Vision Travel specialist Tracy Turberfield took a group of Canadians on a virtual tour of Antigua and Barbuda from the comfort of their living rooms last week.
Turberfield, understanding that her clients can’t wait to book their next trip, created Live-Virtual Vacation Experiences for her clients so that they could feel as if they were on a vacation.
Following months of halted international travel, the virtual tour inspires viewers to pack their bags and begin planning their post-COVID-19 getaway.
“We are grateful to be a part of this experience and bring Canadians on a virtual vacation to Antigua,” said Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, in a release. “This is a wonderful opportunity for viewers to see all that our exquisite island has to offer. We want to be kept top of mind when they are planning their next escape to the sun. We are thrilled that we will be able to welcome them in person soon as Air Canada begins their weekly flights from Toronto to Antigua on November 1st.”
There were two very special guests that joined Turberfield's tour, Jennie and Steve, a couple who were supposed to be celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary in Antigua as this virtual tour took place.
Jennie and Steve weren’t sad – but they are definitely ready to go celebrate in person.
Together with Tameka Wharton and Shamoi Richards with the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority based in Toronto, the Canadian team was joined by Maria Blackman, head of marketing communications joined in from historic Fort James Beach in Antigua.
Guests were able to learn from the experts about local hot spots and the do-not-miss places on the island as the trio answered questions from viewers.
The virtual tour went live from Nelson’s Dockyard, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and showcased the rich history of the English Harbour area and its strategic importance.
Guests were also treated to mixologist, K. George, creating a cocktail called "Paradise" complete with Antigua’s own Black Pineapple and, of course, English Harbour five year rum.
A highlight of the event showcased young students in elementary school in Antigua, instructing future Canadian visitors on the proper island pronunciation of common words.
With beautiful views of the beaches as well as the countryside, the tour made its way to the Villas at Sunset Lane where viewers had the chance to watch a cooking demonstration for Bread Pudding. A ‘pan’-tastic session on the beach near historic Fort James followed while watching the sun set over the island.
Travellers can fly direct to Antigua from Toronto starting Nov. 1 with Air Canada.
“We are ready to welcome Canadians back to Antigua and Barbuda with open arms," said James. “Antigua is stunning from your living room but the only way to truly experience it’s beauty is in-person here on the island.”
You can get tickets to the next virtual visit here: http://bit.ly/VirtualVacationAntigua
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