Anguilla Trailblazer Award Recipients Honored in New York City

New York, NY, May 11, 2022:  A government delegation from Anguilla, led by Mrs. Quincia Gumbs-Marie, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, visited New York from May 2 – 6 to share the good news on the island’s spectacular tourism recovery.  Mr. Kenroy Herbert, Chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) and Mrs. Stacey Liburd, Anguilla’s Director of Tourism, joined Mrs. Gumbs-Marie as she met with leading trade partners and media representatives over the course of the trip.

The highlight of the visit was a Black-Tie Dinner Reception to announce and honor the recipients of the first Anguilla Trailblazer Awards, given in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the island’s tourism industry.  The Awardees were Mrs. Amelia Vanterpool-Kubisch, who served as Director of Tourism from 1992 – 2008; Mr. Bill Fischer, Founder and CEO of Fischer Travel; and Ms. Jacqueline Gifford, Editor-in-Chief of Travel+Leisure magazine.


“The work of these three individuals exemplifies the special relationships inspired by Anguilla,” stated Mrs. Gumbs-Marie. In addressing the trade partners present she continued, “This event is an expression of our gratitude for the support you have given us over the years, and for staying the course through uncertain times. 

Every time you entrust your clients to our care, you take a leap of faith. We honor that trust. It is our responsibility to convert first-time clients into loyal repeats, and to turn repeat visitors into brand champions for you and for Anguilla. What we strive for is to take the investment you make in Anguilla and convert it into better returns than you will get from any other destination. Better financial returns and greater client satisfaction,” she concluded.


Anguilla is enjoying record breaking revenues in the first quarter of 2022, with elevated hotel occupancies buoyed by strong arrivals. With expanded airlift provided by the daily, nonstop American Airlines service from Miami International (MIA) directly into the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport in Anguilla, and new resorts such as the Aurora Anguilla, which boasts one of the best, Greg Norman designed, championship golf courses in the region, the island is poised to surpass the pre-pandemic, 2019 arrivals record.

Anguilla has also invested in improving the physical infrastructure on island, with a view to enhancing the lives of local residents and by extension, the visitor experience.  The main thoroughfare in the capital, The Valley, has been completely transformed.  The airport has been significantly upgraded to accommodate the increased traffic, and a new FBO terminal to facilitate the arrival of private aircraft is scheduled to open by mid 2023.  The construction of a brand-new ferry terminal at Blowing Point is well underway, for completion by the start of the 2022/23 winter season.

Anguilla’s exciting on-island calendar of events is back on track this year, along with new events such as the Anguilla Culinary Experience, taking place from May 11 – 15, which will bring together talented chefs from Anguilla and around the world at Anguilla’s world-class resorts and villas.

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About Anguilla

Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a shy beauty with a warm smile. A slender length of coral and limestone fringed with green, the island is ringed with 33 beaches, considered by savvy travelers and top travel magazines, to be the most beautiful in the world. A fantastic culinary scene, a wide variety of quality accommodations at varying price points, a host of attractions and exciting calendar of festivals make Anguilla an alluring and entrancing destination.

Anguilla lies just off the beaten path, so it has retained a charming character and appeal. Yet because it can be conveniently reached from three major gateways – Miami, FL (MIA), Puerto Rico (SJU), and St. Martin, (SXM), and by private air, it’s a hop and a skip away.

Romance? Barefoot elegance? Unfussy chic? And untrammeled bliss?   Lose The Crowd.  Find Yourself. In Anguilla.

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