UNWTO welcomes Antigua and Barbuda as a new member
Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili met with the Permanent Representative of the Caribbean destination for the first time since the country became the 160th member of the World Tourism Organization
The Caribbean destination became UNWTO's newest Member State and the eighth in the Caribbean region when its application was approved by the 24th Session of the General Assembly in December 2021. The Government appointed Dr. Dario Item , Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Spain as its Permanent Representative to the UNWTO, as well as its Head of Permanent Mission to the Organization.
Secretary-General Pololikashvili warmly welcomed Dr. Item and received his credentials at the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid. Given the importance of tourism to the islands, the restart of tourism will bring economic growth and social opportunities. In 2020, Antigua and Barbuda received 125,000 international arrivals and tourism receipts totaled US$349 million.
Now, as a Member State, UNWTO and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will work together to increase the importance of the sector as a pillar of sustainable development, with shared priorities in tourism innovation and education.