Jaunted has labeled this name change a Wise Move and I think I agree. Although, I did want to do a little more digging to see if there is anything more behind the rename, or if it’s purely marketing and they’re simply exploiting the popular president’s name.
The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. While there is no doubt they’re taking advantage, their claim that Antigua’s highest mountain (at 395 meters/1319 feet) will become the “beacon of hope for all people” is plausible. Everyone needs hope, and if changing the name of this landmark will bring that, then I’m all for it.
And it’s not as if they’re just relying on the name change to bring in the tourists. The island nation is also building a network of hiking trails in the new National Park, a museum, and educational facilities.
The change in name will occur on August 4 to coincide with President Obama’s birthday.
Visiting Antigua and Barbuda
To see it yourself, check out the Antigua and Barbuda official website for information on arriving and getting around. The island paradise boasts some of the best diving and beaches and also lays claim to the sunniest weather in the Eastern Caribbean.
If you need more reason to visit Antigua, Eva Holland points out it’s one of the recession-proof currencies pegged to the US dollar.