Tourism 

Sandals Resorts Honored at World Travel Awards

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honored with prestigious recognition at the international 24th Annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on December 10, 2017 at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam. The Luxury Included® Resort Company collected seven awards in total from the World Travel Awards and World Spa Awards, demonstrating the continued commitment to excellence of the brand and its resorts. “Sandals Resorts International is thrilled to once again be the internationally recognized all-inclusive leader,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals…

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Regional News Regional Travel & Tourism Tourism 

Sandals Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart Receives Tourism Icon Award at UNWTO Conference

Chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, was this week honoured at the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank’s Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. At the Conference’s Gala Dinner and Tourism Icon Awards, held on Wednesday, the UNWTO, in association with Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, presented Mr. Stewart with the Global Legend of the Caribbean Award in recognition of his long and outstanding contribution to sustainable global tourism growth and to job creation in the Caribbean….

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Tourism 

Unique Vacations deepens investment in the Caribbean

Unique Vacations, the worldwide representative for Sandals & Beaches Resorts, has announced plans to further its investment in the region. At present Unique Vacations has four contact centers established in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Grenada and The Bahamas, which provide high paying jobs for over 500 Caribbean nationals. Unique has now announced plans to introduce a cutting edge online Learning Management System (LMS). The system will be implemented in conjunction with Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and will focus primarily on sales and customer service training. The LMS will also provide notification…

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Business Economic Foreign Affairs Tourism 

Honourable H. Charles Fernandez attends IMO Conference in London

The Honourable H. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, is presently attending the 30th Regular Session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which commenced 27th November and will conclude on 6th December at its Headquarters in London. Minister Fernandez addressed the Assembly during the opening ceremony on Tuesday, and expressed solidarity with the Governments of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Iraq and the Argentine Republic in the wake of catastrophes experienced within all territories. The Minister further elaborated on…

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Charity Community Tourism 

Sandals Foundation Continues to Support Hurricane Displaced Students

Almost 250 Dominican children, now studying and residing in Antigua, following the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria through their homeland, were recently surprised with a gift of school supplies and back packs by the Sandals Foundation. This is a continuation of a similar project, in coordination with the Ministry of Education of Antigua and Barbuda in September, where much-needed school supplies were gifted to Barbudan children displaced by hurricane Irma. As part of a continuing effort to bring relief and recovery to those islands impacted by the destructive hurricane season…

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Tourism 

Throwing Down the Gauntlet for Antigua Sailing Week 2018

Antigua Sailing Week moves into a new era in 2018 as the start of the next 50 years of racing kicks off from April 28th to May 4th. In anticipation of a week of professionally managed racing the fleet is shaping up well. Entered to date are forty-eight boats from 24ft – 115ft including racing, multihull, bareboat and club classes which will take to the big turquoise seas off the south coast of Antigua for a week of exciting competitive racing. For any event, the importance of returning sailors is…

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Tourism Uncategorized 

No Time For Controversy and Hurricanes Says UVI’s Gary Sadler

Controversy and hurricanes are two of the biggest challenges when selling the Caribbean according to Gary Sadler O.D., Senior Vice President of Unique Vacations Limited, the exclusive marketing company for Sandals Resort International. Mr. Sadler was speaking during an interview with Observer Radio in Antigua, shortly after meeting with staff of Sandals Grande Antigua ahead of the re-opening of that resort on December 17th. He says the most important message to send after the damage wrought by the recent hurricanes, is that people need to keep travelling. “You have to…

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Tourism 

Sunwing Airlines Montreal to Antigua Inaugural Flight Welcomed to Antigua

Sunwing Airlines inaugural flight to Antigua and Barbuda from Montreal was greeted with a spectacular water cannon salute, the sounds of steelband and performances by cultural dancers, as the impressive Antigua and Barbuda branded Sunwing boeing 737-800 touched down at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua on November 26, 2017. The Sunwing Montreal to Antigua seasonal non-stop flight scheduled weekly on Sundays will complement the two flights per week from Toronto to Antigua that started on November 10, 2017. Sunwing Officials and the 164 passengers on the flight were…

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Regional News Tourism 

Sandals Resorts Brings Exciting Showcase to Canada, Cops Top Travel Agent Award

Continuing its mission to promote the Caribbean as the destination of choice, Sandals Resorts International recently brought its much-anticipated Overdrive Unveiling Tour to a combined audience of nearly 750 Canadian travel agents in the cities of Toronto and Montreal. Joining the Unveiling Tours in Canada were representatives from Caribbean tourism boards including Antigua, Grenada, Turks and Caicos and Saint Lucia.  The tour has seen nearly 50 executive team members from Sandals and Beaches properties across the Caribbean and representatives from all of its destinations travel to over 19 cities in…

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Tourism 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA’S US DIRECTOR OF TOURISM’S VOW RENEWAL IN CARIBBEAN’S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and its romance partners have come together once again to celebrate love in Antigua and Barbuda, the most romantic destination in the Caribbean. While in Antigua, for the Annual Tourism Marketing Strategy Meeting held from November 14 – 16, 2017, US Director of Tourism, Mrs. Kim Jack Riley, surprised her husband Mark Riley, with a vow renewal ceremony at the romantic Villas at Sunset Lane in celebration of their silver anniversary symbolizing 25 years of marriage. Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority CEO Colin James…

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