Antigua was impacted minimally by Hurricane Irma with the VC Bird International Airport opening on 7th September 2017, and all hotels have re-opened by 13th September 2017. Some hotels were closed for refurbishment and all of these have reported that they are still on schedule to re-open as planned.
On the other hand, Barbuda, with its approximately 1,600 residents, was severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. The Prime Minister, Gaston Browne said 90 per cent 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.