Regional Travel & Tourism Tourism 

LIAT to Suspend Service to USVI, Guadeloupe to Dominica from March 1

As part of its efforts to achieve greater profitability and improve efficiency in 2017, LIAT will restructure its operations by suspending service to the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Guadeloupe to Dominica routes. Effective March 1, 2017, the airline will stop flying to St. Croix, and service to St. Thomas will end on June 14. The airline will suspend its Guadeloupe to Dominica route on March 2nd and will instead operate a return Antigua to Guadeloupe flight. These moves are intended to help stabilise the airline’s flight schedule and network. The suspension comes after the…

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Tourism 

Executive Lounge at the VC Bird Int’l Airport Earns Virgin Atlantic Lounge Leaders Award

The Executive Lounge located at the V C Bird International Airport has been recognized and praised highly by Virgin Atlantic for its sterling service and commitment to Service Excellence in the lounge/hospitality industry. The lounge, a unit within the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority was awarded the Bronze award in the Virgin Lounge Leaders for 2016. Such recognition speaks highly to the level of service and professionalism provided daily to passengers. Executive Lounge Manager Stacy Cabrall expressed great joy to have received such recognition. She states that the success of the lounge is attributed…

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Tourism 

Asot wants revision of reduced tourism capital budget

Tourism Minister the Hon. Asot Michael is appealing for an adjustment in the allocation given to his ministry in Budget 2017. During debate of the estimates in the House of Representatives last week, Mr. Michael reported the successes of his department in the face of economic uncertainty throughout the world. However, he insists that in order for Antigua and Barbuda to position itself to withstand the challenges and record further growth, his ministry, specifically tourism, must be adequately financed in order to execute its plans and programmes. He wants budget…

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Tourism 

Strategic Targets Set for the Ministry of Tourism in 2017

Cruise arrivals, air arrivals, airlift, and public relations are among the major areas of concentration for the Ministry of Tourism in 2017. With a successful 2016 now in the record books, the ministry will redouble its efforts in ensuring the upward trend continues. Tourism officials are predicting a 10 per cent increase in air arrivals for 2017, including initiating discussions with at least four major airlines to begin serving the country, namely Emirates, Norwegian and Panama’s flag carrier Copa. Plans are also to engage US carriers Spirit, Southwest and Jetblue,…

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Tourism 

Antigua & Barbuda Celebrate Success of 2017 Caribbean Travel Marketplace

Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the successful participation of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the region’s largest and most significant marketing forum staged by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in Nassau, Bahamas from January 31 – February 2, 2017 at Atlantis, Paradise Found. The Caribbean Travel Marketplace is the premier annual event for more than 1,200 Caribbean Hoteliers, Tourist Boards, Tour Operators and Attractions to gather for high-impact one-on-one business meetings, knowledge sharing and networking. The Antigua and Barbuda delegation was led by the Chairman of the Antigua and…

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Tourism 

Tourism Minister Presents Impressive Cruise Facilities Masterplan

After three days of discussions and PowerPoint presentations to cruise industry decision-makers in South Florida, Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Honorable Asot Michael is “very encouraged” about the future of his country’s cruise sector. The Minister’s optimism follows his recent visit to the South Florida (January 25 – 27) during which time he met with several cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, MSC, Holland America, Seaborn, and Princess Cruises. The Minister and his team also received valuable feedback from the Operations Committee of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association…

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Antigua Sailing Week Tourism 

Antigua Sailing Week 2017 Presents Golden Edition

This year, Antigua Sailing Week is celebrating its 50th edition.  Everybody wants to come to the party and it is not too late to take up the invitation. Eighty-four yachts have already entered and many more are expected to enjoy the memorable occasion. Whilst yachts from Antigua and the Caribbean will be racing in numbers, the majority of sailors will come from Europe, especially Great Britain and Germany, as well as from North and South America, Scandinavia and as far away as Australia.  Antigua Sailing Week produces a fine cocktail of top Caribbean…

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Tourism 

Early Indicators Point to a Strong Yachting Season for Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda tourism officials and yachting stakeholders are optimistic about the 2017 sailing season, as the destination recognizes the 30th anniversary of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and 50thanniversary of Antigua Sailing Week.  And, preparations for new additions and returning events to the sailing calendar are well underway. Registrations for the flagship destination sailing event, the Antigua Sailing Week, are impressively more than double the entries received during the same period in 2016, while expressions of interest for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta are trending up. Organizers of the Royal Oceanic Race…

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Tourism 

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development Launched in Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda joins the rest of the world in commemorating 2017 as the year of sustainable tourism for development. In this regard, the Ministry of Tourism via its Sustainable Tourism Unit today (Thurs) officially launched it calendar of activities all geared towards recognizing the aims of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). These aims are to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to national development, mobilize stakeholders in making the sector a catalyst for positive change, and to foster change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior in…

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Politics Tourism 

Reported 60% Reduction in United Airlines Flights to Antigua

By: Damani Tabor PRESS RELEASE: Since 2011, during the months of February through April, United Airlines has operated 10 – 12 weekly non-stop flights from Newark Liberty Airport to Antigua and Barbuda. This year, the service has been decreased significantly to 3 – 4 flights a week, representing a deficit of more than 6,000 airline seats during the high season. “With the opening of a state-of-art airport facility, Antigua and Barbuda is losing its competitive edge. We should not be decreasing seat capacity, as we prepare to celebrate our 50th Anniversary of Sailing Week this year….

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