The members of the Antigua Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association have come together to create a Tourism Development Fund. Proceeds from this fund will be spent on improving our tourism product, keeping our beaches safe and clean, improving our historical sites, better signage around the island, overall enhancing the visitor experience.
How does the TDF work? A “Dollar-a-Day” will be added to the guest’s account for each day that is spent at participating properties. This is a voluntary contribution and if the guest should choose to decline, the charge will be immediately removed from the guest bill.
The fund has allowed a number of young Antiguans & Barbudans to pursue Associate degree courses in Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, Resort Management and most recently Culinary Arts at the Antigua Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.
The ABHTA Tourism Development Fund in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism has financed the installation of six beach signs with another three on the way. During 2014 signs were installed at Half Moon Bay, Old Runaway Beach, Long Bay, Hawksbill and 2 signs at Jabberwock. Three more signs will soon be erected at Valley Church Beach, Galleon Beach and Morris Bay.
The ABHTA Tourism Development Fund is working with SignCom to replace the faded green directional road signs around the island. To date around twenty signs have been replaced and the project will continue over the next year. The new signs are using a specialized reflective covering to make them more visible at night.