Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism the Hon. Asot Michael, today, welcomed the delegates to Antigua and Barbuda, announcing the Ministry's support for the outstanding show with an investment of US$8k.
"This show, more than any other event during the Carnival, fully embodies that message of Caribbean unity through this timeless competition. 11 stunning contestants from our neighboring islands are here with us. They will join in the festivities as we celebrate emancipation, during our summer festival, and participate in friendly competition."
"We are here to enjoy and partake in wonderful art, phenomenal music, and some of the world's finest pageantry and cultural expression...But, more than these necessary human values, the Jaycees Queen Show is about creating unity amongst the Caribbean Island-countries."
Now in its 54th year, the Jaycees Queen Show is the longest running pageant in the region.
Antigua and Barbuda's delegate in the competition Ms. Asha Frank will be joined on stage by delegates from: The British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the United States Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.
"JCI Antigua is eternally grateful to the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority for their continued support and assistance," said 2015 President of JCI Antigua, Shenella Govia.
With Caribbean nationals, throughout the region, having their eyes on their hometown queen, competing on the big stage in Antigua, the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will make contact with thousands of these followers as they communicate with delegates with social media mentions of #LoveAntiguaBarbuda.
During the Carnival Period, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will also launch their carnival 'selfie' pop-up booth in the heart of Carnival city. Visitors to the booth will have the chance to engage with Antigua and Barbuda's tourism social media team, have their photo taken against the destination's 'selfie' backdrop, and get destination information from the island experts.
Participants will also have the chance to win island excursions, restaurant dining experiences and branded merchandise.