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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Tourism 

Media visit Sandals Grande Antigua to see renovations progress

With just four weeks left before its scheduled re-opening, Sandals Grande Antigua today afforded members of the local media the opportunity to tour the facility and see for themselves the maintenance work that has been ongoing since the resort closed over two months ago. The media tour was personally led by General Manager Gaurav “Mr. G” Sindhi, who explained the need to close the resort to facilitate what had to be done. “We have never closed in 26 years but we had to undertake this renovation to be able to…

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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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