Not everyone dreads turning 40. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Anguilla's secession from the association of states of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, and island representatives are touting this landmark year with the slogan "40 and Fabulous."
Six miles from
The Honorable Donna Banks, special advisor to tourism for the island of Anguilla, tells Travel Agent that the island's independence came about when "a crowd surged police headquarters" in a "bloodless coup" after centuries of rule by other entities including Great Britain and France.
Banks characterizes the island as "low volume, high value," and asserts that "large-scale developments and cruise ships are not encouraged."
Charming Escapes Collection
On the lodging front, she discusses the island's Charming
Escapes Collection, whose 16 properties have been given a "seal of
approval." The collection is comprised of 16 inns, villas and other
accommodations that, according to Banks, offer "a unique and affordable
way to experience
All of the properties offer 10 percent commission for agents. A spokesperson for the Anguilla Tourist Board told Travel Agent that a travel liaison hasn't been assigned for the properties. For now, agents can call the Anguilla Tourist Board's general number (877-4ANGUILLA) to book or agents can visit www.anguilla-vacation.com.
Another aspect of the island that Banks seemed particularly
proud of is its increasingly high culinary profile. Banks says that the island
is being referred to as the "gourmet capital of the
New Course Draws Golfers
Opened in November, the Greg Norman-designed course at the
Temenos Golf Club is at the island's St. Regis hotel. Golfers are greeted by a
vista of St. Martin and the
Tennis is another sport the island is gearing up for, with a
1,000-seat stadium in the works at the