Tourism 

Carnival Fascination Welcomed Following Itinerary Adjustment

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, The Hon. Asot Michael has thanked the Carnival Corporation for being the first cruise line to make contact with the destination and offering their support and tangible assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The Tourism Minister offered his gratitude during a courtesy visit with the Captain and Crew of the Carnival Fascination upon their call on Antigua today.  He was joined on his visit by CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James, and CEO…

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Disaster Management Politics Tourism 

Barbuda Tragedy Takes Political Turn with Tourism Minister Blasting Opposition MPs

Minister of Parliament for the constituency of St. Peter in Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Asot Michael on Monday blasted the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) for “deeply wounding the interest of the residents of Barbuda by ignoring the Constitution and illegally passing the Barbuda Land Act of 2007”. During his contribution to the special sitting of Parliament held to ratify the state of emergency on the Sister Isle of Barbuda, the Hon. Minister highlighted the fact that “the Barbuda Land Act of 2007 is completely deceitful and dishonest because…

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Disaster Management Tourism 

Antigua Open for Business Following Passage of Hurricane Irma, Airport Ready by 2:00pm

St. John’s, Antigua, WI (September 6, 2017). Antigua has successfully coped with Hurricane Irma, defying the worst predictions of disaster. There was no loss of life.  The local population and all visitors to the island are safe. Most residential, business and Hotel properties in Antigua remain largely unscathed and already the main roads have been cleared of the debris of fallen trees. The V C Bird International Airport will be open by 2pm (Eastern Standard Time) today to accommodate arriving and departing aircraft and passengers. Visitors are encouraged to contact…

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Tourism 

Forward Bookings for Antigua and Barbuda Dubbed “A Real Success Story”

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s recent marketing campaign within the United Kingdom has contributed to the growth in revenue being reported by UK tour operators despite Brexit. Luxury tour operator, the Inspiring Travel Company (part of the ITC Travel Group, which also owns the Western & Oriental brand) has reported growth in Antigua bookings with the island becoming one of its strongest destinations in the Caribbean.  The revenue for Antigua bookings for 2017 is up 3% year on year, despite a drop in room nights. This shows that the…

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Tourism 

Fashion House in Antigua & Barbuda for Major Photoshoot

Chen Burkett, a noted New York based fashion designer has teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and leading luxury resort, Carlisle Bay to capture the romantic elements of Antigua and Barbuda in an on-island photo shoot taking place in Antigua this week, ahead of the launch of her debut bridal collection at New York Fashion Week in September. The partnership with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Carlisle Bay will see quintessential Antigua captured throughout Burkett’s collection. The destination’s historic and breathtaking locations along with the…

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Politics Tourism 

UPP Calls For Resignation of Tourism Minister

Despite forecasts for record levels of visitors for Antigua’s 60th Anniversary of Carnival, stay over arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda continue on a downward trajectory. The latest statistics for the month of July show a 10% decline across all markets, indicating that the projected arrivals did not meet expectations. The UPP is extremely concerned about this unprecedented decline in tourism arrivals for successive months in 2017. The party cites lack of expertise, poor planning and marketing execution on the part of the Festivals Commission and the ABTA, as major contributing factors to this already declining trend….

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Business Tourism 

Blue Diamond Resorts to Take over Management of Antigua’s Jolly Beach Resort & Spa

Blue Diamond Resorts, the Caribbean’s fastest-growing hotel company, is proud to announce that it will be taking over the management and operation of Antigua’s largest all-inclusive resort, the 464-room Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, beginning September 1, 2017. “We look forward to bringing our operations to the beautiful Island of Antigua, and to applying our management experience to this popular resort” said Jordi Pelfort, Managing Director of Blue Diamond Resorts. Known to be one of Antigua’s best all-inclusive resorts for its value, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is set on…

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Tourism 

Sandals Releases Statement on Antigua Development

Sandals Resorts International has 22 hotels in eight different territories throughout the Caribbean, and in 35 years of doing business with numerous governments; we have always operated at the highest standards and in the most ethical and transparent manner. As an upstanding and conscientious corporate citizen, we have always sought to work in harmony with the various stakeholders. Therefore, we are appalled at the unwarranted and vicious attack that has been launched against the company and its Chairman by Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his Government, after plans to upgrade…

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Tourism 

Tourism Industry receives another major boost as Government breaks ground for a luxury five star property

With an ambitious plan to further improve the tourism sector this year; officials are viewing the proposed five-star Callaloo Cay Development project as a major contributor to the national economy. Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for the project on Tuesday morning, Tourism Minister the Hon. Asot Michael told those gathered to witness the event that Callaloo Cay will aid in bolstering the government’s quest towards becoming an economic powerhouse. “This administration has set the goal of increasing the room capacity of Antigua and Barbuda to over 5,000 within the next…

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Tourism 

Antigua and Barbuda Airport and Tourism Officials explore new airline partnerships at Routes Americas

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism and Airport officials combined their marketing efforts to attend the 10th Routes Americas Conference, where they met with some of the most influential aviation professionals from across the Americas region, earlier this month in Las Vegas. Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation worked in collaboration to secure the most efficient way of representing its interests at the conference, which has in the past proved very beneficial. Over a three-day period, the team conducted a series of twenty-one back-to-back meetings with existing airlines who now service the destination as well…

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