguabarbuda Facebook www.facebook.com/antiguabarbuda; Instagram: www.instagram.com/AntiguaandBarbuda

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