Antigua and Barbuda's traditional industries, cotton and
sugar processing, have now been replaced by tourism as a
leading industry. During the 1990s, the country was hit by
several hurricanes, which temporarily halted growth in the
tourism sector. Antigua and Barbuda are visited annually by
about 300,000 overnight tourists and about 700,000 cruise
tourists. The tourism industry contributes about 80 percent
of GDP and employs 35 percent of the workforce. Some
importance to the economy also has easy manufacturing
industry, fishing and livestock management. Dependence on
the United States is strong, and one of the state's most
important sources of income is the rent that the United
States pays for its two military bases.
countryaah, the capital of Saint John's is the dominant port city and
also has an international airport.