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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Tourism 

Dream Yacht Charter Back For Antigua Sailing Week 2018 & 2019

Antigua Sailing Week is delighted to partner once again with Dream Yacht Charter in its second year of a three-year sponsorship as the Official Exclusive Bareboat and By-the-Cabin Charter Sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week. The Dream Yacht Charter fleet consists of more than 900 yachts in 47 bases worldwide, many of which have actively participated in Antigua Sailing Week over many years. Dream Yacht Charter opened its charter base in Antigua three years ago with monohulls and catamarans from several manufacturers and the number of yachts available for charter keeps…

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Crime & Police Politics Tourism 

BREAKING NEWS: PM Strips Asot Michael of Ministerial Responsibilities, Cabinet Seat Following Arrest in England Today

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has announced that he has advised the Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams  to revoke immediately the appointment from the Cabinet, of Tourism and Investment Minister, Asot Michael pending the outcome of his arrest Monday morning by the Metropolitan Police in London. Prime Minister Browne is presently in Jordan on his way back to Antigua from Montenegro where he led a government delegation to an international conference on Citizenship by Investment. The Prime Minister advised that he received news from Antigua and Barbuda’s High…

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Tourism 

Cruise Industry Partners Meet Ahead of Record Breaking Cruise Season

Minster of Tourism Hon Asot A. Michael convened a critical meeting with over 25 key heads of Government agencies and private sector tourism partners to discuss and solidify plans to successfully host over 400,000 cruise ship passengers who are expected to visit the island in the last few months of the year. The areas that were addressed included visitor safety, and security, transportation, & dispatching, the availability of adequate tours, attractions, and rest room facilities along with the cleanliness of St Johns as well as the popular high traffic beaches….

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Tourism 

Antigua Marinas, Marine Services and Related Businesses Ready for the Season

The Antigua Yachting industry and all its support infrastructure including marinas, marine service businesses and provisioning companies remain fully operational following the passing of the recent hurricanes but Antigua does not operate in a bubble. The region works together to deliver a great experience for all visiting yachtsmen and women. Over the last few weeks the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA) has hosted a number of ‘State of the Industry Meetings’ to share and discuss information with its membership and determine Antigua’s readiness for the upcoming season. The pressure…

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Disaster Management Tourism 

Barbuda Fundraiser at Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Beach Shack Pop-up in London

To help with the Barbuda relief efforts, the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (UK Office) partnered with the Archer Street Cocktail Bar on a UK based fundraiser evening. Held at the Antigua and Barbuda Beach Shack in Archer Street on the closing night of the five-month pop-up, the raffle and auction prizes helped to raise £12,664.23 which will go directly to the High Commission’s Relief Aid.0 British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Carlisle Bay Resort, The Inn at English Harbour and Sheer Rocks restaurant all contributed with generous prizes for the auction. Other…

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Economic Tourism 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TO RECEIVE A RECORD BREAKING 900,000 CRUISE PASSENGERS

Following a series of vital meetings with its major cruise line partners last week, Antigua and Barbuda was successful in reassuring its cruise line partners of the readiness of the destination to receive additional calls for the upcoming 2017-2018 winter cruise tourism season. The country’s tourism Minister the Hon Asot A. Michael, after leading a delegation of tourism Ministers and officials from St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda was able to confirm extremely positive news for the destination. Between October and December 31st this year, the destination…

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Business Tourism 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HITS THE ROAD IN GRAND EUROPEAN BLITZ

As Antigua and Barbuda experiences growth in tourism arrivals from key European markets, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s United Kingdom & Europe Office is focused on captalising on the exponential growth by increasing its presence within the market. In a grand European blitz, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, along with some of the destination’s major hotel and airline partners, descended on the major gateway cities of Frankfurt, Rome, Milan and Stockholm from September 25 – September 29 for travel trade events designed to build awareness of the destination…

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Tourism 

ICAO Secretary General stresses priorities for Caribbean reconstruction and tourism sector resilience

In her address to the Directors General of Civil Aviation for the ICAO North and Central America and Caribbean (NACC) Region last week in Washington, D.C., ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu stressed the UN Aviation agency’s appreciation for the tremendous challenges being faced by local governments as they deal with the devastating impacts of the 2017 hurricane season. “No one has escaped these impacts,” she commented.” The role of aviation in assuring rapid assistance has been important to the humanitarian responses undertaken thus far, and you may count on…

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Tourism 

Carnival Cruise Line Brings Relief to Barbuda

A week after cruise passengers and crew of the Carnival ‘Fascination’ received a warm and festive welcome by the Government and the People of Antigua and Barbuda, Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Fascination’ has returned to the port of St. John’s, fulfilling a commitment made to Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael, to bring hurricane relief to Antigua’s sister-island Barbuda, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. With Antigua’s cruise berth’s open, Antigua was added as one of Carnival Fascination’s ports of calls, following itinerary adjustments made by the cruise line…

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