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Help please from Anguilla DE's and other Anguilla fans

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Help please from Anguilla DE's and other Anguilla fans

Dear Forum Folks, some of you may know me (AXA as we know being a small place) - I live and work in Anguilla. I do lots of marketing and promotion for various businesses and promote Anguilla generally as a destination. I am doing some research on what people what to know about Anguilla before making the decision to come visit. I watch the TA forum of course and look at the experts opinions, guest comments and reviews - but I would love to get a personal opinion from any of you on the following 3 things: 1. What is the most important thing to get across to potential visitors to Anguilla. 2. What is the "thing" that keeps you passionate about Anguilla and makes you return time after time and 3. What (place/person) do you think makes a real & positive difference to the way people view the island. Thank you for your time. Trudy

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1. Re: Help please from Anguilla DE's and other Anguilla fans

1. It's unique; (The beaches, people, restaurants)

2. How you feel when you are there.

3. Ronnie Bryan (Car Rental)

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Hi Trudy:

I was drawn to Anguilla by its beautiful beaches. I kept returning because I loved the peace and quiet, no jet skis, no topless, the friendly people and wonderful restaurants. I have been all over the world and so far nothing has compared. I used to go to Mexico or HI in the fall and Anguilla in the spring, I quit Mexico when it became unsafe and changed to Anguilla twice a year, it is an expensive, lengthy trip, but I endure it, knowing what awaits me.

I cannot pinpoint one exact person or place, it is a culmination of everything, the beaches, the people, the locals & expats who stop to chat on their morning walk, the restaurant and store owners who remember us and come over to say hi, the bands who acknowledge our presence when we walk in. I guess overall, it is the feeling of belonging.

We can hardly wait to get there and never want to leave.

Ellen

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thank you x

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thank you ellen

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thank you duffy

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Tied for #3 would be Nori of the Anguilla Beaches web site.

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Hi Trudy...

Just spent a month in Anguilla...to me Anguilla has a soul, the people make it special as well as the beaches.

It just makes you yearn to go back.

I have to laugh at times i will pick people up along the road and that is where you get the best stories, if you have an elder you really must take them to the exact spot they are going....this time i found the local pea patch, the best DR. and an eyeglass place, 2 big stores i never knew where there and the best stories along the way, and even met Elvis's Mom.

Plus all of the above posts

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Trudy -

1. The low-key, easy going feel of the island (coupled, of course, with the gorgeous beaches). We enjoy the lack of duty-free shops, cruise ships, gambling, high pressure time share or taxi hawkers, spring break crowds, and McDonald's/Pizza Huts. For some, that may be boring; for us it's incredibly refreshing. To use the comparison I often hear, people should know it's not St. Marten.

2. The best part of Anguilla is Anguillans. After many visits, when immigration looks at all the AXA stamps on our passports on arrival, we get a smiling "welcome home." I know there's been recent concern on message boards. But we've always been exceptionally impressed by the friendliness, the politeness and the kind spirit of people on the island. Last year, our rental had a minor problem, and several people stopped to offer help within minutes of our pulling off the road. The golden rule of travel is to respect your hosts, and greet people with a smile, and we've always found that warmly returned on Anguilla.

3. I'll respond from the perspective of "people" being island visitors. We've stayed at several spots on the island, although mostly at one property. In every case, staff went above and beyond simple commercial duty, in being warm, friendly, helpful and gracious hosts. Lodging - and staff - set the tone for a visit, and I have to say that they considerably more often than not, "sell" the island, as indicated by peoples' repeat visits back to the same properties, year after year. And from an island marketing perspective, repeat visitors are effective tourism advocates. People ask if we're traveling, we say yes, to Anguilla, and get back, "isn't that where you always go?" It provokes a conversation that we love - when we can extol the island's virtues, and recommend it enthusiastically.

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For me the island offers that "time out of time" experience, vibe that is part nature, part slowing down to take pleasure in basic living. Leaving the trappings of city life and shedding my "mask" (always wear make-up at home, not so on island) don't think I could feel this free on a cruise ship and don't care to find out. Islanders are a large reason I keep returning. I always feel they are looking out for me,traveling solo. It is a spiritual place, serendipity everywhere all the time.

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1. Most important thing to get across potential visitors is that the island is quiet, low key and relaxing. There are no touristy attractions. There's not much shopping. The island is spread out, and not one area that has it all. There's no high rise buildings or casinos. You make your own entertainment basically.

2. Why I keep coming back is because of the above. Because its not touristy, and has no gambling. Has no cruise ship crowds. Has no jet skis, has no McDonalds. I come back because of the friendly sincere people that live there. The wonderful restaurants. The relaxation that takes me away from the world I live in daily.

I hope it stays this way.