Antigua and Barbuda Tourism: What is open, what is closed?
Antigua was impacted minimally and the V.C. Bird International Airport has been open since 7 September.
On the other hand, Barbuda, with its approximately 1,800 residents, was severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island. The prime minister, Gaston Browne said 90 percent of homes were destroyed. Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was also damaged, but with less than 100 hotel rooms the overall effect on tourism as a whole is minimal.
Updates from individual hotels on Antigua are as follows:
- Carlisle Bay: Resort was closed and did not sustain any significant damage. Will reopen as previously planned on 15 October.
- Curtain Bluff: Sustained no damage and is still scheduled to reopen on 28 October as previously planned following a six-month closure for a renovation.
- Cocos Hotel: No long term damage
- Galley Bay: An in-depth assessment of the property will take place on 21 September
- Hermitage Bay: All is well
- Jumby Bay Island: There is no structural damage to any of the resort or homes. Jumby Bay Island is currently closed as part of its annual maintenance programme with reopening on schedule for 9 October, 2017.
- Keyonna Beach Resort: No long term damage.
- Pineapple Beach Club: Scheduled to welcome guests starting 14 September.
- Sandals Grande Antigua: Sustained superficial damage but a complete assessment will take place as soon as possible. Due to the impact of Irma and the timing of the previously announced closure for resort maintenance, the resort will remain closed and will reopen on 20 December.
- St. James Club: Scheduled to welcome guests starting 14 September.
- Verandah: Will reopen as scheduled on 14 October after renovations.