Regional News Tourism 

“Butch” Stewart Receives Inaugural Hospitality Jamaica Award

~The Chairman of the Luxury-Included Resort Company Received First-Ever Pioneer Award at the RJRGleaner Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Awards~ Chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, was honored this past weekend at the 2017 RJRGleaner Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Awards with the inaugural Pioneer Award at the Montego Bay Convention Center. Mr. Stewart was recognized for his hard work, service and dedication to the Caribbean over the years, namely in revolutionizing the all-inclusive concept, creating the most influential brand in the Caribbean and establishing Sandals Resorts as…

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Business Economic Politics Tourism 

Sandals Welcomes Auditors, Calls For Full Transparency

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) welcomes the recent announcement by Prime Minister Gaston Browne that his Government intends to utilize international tax auditors to monitor the finances of, as he put it, “Sandals and other corporate entities in Antigua and Barbuda.” In fact Sandals has been doing this very same thing for years, utilizing first Price Waterhouse, and most recently Grant Thornton as our auditors, two of the highest rated auditing firms in the world, and there has never been an issue with respect to us meeting our financial obligations and…

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Tourism 

New Business Opportunities for Antigua’s Tourism Following World Travel Market Meetings

World Travel Market in London has continued to see encouraging meetings with the UK travel trade following discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Immigration, the Hon Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez;  CEO of the Tourism Authority, Colin James and members of the UK based tourism team. Positive opportunities and forward bookings for stand partners have also been reported. A meeting with Travelopia, which includes sailing brands Sunsail and The Moorings, resulted in finalising plans for more business from both brands in Antigua. The Moorings, the world’s premier yacht charter company, now…

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Politics Tourism 

UPP Fears World Travel Market Fallout; Condemns Further Lies & Damage To Investment Climate

  The UPP is calling for a return to sane investor relations amidst fears that Gaston Brownes actions have severely damaged our prospects to attract new investors at the November 6-8 World Travel Market in London. “The unassailable fact is: Gaston Browne has not created a single new tourism sector job in almost 4 years. How then can he question legitimate concessions granted to facilitate the creation of 700 permanent jobs? How dare a man who has facilitated a grand total of zero new hotel rooms baselessly criticize an arrangement which realized 180 new rooms?” Senator…

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Tourism 

Antigua & Barbuda Continues to Accommodate Cruise Vessels in Hurricane Maria Aftermath

The nation’s main ports of call (Heritage and Redcliffe Quays) played host to four cruise vessels today (Tues)  transforming St. John’s into a hub of tourist activity. Two of the four vessels were welcomed by Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism and Cruise Authorities after they diverted from hurricane struck St. Maarten which suffered major infrastructural damage. “This inaugural marks a special occasion to the cruise sector of our country for it means that our tourism product is being enhanced, our culture and local heritage is being experienced and our hospitality welcomed,”…

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Tourism Youth 

Newly Appointed Tourism Minister Focuses on the Youth

Newly appointed Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Max Fernandez has hit the ground running in charting the way forward for the continued development of the industry. The Hon. Minister has concurs that the multi-faceted industry relies heavily on the corporation of all stakeholders from the smallest of roles to the most cumbersome. The early identification and development of these roles is key to the overall success of the industry and thus the Hon. Minister found it necessary to make an impromptu visit to the Multi-purpose Cultural Center to witness first…

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Marine Tourism 

Announcing a new Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association Jolly Harbour Sub-Committee and Board Member

At an ABMA general meeting held last week in Jolly Harbour it was agreed that Karen Van Rensburg of Lighthouse Yachting be appointed to the Board as representative for the business community in Jolly Harbour. The directors of the ABMA have subsequently ratified the decision via electronic vote. Jolly Harbour Marina Village is the largest resort of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean and provides boat owners with the opportunity of owning a home with a boat slip at relatively affordable rates. As a full service marina and marine development…

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Economic Politics Tourism 

Sandals Condemns in The Strongest Possible Manner Continued Defamatory Attacks from Antigua PM

PRESS RELEASE: Sandals Resorts International condemns in the strongest possible manner, the vicious, sustained and defamatory attacks that Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne continues to direct at this company. The Prime Minister’s latest salvo came during the current affairs programme Nationwide at Five Radio Network in Jamaica on November 1, 2017…where he again made false claims that Sandals sought to avoid its tax obligations, and has acted inimical to the interests of the people of Antigua and Barbuda. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the Prime Minister has demonstrated…

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Tourism 

Caribbean Travel Trade Re-Discovers Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) recently concluded a regional Familiarization Trip (FAM) to the destination, for leading Caribbean tour operators, travel agents, airlines, and hotel operators, that sell intra-regional travel. The agents were predominantly from Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, two key strategic regional markets for Antigua and Barbuda. The Caribbean agents were invited to ‘Re-discover’ Antigua and Barbuda, to re-introduce them the Antigua and Barbuda tourism product. The visiting Caribbean travel trade was treated to both land and marine based excursions, including a tour of the world-famous…

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Politics Tourism 

UPP Says Removal of Asot Michael Sparks Concerns about Further Decline of Tourism Sector in Antigua and Barbuda

POLITICAL STATEMENT – The UPP has expressed grave concern about the manner in which Tourism Minister Asot Michael, had been dismissed from all Ministerial portfolios, amidst allegations of his detention by Metropolitan Police in London last Monday. The Party believes that the Prime Minister’s approach in addressing the issue could have negative implications for Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism sector and investment prospects. As the destination prepares for the upcoming tourist season, on the heels of two destructive hurricanes, Former Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) and UPP Candidate for St. John’s Rural North,…

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