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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA IGNITE PASSIONS DURING JUNE

New York, NY (March 1, 2006)—As most people are coming down from the fervent high of the most romantic day of the year, the sister islands of Antigua and Barbuda have announced that it will be Valentine’s Day every day—during the month of June anyway. That’s right, the refreshing trade winds of these beautiful and exotic islands will be spreading romance and igniting passions across the islands with a variety of special events and packages during the entire month of June. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda, most recently named Best Wedding Island at the Caribbean Travel Awards, are quickly becoming one of the world’s top wedding and honeymoon destinations with a 21 percent increase in the number of on-island weddings in 2005 alone.

With this designation in mind, Antigua and Barbuda will now help couples keep the romance alive year-round through a new island wide program identified as “Passion in Paradise” which will offer honeymooners, and anyone else looking for a little bit of passion or paradise, a variety of accommodation and entertainment packages specially designed to elicit those ardent emotions and tender moments. Select hotels will be offering special deals and romance packages that include such items as:
· Free champagne
· Spa treatments 
· In room gifts such as massage oil and fresh flowers
· Romantic private picnics for two on the beach
· Candlelight dinners
· Complimentary/vouchers for activities on island such as a Wadadli Cats Cruise
· Souvenir key rings with their photo

During each of the four weeks of the “Passion in Paradise” program, the islands will feature an exciting calendar of special events customized to give newlyweds a chance to enjoy “paradise” together. The first week of June will be culinary week--giving vacationers a chance to watch some of Antigua and Barbuda’s top chef’s compete in cook-offs with opportunities to sample the exotic flavors of the West Indian delicacies and island specialties. Festivities will include price-fixed menus by participating restaurants, barbecues on the beaches, a lobster fest in Barbuda and a wedding cake design contest. Week two will celebrate the rich cultural heritage flowing through the islands by offering dancing and steel drum instruction amidst the soulful sounds of the Caribbean beats. During the third week, one special couple will experience the magic of the islands as they say, “I do” against a backdrop of turquoise seas, white sand beaches and a breathtaking sunset, all of which will be streamed onto the Romance Registry Web site. And finally, for the thrill-seeking couple, adventure week will highlight a variety of soft adventure activities such as sailing, scuba diving, cruising to Montserrat and witnessing an active volcano, an island-wide treasure hunt and much more. 

And for those looking to find that special someone, Antigua and Barbuda will be hosting renowned graphologist and author of the book, “Finding Mr. Write” who will provide free consultations during the “Passion in Paradise” promotion.

Whether your idea of a romantic vacation is curling up together in a hammock, hiking a trail to a panoramic view, night diving to the depths of the ocean floor, or basking in the sun, Antigua’s romance month is sure to spark the passion that is so often stifled the rest of the year. 

Beginning on March 1, couples may log onto Antigua’s new romance registry at www.antiguaromanceregistry.com to purchase romance packages, products and services. The registry will have packages for every budget and will allow friends and families of the betrothed couples to purchase the perfect wedding gift—airfare, accommodations, water sports, spa treatments and other activities—to ensure the honeymoon is the perfect start to the rest of their lives. 

“We wanted to offer couples looking for a destination wedding, honeymoon, or renewal of vows the perfect romantic destination experience,” explained Derede Samuel-Whitlock, US Director of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda. “The Passion in Paradise promotion will focus on wedding and honeymoon packages and special activities created exclusively around the theme of romance and rejuvenation.”

Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the unspoiled sister islands of Antigua and Barbuda have 365 white and pink sand beaches, translucent turquoise seas and a tropical sun cooled by year-round trade winds. An easygoing island demeanor fused with the natural charm of a countryside rich in culture and history provide an authentic and relaxing island escape. For more information go to www.antigua-barbuda.org.

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Media Contact:
Marie Kephart, YPBR Public Relations
(407) 838-1827
Marie_kephart@ypbr.com

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