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Sunday 12th of January 2014: ABHTI launches e-book initiative through AHTA funding
An e-book initiative has been operationalised at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Institute (ABHTI) aimed at reducing the high cost of textbooks to its 300 students.

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Saturday 11th of January 2014: Sandals Set to Wed Three Couples on Valentine's Day
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa, has announced its partnership with the popular local television show - Good Morning Antigua and Barbuda, in hosting this year's Valentine's Day Weddings.

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Thursday 05th of December 2013: Beaches Resorts comes to Antigua!

Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Antigua that will see the building of a brand new Beaches Resort in Long Bay.

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Thursday 05th of December 2013: Antigua and Barbuda hosts Cricket Press Trip for Journalists ahead of England's tour of West Indies

As Antigua and Barbuda prepare to host the England vs West Indies One Day Internationals in March 2014, thirteen journalists from England, have recently spent eight days in the destination familiarising themselves with the product.        

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Monday 25th of November 2013: Tourism Officials Hail Sandals' Mega Fam

Antigua and Barbuda is receiving heightened exposure as a tourist destination as hundreds of travel agents from the United States flock the twin island state.

The major marketing opportunity forms part of the Sandals Resorts International's (SRI) Mega Fam 2013, where the agents are hosted by Sandals to experience the all-inclusive resort.

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Monday 25th of November 2013: Sandals Antigua Takes Ultimate Award

Sandals Grande Antigua has once again written its name down in the history books of the Sandals Resorts International family, after Representative - Brendaline Doxon walked away with this year's Ultimate Award.

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Wednesday 16th of October 2013: Antigua participates in pilot exchange programme with Guadeloupe

A six-member team from the tourism industry will travel to Guadeloupe on Sunday to kick start a two-week pilot exchange programme.

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Wednesday 16th of October 2013: Antigua and Barbuda Public and Private sectors collaborate to attend largest gathering of Airlines, Airports and Tourism Boards at the World Airline Routes Development Forum 2013.
Antigua and Barbuda tourism and airport officials combined their marketing efforts to attend the world's largest aviation conference at the 19th World Routes Aviation Forum, hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority. 

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Monday 23rd of September 2013: Antigua and Barbuda in the spotlight during X-factor filming with Mary J Blige and Nicole Scherzinger

The spotlight will be on Antigua and Barbuda, as the destination's most recognized views, excursions and party-loving islanders, will be showcased to over 10 million viewers on the British television music competition show, The X-factor in the first week of October.

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Friday 20th of September 2013: Blue Waters Wins Award for Antigua and Barbuda's Leading Hotel
Staff at Blue Waters were ecstatic as the World Travel Awards announced this year's winners. As stated on their website, the World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry, and Blue Waters is honoured to have been considered in light of this.

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Wednesday 18th of September 2013: 2013/2014 Junior Minister of Tourism Selected

The Ministry of Tourism has selected a new youth representative to carry the flag of our twin island nation as Junior Minister of Tourism 2013/2014.

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Wednesday 18th of September 2013: Antigua Retains Title of Best Honeymoon Destination at World Travel Awards

The twin-island state of Antigua & Barbuda confirmed its title as the 'Romance Capital of the Caribbean' when the destination was conferred as the "Caribbean's Leading Honeymoon Destination" at the 20th Anniversary of the World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas Gala Ceremony held on September 14th 2013. The elite travel awards event which is known as the "Oscars" of the travel industry recognizes and awards excellent performance throughout various areas of the world travel and tourism industry.

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Thursday 08th of August 2013: American Airlines to increase service from JFK to daily flights from November 21st.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation in conjunction with the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority is pleased to announce that, effective November 21st, 2013 through March 31st, 2014, American Airlines will increase its New York, JFK service into Antigua & Barbuda to operate daily.

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013: Three local resorts capture Travel and Leisure awards

Three of Antigua and Barbuda's luxury resorts have ranked among the top 25 in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas category in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2013.

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013: Grand Pineapple host Lights on Day Camp
Participants in Lights on Day Camp were treated to a special afternoon at Grand Pineapple Beach Resort on Thursday, July 25.  More than 15 campers were given a comprehensive resort tour which enabled them to view hotel rooms and learn about the various department's that comprise the property. 

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013: Six scholarships awarded to Young Antiguans to study at the ABHTI

Six Antiguan women have been awarded full scholarships by the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) to pursue associate degrees at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).

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Tuesday 23rd of July 2013: Antigua & Barbuda Makes its Debut on the World Stage

With approximately 8 million viewers world-wide tuning in, the beautiful islands of Antigua & Barbuda will take centre stage as the romantic backdrop for the ABC Television primetime reality series, The Bachelorette.

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Monday 22nd of July 2013: The Sandals Foundation Celebrates Nelson Mandela Day

The Sandals Foundation commemorated the globally-recognized Mandela Day by educating more than 300 children about the life and works of former South African President Nelson Mandela on July 18.

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Friday 19th of July 2013: CHTA President Calls for More Financial Support
President of the Caribbean Hotels and Tourist Association, Richard Doumeng, wants governments to put up more money to help fight regions that have cashed in on the warm weather destination model that, for years, was a pillar of the Caribbean brand.

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Friday 19th of July 2013: Andrew Headley Returns as AHTA Chairman

Despite persistent challenges facing the industry, the newly re-elected chairman of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association remains undaunted and said he intends to forge ahead with training and destination marketing during his two-year stint.

"We will continue to focus on marketing to identify partnerships and initiatives because destination marketing remains a key focus of the association," said Andrew Hedley, Managing Director of Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, who has been returned as AHTA head.

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Monday 15th of July 2013: Beach Signage Project Launched In Time for the Summer Holidays
School is out, carnival is fast approaching; family, friends and tourists alike are visiting Antigua and Barbuda for the summer holidays, and a trip or two to one of the 365 beaches located here is a must during this time.

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Friday 28th of June 2013: Grand Pineapple's Encore deserves an Encore
It was an evening of entertainment and flair at the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort when team members participated in this year's edition of ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence) on June 19. The competetitors did battle in modeling, singing and dancing for the enthusiastic crowd at the Pineapple Grill Restaurant and Bar . With this year's theme being "GPA Stars shine bright," the contestants did not disappoint and the talent was in abundance.

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Tuesday 25th of June 2013: Destination wedding showcases an array of local talent

Jennifer Stewart and Daniel Duguay received the wedding of their dreams as winners of the 2013 Destination Wedding. Last Saturday, the Canadian couple selected as this year's winners of the annual wedding contest, exchanged vows in the presence of friends and family, as well as tourism officials and stakeholders.

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Tuesday 25th of June 2013: Grand Pineapple hosts Beautiful People Pageant Contestants
Guests and management from Grand Pineapple Beach Resort got a special treat when the contestants from the first ever 'Beautiful People Pageant' joined them for a private cocktail on Monday, June 17.  Adorned in colourful dresses and elegant sashes, the six beauties enjoyed mingling with the diverse group of visitors who were able to witness a slice of Antigua's carnival during their vacation.  "It was great hosting the contestants and our guests were thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with them in such a meaningful way.  We anticipate a fantastic competition and the management team is looking forward to the big night on June 30," commented Grand Pineapple’s Hotel Manager O'Brian Heron.

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Tuesday 11th of June 2013: A & B Chefs Showcase the Pride and Passion of the Destination
Two New York based, Antiguan and Barbudan chefs, joined more than a dozen Caribbean culinary masters in spicing up the Caribbean Week celebrations last week in New York City. Shawnee Braggs and Melvin Myers participated in a program of cooking demonstrations that showcased the culinary heritage of the Caribbean, as well as the flavors and aromas of the region. The week long showcase of Caribbean culinary talent was part of Bloomingdale's Department Stores "Fashionable Happenings" staged at various store locations throughout the tri-state area.

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Saturday 04th of May 2013: State Insurance to Cover Hotel Workers

In a momentous arrangement, Antigua & Barbuda's hotel workers will receive enhanced medical coverage from State Insurance Corporation (SIC), under a Memorandum of Understanding brokered with the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) and the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU).

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Thursday 02nd of May 2013: ABTA Partners with NBC6 Miami for The Ultimate Honeymoon Campaign, 2013
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) has partnered with Elite Island Resorts, NBC6 South Florida and American Airlines for the Ultimate Honeymoon campaign 2013.

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Wednesday 01st of May 2013: Whitehall High School Football Team makes a difference

Through the Sandals Foundation, the Whitehall High School Football team all the way from Pennsylvania, USA, donated 40 backpacks full of school supplies, along with two suitcases of books and teaching supplies to Willikies Primary School. The team also donated 16 soccer balls, 14 team uniforms, two dozen socks, 40 pairs of cleats and a pop up goal to the women’s national under-17 and under-20 football teams.  Meanwhile, goalkeeper Kelsey Himmelwright saved more than a dozen of her jersey's to be included in the donation.

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Friday 26th of April 2013: Antiguan hotelier says recent quarter business was the best in over 20 years

Rob Barrett, the CEO and operator of Antigua resorts  St. James's Club , Galley Bay Resort and Verandah Resort & Spa, spoke recently about the overall improved state of tourism on island. 

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Thursday 25th of April 2013: "April is Marine Awareness Month"- Sandals Foundation reaches out to 2,000 Sandals guests and children

Throughout the month of April 2,000 students and Sandals Resorts guests were exposed to some of the unique aquatic ecosystems in the Caribbean, and taught the importance of the preservation of marine life.

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Tuesday 23rd of April 2013: Cedar Grove Primary School Library reopens

Ecstatic Cedar Grove Primary School students witnessed the reopening of their school library on Friday, April 19.  The $6000 library project was funded by the Sandals Foundation.

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Friday 19th of April 2013: Tourism Authority Begins Promotions for Antigua Carnival 2013

Dubbed as the 'Caribbean's Greatest Summer Festival', Antigua's Carnival is being promoted earlier than usual this year, in what is expected to be one of the country's most anticipated showings yet. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has already begun initiatives on its promotional schedule leading up to the carnival season later this year.

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Thursday 18th of April 2013: Curtain Bluff guests make donation to Lime Old Road

At a small ceremony on Monday a family staying at the Curtain Bluff Resort donated football equipment for the youth development programme of national football champions Lime Old Road.The gear consisted of balls, boots, socks, jerseys, and a commitment to have more gear donated in the future.

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Tuesday 16th of April 2013: Young Antiguans celebrated as tourism's future at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa

Forty-five young Antiguans were celebrated at their Trainee Graduation at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa on April 12th, 2013. "This is a new, rigorous, three-month Trainee Program, incorporating practical, on-the-job training with organized classroom Customer Service and Standard Operating Procedures sessions," says Alex Browne the resort's Training & Standards Manager. "Trainees were attached directly to their chosen area of interest include Food & Beverage, Front Office, Concierge, Accounts and the Housekeeping where they were monitored and assessed by their department heads and supervisors. Many excelled and were able to take up jobs within the hotel and also the industry as trained young professionals."

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Sunday 14th of April 2013: Grand Pineapple's Prestige Awards Delights
It was an evening of elegance and flair as team members strutted their stuff down the red carpet at Grand Pineapple Beach Resort’s annual Prestige Awards.  The black tie affair was hosted by radio personality Sly J. and special invited guests included Neil Forrester from the Antigua Hotel and Tourism Association and Senator Chester Hughes. 

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Wednesday 10th of April 2013: Guests treated like Royalty at Sandals Grande Antigua's Reunion Week

It was an extraordinary REUNION WEEK (April 1-5) at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa with activities to wet the appetite of the 280 guests.  They came from near and far to partake in a wide range of events including a beach bash, a delicious chocolate buffet, pool Olympics, a nature walk, a Gala Masquerade Cocktail and Dinner and a Dancing Under the Stars White Party.  "This is an opportunity for us to give back to our Sandals Select Guests who come here year after year and our dedicated team members always go the extra mile to ensure that they go home with memories that will last them a lifetime," commented an elated General Manager, Gerald Christ.

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Sunday 03rd of March 2013: WestJet Airlines Extends its Flight Service for Summer 2013

Canadian air-carrier WestJet Airlines has confirmed that it will extend its flying schedule into Antigua and Barbuda into the summer months. This move shows a vote of confidence by Westjet in the destination, by operating its Toronto to Antigua flight all year through to October 26, 2013. WestJet has been a popular low-cost option for those travelling to and from Canada, and has seen consistently heavy flight loads to and from Antigua since the addition of the route in late October 2012.

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Monday 25th of February 2013: Celebrities surprise couple at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
A recent wedding at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa was made extra special for a Canadian couple when celebrities Ally Mills Bean and Orson Bean offered to be their witnesses.

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Thursday 21st of February 2013: Sandals Foundation Rockersville/Gray's Green Basketball Awards Banquet Reaches new heights

Excitement prevailed at the Multipurpose Cultural Center during the Sandals Foundation Rockersville Grays Green Basketball League Banquet on Monday. Coordinators Bobby Joseph and Jasmin Underwood Joseph pulled out all the stops and paid homage to the stars of the league. "We truly appreciate that the Sandals Foundation has shown their commitment and support to the league because it has enabled us to have a high level of professionalism coupled with high caliber players who represent several communities across the nation," said an elated Mrs. Underwood Joseph.

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Friday 08th of February 2013: Spring into Free Adventures at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is adding some adventure to their Caribbean beach vacations this spring, offering two free excursions with a stay of four nights or more. Expanding Jolly Beach's already impressive roster of activities and value-added extras as part of the new "Get Into the Beach of It" program.

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Friday 08th of February 2013:

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council.

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Friday 01st of February 2013: Grand Pineapple salutes Sandals Corporate University Graduates
Twenty six team members at Grand Pineapple Beach Resort were the first to receive their Sandals Corporate University (SCU) Certificates at a graduation ceremony held last Thursday.

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Wednesday 23rd of January 2013: Sandals Foundation hands over lunch shed to Willikies Primary School
The students of Willikies Primary School now have a brand new eating facility after the Sandals Foundation handed over the lunch shed that was built for them in an official ceremony on Thursday, January 17.

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Wednesday 23rd of January 2013: Antigua and Barbuda Records A Quarter Million Tourists in 2012

Antigua and Barbuda's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. John Maginley, is optimistic with the performance of the tourism sector in 2012, and the prospects that the future holds for the industry in the coming months.

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Wednesday 19th of December 2012: Ministry of Tourism recognizes "Nationals at Heart", Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Cable

Set amidst the scenic background of Falmouth Harbor, the sun-tattered flag of the twin Island state flew high, protruding from the side of the quaint seaside bungalow.

The occasion was celebratory and the gathering consisted of staff and officials of the Ministry of Tourism who deemed it necessary to recognize a couple who has made Antigua their playground for numerous years.

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Thursday 13th of December 2012: Antigua to host the Naniki Jazz Safari, 2013

Romance Capital of the Caribbean, Antigua & Barbuda, will take centre stage next March, 2013 when it hosts a weekend of classic Jazz entertainment with the Naniki Jazz Safari. The Naniki Jazz Safari is a new and unique cultural tourism event which fuses music and music education as an exceptional series of jazz events throughout the Caribbean region.

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Tuesday 11th of December 2012: Carib World Travel attends EIBTM 2012, 27 -29 Nov, Barcelona, Spain

Global Meetings and Events Exhibition (EIBTM) is described as a five star opportunity for the global meeting and events industry. Carib World Travel (CWT) was the lone OECS exhibitor at this dynamic three day business focused exhibition which was enhanced by thought provoking professional education programme and networking events.

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Tuesday 04th of December 2012: Last Minute Christmas and New Year All-Inclusive Antigua Travel Deal Starting at $122.00 makes this the Season to be Jolly on the Beach
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa has announced a last-minute sale, one that's sure to get anyone still undecided about a Christmas and New Year Caribbean getaway packing their bathing suits.

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Tuesday 27th of November 2012: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Launches 2nd Annual Contest to Celebrate Love
It's time for lovers to once again share their stories as Jolly Beach Resort & Spa launches their 2nd Annual Celebrate Love Contest. On Valentine's Day the resort will award a 7-night all-inclusive stays for two and very special extras, to the couple who wins their heart by sharing their most romantic moment

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Friday 23rd of November 2012: 20 Canadian Travel Agents Visit Antigua and Barbuda for WestJet Vacations FAM Trip

As the most recent addition to airlift into Antigua & Barbuda, WestJet Airlines through its subsidiary WestJet Vacations recently introduced 20 of its leading Canadian-based travel agents to the Antigua Tourism Market through a Familiarization (FAM) Trip.

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Friday 23rd of November 2012: Hermitage Bay Cops 2012 Coveted Industry Award

Absolute Paradise: Rustic, Understated Luxury... some of the reasons Hermitage Bay has won the Best Luxury Hotel, Caribbean Award from Flight Centre Limited, formerly LIBGO.

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Wednesday 21st of November 2012: A Success Story for AHTA

The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association's scholarship programme aimed at molding the next generation of tourism professionals, continues to bear fruit.

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Tuesday 20th of November 2012: Caribbean Nations Unite to Offer Unprecedented Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Three Caribbean nations have joined forces to offer an unprecedented Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal that is sure to attract a large audience of US travelers. Through cooperation between the public and private sectors, the tourism boards and hotel associations of Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua are offering 20% off virtually any hotel or resort when booked through their official websites. This is the first time that Caribbean nations are working together in a unified promotion to attract visitors.

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Friday 09th of November 2012: AHTA Donates to CHTAEF Haiti Fund
Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) have been made available by the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) to assist students from the earthquake-raved country of Haiti

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Wednesday 07th of November 2012: New global presence for Antigua and Barbuda for 2013

"Ensuring that holiday-makers are able to access Antigua and Barbuda with just one click from any location, at any time", said Minister of Tourism the Honourable John Maginley, is just one of the driving factors behind the creation of Antigua and Barbuda’s new integrated online and mobile strategy.

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Wednesday 07th of November 2012: Beautiful Barbuda magazine celebrates its Fifth Anniversary issue at London's World Travel Market
Monday afternoon saw the official launch of one of the island's premiere travel guide – Beautiful Barbuda Magazine at the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Booth at the annual World Travel Market (WTM) at the Excel Centre in London. The guide is in its fifth year and is produced by Antiguan-owned publishing firm, Isle Gems Publications.

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Thursday 01st of November 2012: Antigua and Barbuda Promoted to North Americans
The twin island paradise was recently promoted during two tradeshows in the United States and Canada

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Sunday 21st of October 2012: Industry workers receive Customer Service training
Everyone will agree that customer service is one of the most important areas of a company's overall strategy in conducting business. Without customers you really don't have a business.

With this concept at the heart of the tourism industry, the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) has been hosting a series of training workshops based around Customer Service.

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Thursday 11th of October 2012: Tourism Authority's 'Love in Antigua' is here!

All systems are go for this weekend's 'Love in Antigua' activities to be headlined by international, award-winning event and wedding designer, Preston Bailey. Dubbed the 'ultimate Caribbean destination-wedding planning event', hundreds of persons locally and internationally are expected to attend to gain insight on the trends of the "modern bride".

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Wednesday 26th of September 2012: Stakeholders to meet to combat Lethal Yellowing
As the palm disease Lethal Yellowing continues to ravage the trees on the north western side of the island, stakeholders will be convening at Sandals Grande Antigua on Friday morning for a workshop organized by the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association and the Plant Protection Unit.

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Wednesday 26th of September 2012: Food and Beverage Professionals prepare Food Safety Certification
As tourism-related businesses in Antigua and Barbuda get ready for the upcoming tourist season, food and beverage professionals will be converging on the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training institute (ABHTI) from next Monday to achieve certification in food safety.

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Tuesday 25th of September 2012: AHTA Donates to Historic Landmark

The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association continues to fulfill one of its objectives, that is, to improve the quality and consistency of all tourism related products.

In an effort to help with the preservation of the nation’s history, AHTA presented a much needed donation to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.

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Thursday 13th of September 2012: Antigua and Barbuda Sources Additional Airlift with new WestJet Service from Canada

In preparation for the upcoming tourist winter season, tourism stakeholders on island eagerly anticipate the arrival of a new addition to the Canadian tourist market. WestJet Airlines is set to join the other airlines serving Antigua, with twice weekly flights out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport starting October 28th.

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Monday 10th of September 2012: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Partners with TripAdvisor

Global travel website Tripadvisor has been chosen as a partner for an upcoming global Antigua and Barbuda tourism ad campaign to run throughout the fall and winter travel season of 2012-2013. This follows the continuing trend towards an aggressive online marketing strategy, to increase awareness and arrivals to the destination.

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Monday 09th of July 2012: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Raises the Bar with Wedding Packages styled by Antiguan Artist Mark Brown

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa raises the bar with wedding designs by Mark Brown, two new packages for brides and grooms who want the glamour of a traditional wedding coupled with a beautiful destination beach setting. The concepts for these packages are designed by Mark Brown one of Antigua and Barbuda's leading contemporary artists and a 2007 National Youth Award winner.

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Friday 06th of July 2012: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa the Top Way to Save This Summer says BudgetTravel.com and Travel Authority Peter Greenberg
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is this summer’s top way to save according to two of the most influential and in-the-know travel media sources. The resort is currently featured on Arthur Frommer’s BudgetTravel.com as one of 10 Best Budget Friendly All-Inclusive Resorts.”

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Thursday 28th of June 2012: The Sandals Foundation celebrates Diamond Sponsorship of Camp Grow
The Sandals Foundation publically announced its diamond sponsorship of CAMP GROW (Gaining a Respect for the Outdoors and our World) at the Gilbert Agricultural Rural and Development Center (GARD) on Tuesday, June 26.

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Monday 25th of June 2012: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Brings Travel Agents for first Antigua Visit
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa continues its string of travel agent familiarization trips welcoming a group of ten top agents from Trinidad, June 22-24, 2012.

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Saturday 23rd of June 2012: Leatherback sea turtle's hatchlings emerge at Dickenson Bay

More than forty guests from Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa were treated to something truly special when they witnessed the emergence of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings at Dickenson Bay Beach yesterday. It had been more than 60 days since the imposing leatherback sea turtle affectionately known as ‘Lady Sandy’ made her way to Dickenson Bay shores to hatch approximately 100 eggs. In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, June 21, approximately 20 hatchlings came out to the delight of onlookers.

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Friday 15th of June 2012: Ministry of Tourism to Host Data Users and Providers Consultation

The importance of the tourism sector to the local Antiguan economy is widely accepted; and the sector has been identified as one of the main contributors to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In order to accurately capture the social, economical, and cultural impact of tourism to the country, it is critical to produce quality tourism statistics that meet the needs of a variety of data users such as decision makers, the business community, NGO’s, researchers development partners and the public.

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Wednesday 13th of June 2012: Count down to 2012 Destination Wedding Promotion

"Live Greener, Happily Ever After" is the theme of this year’s annual destination wedding. promotion, June is Romance Month which highlights Antigua and Barbuda’s strengths and unique selling points as a wedding and honeymoon destination.

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Friday 08th of June 2012: Tourism Week 2012
The Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture in collaboration with the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association is inviting you to come celebrate Tourism Week 2012 from June 17 to 24. The theme for this year’s celebrations is Service Excellence Antigua & Barbuda: Live It, Give It, Celebrate It.

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Thursday 07th of June 2012: Sir Vivian Richards, talks to UK press about his love for Antigua and Barbuda
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, recently gave members of the British press, a once in a lifetime opportunity, to breakfast with West Indies cricketing legend, Sir Vivian Richards

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Monday 04th of June 2012: Prize Winning British couple vacation at Sandals Grande Antigua after tragic year
UK Prize winners Nicola and Peter Allen are enjoying their vacation at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa after filling out the winning voucher in their local newspaper.

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Friday 01st of June 2012: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Launches Room-Only Option and New Website with Online Check-In
By popular demand, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa now offers a Room-Only Option for guests who prefer budget-friendly accommodations without an all-inclusive meal plan.

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Friday 01st of June 2012: The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association Launch Marketing Campaign with Expedia

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) and the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA) have partnered with the online travel website Expedia in continuing efforts to strengthen the island’s aggressive destination marketing programme. Expedia is the #1 ranked travel website in the world in terms of gross revenues and the number of bookings produced annually.

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Tuesday 29th of May 2012: AHTA elects new Executive at AGM

The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association held its Annual General Meeting at the Sandals Grande Antigua last Thursday 24th May. The main agenda item was the election of a new Executive following the departure of Chairman Alistair Forrest last month to take up a new position in Barbados. The Board of the Association was elected in 2011 to serve for two years so only one position of Director remained to be filled. After a voting process from the hotel membership that position was filled by Christopher Eastman, the new General manager at Curtain Bluff.

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Tuesday 29th of May 2012: Tourism Week 2012 to be celebrated in June

The Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture in collaboration with the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association will launch Tourism Week 2012, under the theme Service Excellence Antigua & Barbuda: Live It, Give It, Celebrate It.

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Saturday 19th of May 2012: Sandals Foundation celebrates Nurses' Week
Students of two schools teamed up with the Sandals Foundation in celebration of Nurses Week last week as island wide celebrations were unveiled. Willikies Primary School and Pares Primary School on May 8 and May 11 respectively benefited from visits from the Sandals Foundation

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Thursday 17th of May 2012: CHTA announces Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, as venue of Caribbean Market Place 2013
Following a very successful Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2012, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) is returning to The Islands Of The Bahamas with the announcement that the Atlantis, Paradise Island will be the host venue of Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2013 (previously titled Caribbean Marketplace), the requisite business-to-business marketing event for the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry, Jan. 20-22, 2013.

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Thursday 10th of May 2012: Martinique Travel Agents Excited to Send Vacationing Clients to Antigua
On the heels of a successful visit last month by media from Martinique, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa welcomed nine French travel agents ready to embrace the beauty and culture of Antigua and Barbuda. LIAT provided special air fare and airport transfers were provided by National Tours for the group, visiting from April 28-May 1.

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Thursday 03rd of May 2012: Optimism for continued economic recovery, Investor interest in Caribbean Tourism and Hospitality highlights 16th Annual Investment Conference
Optimism that economic recovery was moving forward and that the investment community was showing interest in the Caribbean again was evident in both the attendance and the presentations at the 16th Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC)

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Thursday 03rd of May 2012: Premiere Antigua & Barbuda Smokin Hot BBQ Challenge 2012, Announced

The Caribbean BBQ Association, on June 03rd, 2012 will be hosting for the first time, a Smokin Hot BBQ Challenge at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.

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Thursday 03rd of May 2012: Caribbean Tourism Summit June 15th & 16th in Jamaica to focus on crucial air access for the region
The Caribbean Tourism Summit & Outlook Seminar taking place June 15-16 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort in Jamaica will focus on crucial issues facing the region including creation of airlift options, rising global competition for tourists, and the importance of developing human resources to provide the service and experiences that today's vacationers expect

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Thursday 19th of April 2012: Sandals Spring Renuion Week: A Major Hit!

Over 1,500 returning guests headed to 14 Sandals Resorts across the Caribbean to celebrate the luxury-included resort chain’s 19th Annual Reunion Week.

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Monday 16th of April 2012: Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association offers Scholarships at ABHTI

The Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA) is pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year it will be continuing its annual scholarship programme for the nationals of Antigua & Barbuda by offering scholarships for the two-year associate degree course at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI) in both Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.

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Saturday 31st of March 2012: Antigua and Barbuda voted most Romantic Caribbean destination
Antigua and Barbuda has received yet another award in the weddings and honeymoon category. As the destination prepares to launch the sixth year of the June is Romance Month promotion, the destination has been voted Most Romantic Caribbean Destination in About.com's Romantic Reader’s Choice Award.

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Friday 30th of March 2012: Sandals Staff Receive Awards

It was an evening of glitz and glamour as Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa treated team members to a lavish red carpet affair for their Prestige Awards on Monday, March 26.

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Wednesday 21st of March 2012: Service Excellence among key priority areas for the Ministry of Tourism in 2012

The Ministry of Tourism will be focusing its efforts on three core areas in 2012 with the intentions of reviving and sustaining the industry which is the life-blood of the nation’s economic activity.

The three core areas being service excellence, a new online marketing strategy and a Tourism Development Plan were the topics of discussion during the most recent edition of ABS televisions' Monday Night Live program, with Service Excellence compelling prominence during those discussions.

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Monday 19th of March 2012: Sandals Foundation makes its mark in the Caribbean
Since its inception, the Sandals Foundation - the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) - has impacted 80,000 lives across the Caribbean through more than 100 community programmes.

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Thursday 15th of March 2012: Antigua Sailing Week Marine Art & Photography Exhibition in conjunction with Art At The Ridge
For the first time ever, Antigua Sailing Week will be holding an art exhibition at the opening of the week in 2012, in conjunction with Art At The Ridge.

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Thursday 15th of March 2012: CHTA celebrates Golden Jubilee with Caribbean Tourism Summit June 15-16, 2012 in Jamaica

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and to mark the momentous occasion, CHTA, in conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Jamaica, is hosting a Caribbean Tourism Summit June 15-16, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica.

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Thursday 15th of March 2012: CHTA & CTO welcome WTTC research on value of tourism to Caribbean region

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) have welcomed recently published research by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) confirming the significant value of travel and tourism to jobs and growth and the damaging effect of Air Passenger Duty to the industry. This is something that has long been recognised in the Caribbean, the most tourism dependent region in the world.

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Monday 12th of March 2012: LibGo Agents visit Antigua
As the season progresses, the US market continues to show an increase in arrivals. As the demand for vacations to Antigua & Barbuda continues to grow, twenty agents from Liberty Travel - 'Go Go' visited Antigua for a four night familiarization trip over the weekend.

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Tuesday 06th of March 2012: Preparing the next generation...
Supervisors and middle management form the foundation of any successful company and are even more essential in a service environment. However very few supervisors are adequately prepared for the important tasks that they being required to perform. Little formal training is available and most learn on the job.

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Friday 24th of February 2012: Celebrities return to excitement at Sandals
Soap opera star Alley Mills and her husband Orson Bean have been causing quite a stir at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa since their arrival on Sunday, February 19.

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Wednesday 15th of February 2012: New Trainee Managers Join the Sandals Group

Three Antiguans are among 26 young persons from across the Caribbean employed with Sandals Resorts International (SRI) as trainee managers in the organization's two-year Management Trainee Programme (MTP).

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Monday 06th of February 2012: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa Announces the Appointment of Vernon Jeffers as General Manager
The all-inclusive Jolly Beach Resort, Antigua’s largest, announces Vernon A. Jeffers as the newest addition to the staff as General Manager as of February 6, 2012.

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Monday 06th of February 2012: Pineapple Grill re-opens to rave reviews
After a three week re-furbishment, the Pineapple Grill re-opened its doors to the delight of guests and staff at Grand Pineapple Beach Resort. The re-opening was commemorated on Tuesday, January 31 in a lavish cocktail and dinner that left invited guests wanting more.

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Friday 27th of January 2012: Sandals chairman and Founder honoured with "Outstanding Achievement Award" at 2012 Globe Travel Awards
Sandals Resorts Also Voted "Best All Inclusive Resort Operator" at This Prestigious London Event

Sandals Resorts and the company's Founder and Chairman, Mr. Gordon "Butch" Stewart, have been honored with top awards at the 2012 Travel Weekly Globe Travel Awards.

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Saturday 21st of January 2012: Inside Luxury Travel TV selects Antigua and Barbuda for its 1st Caribbean feature.

Antigua and Barbuda will appear on an hour-long episode of the new Inside Luxury Travel series to air a minimum of three times on Travel Channel UK, from 20th January 2012 onwards.

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Saturday 21st of January 2012: Hit the Jackpot at the New Casino at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua
Casino gaming is now an evening entertainment option at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa with the opening of The Casino at Jolly Beach.

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Wednesday 18th of January 2012: Destination's Tourism Presence Regionally to Increase

In keeping with the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority's core objectives for regional marketing, the Authority recently hosted new regional television show Viva Caribbean, over a five day period. Televised on Tempo and CaribVision television stations, the destination is poised to receive high definition coverage, entering the households of more than 10 million viewers across the Caribbean region and the United States.

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Wednesday 18th of January 2012: Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association to Launch OTA with Regatta
The Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AH&TA) have signed an agreement with Regatta Travel Solutions to launch BookAntiguaNow.com. Regatta has launched similar projects in Puerto Rico, Barbados, Grenada and Jamaica, and is preparing to announce several more projects in the region.

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Monday 16th of January 2012: AHTA partners with University of the West Indies Open Campus to offer training opportunities

The Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA) is partnering with the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Antigua to offer training opportunities and professional development to hospitality workers.

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Wednesday 28th of December 2011: Hotel workers to receive increase for the New Year

After months of negotiations the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association and the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union today reached agreement on the terms and conditions relating to the last two years of the current three year Collective Agreement.

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Tuesday 06th of December 2011: Ministry of Tourism Hosts Annual Hospitality Career Road Show

Tourism continues to hold its position as the fastest growing industry in the world. According to statistical data, the industry accounts for 10.7% of the world's GDP. With Antigua & Barbuda as the top tourism-dependent nation in the region, it is imperative to start at the base and create the necessary platforms for the youth to understand the importance of Tourism, to learn as much as they can about the industry, to give serious thought to considering a career in tourism and to prepare themselves to contribute to giving the Industry that competitive edge.

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Tuesday 06th of December 2011: CHTA condens UK decision on Air Passenger Duty

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) strongly condemns the announcement by the British Government on December 6, 2011, that there will be no change to its Air Passenger Duty (APD) banding structure, following on the announcement last week that rates to the Caribbean will increase by 8% from April 2012, and that the UK will continue to penalise aspirational travellers travelling in premium economy, who will remain in the same category as First Class.

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Thursday 01st of December 2011: The Verandah Resort & Spa unveils new 18-Hole Mini Golf Course

Elite Island Resorts is pleased to announce the addition of an 18-hole mini-golf course at the Verandah Resort & Spa, located on the Caribbean island of Antigua. The new course is the latest offering for family-fun entertainment at this all-inclusive, beachfront resort, a favorite among kids and parents alike.

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Sunday 27th of November 2011: UK Tourist Office A-List Incentive Scheme reports EC$1million in sales

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority's UK Office Antigua A-list incentive scheme closed off for 2011, having tracked over £300,000 of reported sales to the destination.

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Thursday 24th of November 2011: Sandals Resorts receives double recognition at the 2011 Virgin Holidays Awards
Sandals Resorts has been honoured with two prestigious awards at the 2011 Virgin Holidays Awards, held at London's legendary Battersea Power Station on the eve of World Travel Market, Sunday November 6th 2011.

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Wednesday 23rd of November 2011: A & B Promoted on Fox Connecticut
On the heels of the launch of the new American Airlines non-stop service from New York's JFK to Antigua and Barbuda, the US Tourism team hit the road to continue intensive promotions of this new air service.

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Friday 18th of November 2011: Inaugural direct AA flight welcomed

American Airlines flight 673 made its inaugural landing at the V.C Bird International Airport on Thursday, direct from John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, with 118 passengers (80 percent occupancy), to begin a new direct linkage between the two countries.

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Thursday 17th of November 2011: Sensational Sandals Sports Day
More than 100 employees from Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa and Grand Pineapple Beach Resort gathered at YASCO on Saturday, November 12 for a Sports Day extravaganza. The two hotels competed in a number of events including Lime & Spoon, Late for Work, Waiter's Race, Rounders and Tug of War. The audience watched in awe as management and team members displayed their athletic prowess.

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Thursday 17th of November 2011: Sandals Resorts International hails "Reunion Week" a resounding success

"Repeat business in struggling economic times is critical for the sustainability of the tourism industry" is the view of a leading Sandals Official on the island. Gerald Christ, General Manager of Sandals Grande Antigua is expressing the opinion after over 150 tourists flocked to Sandals Grande Antigua for its annual Reunion Week celebrations last week. Christ says that whilst it has become challenging for hotels worldwide to lure new customers to their premises, loyalty plays a great role in helping to sustain decent occupancy levels.

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Tuesday 08th of November 2011: Antigua and Barbuda's New International Airport Terminal Draws Crowds At WTM
Minister of Tourism The Hon. John Maginely, today, announced the construction of Antigua and Barbuda’s new $45 million dollar international airport terminal at World Travel Market.

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Monday 07th of November 2011: Sandals Grande Antigua fulfills dream of Canadian couple

Annie Morneau and Carl Malenfant recently had their dream vacation thanks to "Fais Un Voeu" (Make A Wish) television show and Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa. The young Canadian couple won the chance of a lifetime after sending in their story to the French Canadian television show that grants wishes to people who have experienced tragedies and faced adversity with grace and dignity. Their wish was to go away on a vacation but they never expected a trip to the Caribbean. "My husband and I would have been happy going to another city in Canada so having a vacation in the beautiful island of Antigua and Barbuda is a dream come true," said an elated Morneau.

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Wednesday 26th of October 2011: Caribbean Marketing Company CTDC to build new travel website

The Caribbean tourism industry's marketing and business development unit has taken an important step towards re-launching its vacation website, www.caribbeantravel.com. The Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC) has signed an agreement with the Florida-based graphics company, Tambourine, to redesign and recreate the site. As part of the two-year contract, Tambourine will also manage the website on behalf of the CTDC, a jointly owned and operated private, for profit entity created in 2007 by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

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Tuesday 25th of October 2011: Sandals Founder and Chairman copps First Ever Tourism Pioneer Award

One of Antigua's leading Sandals operated resort has been declared among the best in the Caribbean and the America’ s while the first ever "tourism pioneer award" was bestowed on Chairman and Founder of the company Gordon Butch Stewart at the just concluded World Travel Awards for the Caribbean and the Americas. Stewart, who introduced the Sandals brand twenty years ago in Antigua, was hailed for his unwavering determination "to make tourism a force of real change and betterment throughout the Caribbean". The Sandals Chairman was presented with the prestigious award by Graham Cooke, founder of the World Travel Awards.

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Thursday 20th of October 2011: Two heroes set to headline Second annual Trans-Antigua Half Marathon
Antiguan single leg amputee athlete Jamol Pilgrim along with his Canadian counterpart, world record holder Rick Ball, will headline this year’s Sandals Foundation’s half marathon race. The run takes places ahead of Paralympic appearances by both Pilgrim and Ball at next year’s London Paralympics. The Sandals Foundation which is putting on the event has said that the two single leg amputees will motivate young people island-wide to never give up on their dreams

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Monday 17th of October 2011: Sandals and Beaches win 21 Top International Travel Awards

Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts continue to dominate the hospitality industry in the Caribbean winning a total of 21 prestigious international awards for the caliber of their products and service in the Caribbean. The awards are from three of the leading adjudicators of the performance of the international travel industry.

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Monday 10th of October 2011: Sandals Culinary Ambassador snags another Emmy!

Sandals Resorts International Culinary Ambassador Chef Walter Staib received a third Emmy Award for his television cooking show A Taste of History® during the prestigious 29th Annual Emmy® Awards held in Philadelphia, USA. The second season of the show won Best Historic/Cultural Program or Special. In its first season, Emmy® Awards went to Chef Staib and James Davey for “On-Camera Talent – Program Host/Moderator” and “Director” respectively.

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Monday 10th of October 2011: Sandals announces Mega-Travel agents fams

Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Hon. Gordon Butch Stewart has announced a major Mega-Fam program which will see 2,300 travel agents from key US and Canadian markets visit various Sandals operated resorts. According to the Sandals Chairman, the marketing program is targeting resorts in St. Lucia, Antigua, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos while exposing them to Sandals, Beaches and Grande Pineapple brands. Stewart indicated that the Meg-Fam this fall is a strong partnership with the governments of St. Lucia, Antigua and The Bahamas which have made invaluable contributions to the venture.

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Thursday 06th of October 2011: Lighthouse Bay Resort presents

The Management and Sales Team at the Lighthouse Bay Resort in Barbuda, hosted a media reception in New York City for more than 50 journalists, last Thursday. The team was joined by members of the US Tourism Team in rolling out the resort's long term development plans and exciting vacation offers for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

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Monday 26th of September 2011: Antigua & Barbuda Places 3rd in CTO Youth Congress

Cassandra Vital, Antigua and Barbuda’s Junior Minister of Tourism, 2011/2012, placed third in the CTO Youth Congress held at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) First State of the Industry Conference in St. Martin, last week, and for her achievement, received a computer laptop and a cash award

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Friday 23rd of September 2011: Antigua comes out tops at Columbian Emeralds Sales Conference

During the recently concluded Colombian Emeralds International (CEI) Sales Conference held in the Royal Palm Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Team Antigua walked away with three awards. The CEI Sales Conference brings together all the CEI Managers from around the Caribbean region and the US under one roof for an exciting week. It is at this time that new products are displayed along with discussions on marketing & promotional strategies and presentations from jewellery & watch vendors such as Tag Heuer, Citizen & Bulova . The conference concludes with the awards presentation to the top achievers.

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Wednesday 21st of September 2011: British Airways Increases Flights to Antigua & Barbuda

British Airways has announced an increase in flights to Antigua & Barbuda. The positive news comes at a time when the airline has been cutting back on flights to the Caribbean. Antigua & Barbuda is the only Caribbean destination to have gained additional flights.

British Airways released its 2012 long haul operation summer schedule on Friday. The airline which usually operates six flights weekly from London, Gatwick to Antigua will now increase to this number to seven flights per week starting March 25. The additional flight will depart on Tuesdays.

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Wednesday 21st of September 2011: National Campaign launched in UK ahead of Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua and Barbuda's UK Tourist office has teamed up with Musto, the world's number one sailing clothing brand, to highlight Antigua and Barbuda's world class sailing product, and attract sailing enthusiasts to the destination.

In a national campaign, that will run for 6 months consumers will have the chance to win a sailing holiday to Antigua, with accommodation provided by the tourist office’s hotel partner Nonsuch Bay Resort.

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Tuesday 20th of September 2011: Antigua & Barbuda featured prominently on NBC TV6 in Miami

The Honourable John Maginley and a team from the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority attended the popular Go NBC Travel Expo held at the Aventura Mall in Miami over the weekend. The Expo was expected to attract more than 40,000 people. NBC TV6 presenters were present at the mall conducting live interviews on Saturday morning and Minister Maginley provided a comprehensive interview highlighting the destination.

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Thursday 08th of September 2011: Virgin Holidays offers complimentary beach wheelchairs
Virgin Holidays is delighted to announce a new complimentary service for their customers - beach wheelchairs. Available in selected hotels in Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia, these specially designed chairs allow customers who have walking difficulties or are wheelchair user’s, easy access onto the beach and into the ocean. These tricked-out chairs come complete with extra chunky beach-friendly wheels, sunshades and storage for beach essentials.

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Wednesday 07th of September 2011: Carlisle Bay receives top award from readers of Conde Nast Traveller UK

Luxury Caribbean hotel, Carlisle Bay, Antigua, has been presented with a highly prestigious award by Conde Nast Traveller readers. The Conde Nast Readers' Travel Awards, as voted for by the "real experts", rated Carlisle Bay as the best hotel for family friendliness in the Americas and Caribbean. In the Overseas Leisure Hotels category, Carlisle Bay was chosen with a majority vote of 92.47 approval rating - positioned as number 2 in the region and number 7 in the World's Top 100.

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Monday 05th of September 2011: AHTA Announces Recipients of the Hospitality Management Scholarships
The Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA) is pleased to announce Olivea Smith of Ottos Village and Kesse Stevens of Cassada Gardens, as the recipients of the two year associate degree scholarship in the field of Hospitality Management at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).

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Wednesday 31st of August 2011: Junior Minister of Tourism Hopefuls Enjoy a Day with Tropical Adventures

The six young persons who will vie for the title Junior Minister of Tourism, 2011/2012 at an event to be held this coming Friday, were today taken on a Safari Adventure Tour compliments Tropical Adventures.

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Friday 26th of August 2011: Antigua & Barbuda's Tourism boosted by new American Airlines direct flights from JFK New York

Following a period of intense negotiations, The Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority is pleased to announce the commencement of direct air service from JFK International Airport, New York into Antigua & Barbuda. The four times per week service will commence on November 17th and will be in addition to the daily service from Miami and the daily service from San Juan which is operated by American Eagle. The new route will mean an additional 160 seats into the destination in time for the upcoming winter tourist season.

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Friday 26th of August 2011: Antigua & Barbuda’s Tourism boosted by new American Airlines direct flights from JFK New York

Following a period of intense negotiations, The Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority is pleased to announce the commencement of direct air service from JFK International Airport, New York into Antigua & Barbuda. The four times per week service will commence on November 17th and will be in addition to the daily service from Miami and the daily service from San Juan which is operated by American Eagle. The new route will mean an additional 160 seats into the destination in time for the upcoming winter tourist season.

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Friday 19th of August 2011: CHTA Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Caribbean Marketplace
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Caribbean Marketplace - the industry event that has revolutionized the way business is conducted among industry stakeholders. CHTA anticipates that the 2012 edition of the event will continue the successes achieved at Caribbean Marketplace 2011 which saw the third largest attendance over the past decade as well as an increase in the number of crucial buyer companies by 20% and buyer delegates by 17%.

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Saturday 13th of August 2011: Sandals Foundation joins WICB for U-15 High Performance Camps

Sandals Foundation has partnered with the West Indies Cricket Board and the Governments of Antigua and St Lucia to host two High Performance Camps for over 120 elite regional Under-15 cricketers.

The two-week camps are part of the WICB Sandals Foundation Under-15 High Performance Programme, and in this the inaugural year, will be hosted in Antigua and St Lucia from today at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds, respectively.

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Friday 29th of July 2011: 18 Front Desk Representatives Congratulated on their success

A Celebration event on the Warri Pier at Halcyon Cove by rex resorts was organized yesterday Thursday July 28th by the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture to applaud, and congratulate 18 hotel employees who are now Certified Front Desk Representatives, a designation conferred by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI). The designation is recognised worldwide and is an acknowledgement of professionalism for line-staff in their various disciplines in the hospitality industry.

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Tuesday 26th of July 2011: Hoteliers show their support to recycling and ABWREC
Sustainability and preserving our environment are two keys to the future of tourism in Antigua and Barbuda. On Tuesday afternoon hoteliers showed their support for ABWREC, the recycling plant run by the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown at Powell’s Estate. During a guided tour of the facility the hoteliers learnt of the different types of material currently processed and were given demonstrations of the grinding of plastic bottles and crushing of aluminum cans.

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Tuesday 26th of July 2011: Governor General celebrates birthday planting trees in Body Ponds
Her Excellency, Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda, Dame Louise Lake Tack decided to celebrate her birthday yesterday by planting trees in Body Ponds with the Sandals Foundation and 50 eager Eco-Zone summer campers.

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Tuesday 05th of July 2011: Sandals guests dine with Queen of Carnival Contestants
Guests at Sandals Grande Antigua got a glimpse of Antiguan culture when the island's Carnival Queen contestants were treated to a cocktail and dinner on Wednesday, June 29. "This is a great way for the contestants to practice their public speaking skills and engage in a cultural exchange so we were delighted that this invitation was extended to us by Sandals Grande Antigua," said Chairperson of the Carnival Queen Committee, Mrs. Vandah Neale-Gardner. Satriece George, Latisha Greene, Jennaecia Lewis and Talisa Gomes mingled and dined with returning guests of Sandals who were very eager to meet the young women. Contestants Alicia Roberts and Larissa James were unable to attend.

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Monday 04th of July 2011: Great Cricket and an Antigua Holiday, Impressive!
Cricket-fans got more than they bargained for when images of carnival dancers and stilt-walkers, waving Antigua and Barbuda flags, swept across their television screens during a cricket match in the United Kingdom.

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Sunday 03rd of July 2011: C.H.T.A. urges CARICOM Heads to ease intra-regional travel restrictions to protect local interests, small hotels across Caribbean
In a press conference in St. Kitts during the CARICOM Heads of Governments meeting, in which tourism was not on the agenda, Josef Forstmayr, president of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), took the opportunity to focus on crucial economic factors that are being ignored, all of which could have a beneficial impact on the livelihoods of thousands of Caribbean nationals.

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Tuesday 14th of June 2011: UK Tourist Office targets Luxury Market to further growth

The luxury accommodation sector in Antigua and Barbuda will receive a extra boost, as the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s UK Office directs a portion of its marketing activities towards the luxury holiday market.

Minister of Tourism John Maginley said: "Our UK office has rightly focused on the luxury traveller. “While most UK travellers are still cautious when it comes to holiday spending, tapping into this lucrative market presents the perfect opportunity to further grow our business."

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Thursday 07th of April 2011: Howzat! Essex does cricket, The Antigua Way

"It's a match made in heaven" pronounced Minister of Tourism John Maginley as Antigua and Barbuda signed on as the Official Partner of Essex Cricket.

"We all know that Antigua and Barbuda has a rich cricketing tradition. We are known for producing some of the greatest internationally recognised cricketers. This partnership is a fantastic opportunity for Antigua and Barbuda to work with a sport we are normally identified with, to strengthen our destination brand."

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Monday 04th of April 2011: Antigua and Barbuda to benefit from increased flights from Italy

Antigua's popularity in the Italian market continues to grow. The strong growth in visitor arrivals from that country has led to Italian charter Blue Panorama agreeing to extend their weekly service to the destination.

The weekly Monday service from Milan previously scheduled to end in April, will now continue into the summer months.

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Wednesday 23rd of March 2011: Saint Lucia scores another regional meeting

Saint Lucia's popularity as a conference location is growing, having just notched up an important regional Caribbean gathering.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's new Caribbean Boutique and Intimate Hotel Conference will book into Saint Lucia from October 13-15, 2011.

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Wednesday 23rd of March 2011: Statement by CTO Chairman Sen. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt on Air Passenger Duty

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) is pleased with today's announcement by the British Chancellor that the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will not rise this year as previously projected, thus not increasing the current tax burden on British travellers to the Caribbean. The Chancellor’s statement to his parliament that the arbitrary nature of the bands "appeared to believe that the Caribbean was further away than California," is a clear recognition of a crucial issue that has been the focus of the strong lobbying efforts by the CTO and its allies in the private sector, the Caribbean High Commissions, and the Diaspora.

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Tuesday 22nd of March 2011: Over US$100,000 in Scholarships available to Tourism & Hospitality Professionals - Closing Date 30 March

The CHTA Education Foundation urges all Caribbean tourism & hospitality professionals to apply for scholarship support before March 30th and take this opportunity to increase their professional skills, experience & knowledge during the coming year.

On offer are academic tuition scholarships; short-course professional skills development tuition scholarships; 3 x one month Environmental Interships; 5-day to 15-day work placement experience opportunities in all departments of tourism & hospitality businesses and new for 2011, 5-day Eco-Operational work placements within maintenance, grounds & housekeeping departments.

The absolute deadline for applications is March 30, 2011 at 5pm Eastern Caribbean Time. Full details can be found at http://www.chateducationfoundation.com/ and by contacting your local Hotel Association.

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Tuesday 22nd of March 2011: Antigua "A-List" Incentive reaps big rewards

A UK travel agent who made a whooping incentive travel booking to Antigua valued at over £70,000 has become the first agent to make it onto Antigua's exclusive A-List.

The A-List incentive scheme created by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority recognises and rewards agents who make exceptional bookings, above and beyond the norm.

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Monday 07th of March 2011: Hermitage Bay on CNN's list of Top 10 romantic Caribbean retreats

Few things in life are as good as they are broadcast to be, but Hermitage Bay is a rare gem that actually exceeds all expectations, and CNN is telling the world that it is among the Caribbean's finest for relaxation and indulgence. Commenting on Hermitage Bay's selection on their prestigious listing, CNN states, "This sybaritic spot is a paragon of privacy and seclusion".

Hermitage Bay enlisted on the inventory of Caribbean luxury resorts in 2006 and has since built and maintained a strong, unique brand of hospitality, owing to its secluded and stunning location, interesting architecture and design, fantastic food and most importantly, its staff.

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Saturday 26th of February 2011: UK summer arrives early with launch of Summer Gold 2011

The UK should expect lots of sunshine and warm weather this spring, when the Antigua and Barbuda UK Tourist Office, launches the 2011 Summer Gold Discount Card, with a hot summer-themed soiree.

"We are extremely thrilled to be offering the Summer Gold discount cards, once again to persons travelling to Antigua and Barbuda from June 1 – September 30 2011" said Hilary Modeste, UK Director of Tourism for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.

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Sunday 13th of February 2011: Celebrity Destination Wedding will be bigger this year

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, when love will be in full bloom, the US Tourism Team has announced that the annual June is Romance Month promotion will even be bigger this year with an exciting calendar of events designed to promote the destination as an intimate, memorable and "hassle free" option for couples to exchange nuptials. The campaign positions the sister islands of Antigua and Barbuda as the "Romance Capital of the Caribbean" and the perfect setting for romance to flourish -- whether for a destination wedding, honeymoon or renewal of vows.

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Sunday 13th of February 2011: Stakeholders join forces to promote Antigua and Barbuda in Boston

Antigua and Barbuda received significant exposure this weekend as the US Tourism Team partnered with the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) and the VIP Properties to promote the destination at the Boston Globe Travel Show. Given unseasonably cold temperatures that have recently plagued the Northeast, this collaboration among key tourism stakeholders was designed to ramp up efforts to target consumers who typically make vacation plans during the height of the winter season.

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Monday 07th of February 2011: Antigua & Barbuda Honours Sixty Years of Service To Tourism

Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Dr. The Honourable Baldwin Spencer hosted a cocktail reception in honour of two senior members of the diplomatic service who recently retired, Miss Madeline Blackman; Consul General to Canada and Dr. Werner Giersch; Honorary Consul to Germany. Government Ministers, members of the diplomatic service, permanent secretaries, representatives from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Tourism and other tourism stakeholders gathered at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday 3rd February 2011 to pay tribute to the two retired diplomats; Miss Madeline Blackman and Dr. Werner Giersch. In addition to their diplomatic roles, the two also functioned as tourism directors for their respective markets.

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Tuesday 25th of January 2011: CARIBBEAN MARKETPLACE 2011 ATTENDANCE REBOUNDS WITH INCREASE IN BUYER COMPANIES AND DELEGATES

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) Caribbean Marketplace 2011 had the third largest attendance over the past decade with 1,518 delegates as compared to 1,362 in 2010 and an increase in the number of crucial buyer companies by 22% and buyer delegates by 15%, up from 101 and 268 respectively in 2010.  The number of scheduled appointments totaled 11,880 over the two-day event as compared to 11,774 in 2010.

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Tuesday 25th of January 2011: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA PROMOTED AT PHILADELPHIA TRAVEL SHOW

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Team in the US continues its intensive promotional initiatives geared to target consumers who typically make vacation plans during the height of the winter season.

Last weekend the destination was promoted the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The event featured more than 300 exhibitors in the travel industry and attracted more than 15,000 consumers who ventured out in record low temperatures to take advantage of "show only" specials and incentives that were being offered to help propel demand for travel. The US Tourism team was joined by a representative from Rex Resorts in promoting the destination, providing product updates, specials and exciting giveaways.

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Monday 17th of January 2011: Tourism Cadets successfully complete Internship

Several Graduates of the 2010 Antigua Barbuda Tourism Cadet Corps Programme successfully completed internship at some of the islands most established hotels.  The students who currently attend the Antigua State College, Clare Hall Secondary School, Antigua Girls High School and the Ottos Comprehensive School came together last week to share and discuss their experiences.  For many, their one-week internship was extended to two weeks.

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Monday 17th of January 2011: Celebrity weds in Antigua and Barbuda

The secret is out! People Magazine announced this week that awarding winning country music artist and television personality, Kellie Pickler, chose Antigua and Barbuda as the venue for her well concealed nuptials on New Year’s Day. Following the release of exclusive wedding photos by the happy couple on Twitter, Antigua and Barbuda continues to get significant media coverage in a number of lifestyle magazines, television networks and on-line blogs.

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Thursday 06th of January 2011: Valuable tourism & hospitality scholarships application period now open

The CHTA Education Foundation opened it's 2011 Application Period today with a completely electronic system in place via their website http://www.chtaeducationfoundation.com/ . Tom Pas, Chairman, encouraged Tourism & Hospitality Professionals and potential industry stars to visit the website and read all the different pages; particularly of interest are the past Scholar stories, the Named Scholarships listing and the Info-Sheet that gives clear guidelines for completing the application form along with a comprehensive listing of affiliated & non-affiliated institutions the Education Foundation supports.

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Wednesday 22nd of December 2010: Local hotels highly rated by leading US magazines

The destination of Antigua and Barbuda has a little more to celebrate this season. The editors of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines, two leading trade publications, have both included properties in Antigua and Barbuda in their eagerly anticipated annual awards list.

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Thursday 16th of December 2010: Caribbean Airlines Flight 429 Touches Down in Antigua

A short welcome ceremony was held at the VC Bird International Airport yesterday evening to mark the arrival of the much anticipated inaugural Caribbean Airlines flight 429 from New York. The non-stop flight was greeted by a high powered delegation headed by the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer. Also on hand to toast the arrival of the new flight were Minister of Finance & the Economy, Hon. Harold Lovell, Chairman of the Tourism Authority Ted Isaac, CEO of the Tourism Authority, Colin C. James, General Manager of the Hotel Association, Neil Forrester and Caribbean Airlines, Corporate Communications Manager, Laura Asbjornsen.

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Thursday 09th of December 2010: Tourism Officials Welcome Jet Blue Executives to Antigua & Barbuda
Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation, the Hon. John Maginley and other tourism officials were at the VC Bird International Airport on Wednesday 8th December 2010 to welcome senior executives from Jet Blue Airlines who arrived in Antigua for a short familiarization visit. The two executives Chad Meyerson, Director of Global Sales and Scott Laurence, Vice President of Planning spent the afternoon in discussions with officials from the Ministry of Tourism, the Tourism Authority, the Airport Authority and other tourism private sector stakeholders.

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Friday 03rd of December 2010: Antigua and Barbuda celebrates sunshine opening of new Chelmsford office

As the UK and Essex region experiences record cold temperatures below freezing, the tropical paradise of Antigua and Barbuda has moved its UK tourist office to Chelmsford. 

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority announced the move by hosting an event for local media including ITV Anglia and travel agents to bring the sunshine feeling of the destination to Chelmsford.  The event is to be featured on the ITV prime-time evening news bulletin on the top commercial TV network station, which will provide peak exposure of the destination to an audience of over 5 million viewers.

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Wednesday 10th of November 2010: Antigua and Barbuda off to a flying start at WTM

Minister of Tourism, The Honourable John Maginley is describing the first two days of World Travel Market as "very productive" with the 2011 outlook for Antigua and Barbuda being "significantly better than last year".

A full delegation of tourism stakeholders from Antigua and Barbuda are currently at Excel, London for the four day event considered the premier global show for the travel industry with over 40,000 travel industry professionals in attendance.  Antigua and Barbuda’s newly designed stand with its improved functionality was a buzz of activity with the destination’s tourism officials and hotel partners'.

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Sunday 07th of November 2010: Aantigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials plan 2010/2011 Tourism Season at WTM
Antigua and Barbuda will have a major presence at this year's World Travel Market, the world's leading travel trade exhibition being held in London from November 8 - November 11. 

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Wednesday 03rd of November 2010: Official Statement from the Hon. John Maginley Minister of Tourism Antigua and Barbuda in Commemoration of Caribbean Tourism Day
President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, of Brazil, at the Latin America and Caribbean Youth Leadership Summit in Brazil in 2005 said "We know that humankind always pursues the future with hope. And the most illuminated window that moves us forward is the youth." In a world of cynicism, distrust, and suspicion, this statement signals a sense of hope that all in not lost; That the future of Caribbean tourism and our Caribbean societies in general are in safe hands. The young people of this region constitute approximately 35 percent of the region's population.

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Wednesday 03rd of November 2010: Antigua and Barbuda takes the lion share of Media Awards at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation's (CTO) Caribbean Week in Toronto, Canada and announces additional airlift for the destination.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials have just concluded another successful showcasing of the destination at a weeklong celebration of the sights, sounds, culture and unique vacation experience of the region, held in Toronto from October 23rd to 29th. The delegation led by CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James, included the country’s Head of Tourism for Canada Ms Erica Henry Jackman, Stanley Chambers from the USA office and General Manager of the Antigua Hotel and Tourist Association Neil Forrester. The team conducted vital meetings and negotiations with one of Canada’s largest online tour operator, ITravel 2000 and other airline partners.

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Thursday 21st of October 2010: Barbuda Described as A Romantic Getaway and Celebrity Pick

As the destination promotions continue to intensify in North America in preparation for the winter season, the sister island of Barbuda, continues to be the "icing shot" of the twin island package. This dream destination, which features "remoteness" and "seclusion" as two of its unique selling points, recently received a "nod of approval" from two major publications and continues to get significant exposure throughout North America. While Travel and Leisure Magazine recognizes Barbuda as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, Metro News in Vancouver, describes Barbuda as a celebrity favorite.

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Thursday 21st of October 2010: Seafood Fiesta Grill-Off Competition Receiving Significant Response

The call for chefs to register participation for the upcoming second annual Post Independence Seafood-Fiesta, grill-off competition set for the Urlings Wharf, November 7th, 2010, is receiving significant response from the culinary community.

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Wednesday 20th of October 2010: Tourism Authority Encourages Greater Visitor Awareness

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority today unveiled a series of public service announcements aimed at sensitizing the general public to the importance of tourism to the economy of Antigua & Barbuda and advocating positive interactions with our visitors to safeguard and build our tourism product. The campaign which is due to begin airing on ABS television today features various representatives from Government and the private sector to deliver the message from their individual perspective.

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Monday 18th of October 2010: The Verandah Resort & Spa wins Gold and Silver Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

Elite Island Resorts' The Verandah Resort & Spa, located in St. Phillips, Antigua, won two Magellan Awards from travel trade publication Travel Weekly.  The resort earned a gold award in the family resort and hotel category and a silver award in the eco-friendly resort category, demonstrating that Elite Island Resorts stands out as the island’s premier hospitality leader. 

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Sunday 17th of October 2010: Antigua and Barbuda Promotes Adventure in New York
With the prospects of increased air lift to Antigua and Barbuda from the US for the upcoming winter season, the US Tourism Team continues with intensive promotions at many trade and consumer travel shows. 

Last weekend, the destination joined more than 200 exhibitors at The Adventures in Travel Expo at the Meadowlands Expo Center in New Jersey. The team promoted scores of adventure offerings and various vacation packages that the destinations have to offer.

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Thursday 14th of October 2010: Tourism Officials Optimistic About Visitor Arrivals From North America
As the US economy continues to show signs of recovery, with rising stock prices and stronger earnings on Wall Street, analysts are predicting a resurgence in international travel this winter. The Ministry of Tourism is fairly optimistic about the prospects for increased visitor arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda, with a projected increase in air capacity and airlift options from the United States and Canada.

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Tuesday 05th of October 2010: Growth in Visitors from UK Leads to Increased Flights to Antigua & Barbuda
The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority recently confirmed that British Airways has agreed to increase the number of flights into Antigua for the upcoming tourist season. From 26th October, 2010 British Airways will once again commence daily flights from London to Antigua; an increase from the current schedule of 5 flights per week to 7 flights per week. Even more encouraging is the fact that the airline plans to maintain a strong year round schedule. The number of flights for summer will increase from 5 to 6 flights per week with two of the six flights now completely dedicated to Antigua. The increase in flights is being driven by strong demand for the destination for both the winter and summer seasons.

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Saturday 02nd of October 2010: UK Tourist Office holds Winter Fam Trips

With the winter season approaching, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority's UK office, has organised a series of Familiarisation trips to ensure that as many UK travel agents as possible receive the product knowledge needed to help them sell the destination ahead of the busy winter travel period.

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Monday 27th of September 2010: Antigua and Barbuda Participates in Caribbean Road Show through Eastern Europe

The German Office of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority in association with Meier's Weltreisen; a top selling German tour operator, recently travelled to four cities in Eastern Europe to promote Antigua & Barbuda to travel agencies.

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Monday 27th of September 2010: Volunteers make the country's beaches shine
Hundreds of volunteers including tourism stakeholders, civic organisations, private citizens, and other groups ventured to the nation’s shores over the weekend for a mammoth beach-cleaning effort to mark the 25th anniversary of International Coastal Clean-up Day.

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Thursday 23rd of September 2010: Great Response For International Coastal Clean-Up Day

Response from stakeholders, volunteers and environmental agencies to the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association and the Ministry of Tourism led, International Coastal Clean–Up Day, to be observed on September 25th, has been exceptional, that’s according to the AHTA, General Manager Neil Forrester.

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Wednesday 22nd of September 2010: Antigua and Barbuda to Celebrate World Tourism Day
Antigua and Barbuda will join the rest of the world in celebrating World Tourism Day (WTD), on Monday September 27, 2010. WTD is being held this year under the theme "Tourism and Biodiversity", in support of the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity.

In observance of this year's theme, the Ministry of Tourism will collaborate with the Antigua Hotels and Tourism Association (AHTA), and the Environmental Division to host two community initiatives in an effort to raise public awareness of the mutual interdependency of biodiversity and tourism. These volunteer efforts will help demonstrate how tourism can contribute to preserving life on Earth and its unique biodiversity.

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Thursday 16th of September 2010: Cocos Hotel Antigua launches photo image library as Fotoseeker's newest Caribbean client

Fotoseeker, (http://www.fotoseeker.com/), the world's travel photolibrary, announces its newest client, Cocos Hotel in Antigua which has successfully launched an integrated photo image library in its new look website.

Cocos Hotel, Antigua came on board to promote the stunning images of this romantic boutique hotel which are constantly requested by journalists and travel magazines, along with tour operators updating brochures and online sites.

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Thursday 16th of September 2010: Increased Support For Coastal Cleanup Day
As local residents and businesses in Antigua and Barbuda gear up to observe International Costal Cleanup Day on September 25th, the Initiative has received the endorsement of the Minister of Tourism Hon. John Maginley and Minister responsible for the Environment Hon. Hilson Baptiste.

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Wednesday 15th of September 2010: Culinary Team Returns Home With Caribbean Chef of the Year & Pastry Chef of the Year titles.
Antigua & Barbuda Culinary experts participated successfully in the Taste of the Caribbean Festival, held at the weekend, from September 9-12 at the Wyndam Rio Mar Hotel , in Puerto Rico.  The team returned home with an overall silver medal and six other individual medals as well as the Caribbean Pastry chef and Caribbean chef of the year titles respectively.

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Sunday 12th of September 2010: Antigua Culinary Team Wins Silver Medal At Taste of the Caribbean Festival
At a prize giving breakfast at the Rio Mar resort in Rio Grande, puerto Rico on Sunday Antigua and Barbuda team was very happy to have won a Silver Medal, which placed them as one of the four national teams qualified for the individual competition. Kerry–Anne Joseph, bartender at Sandals Grande, was the only female who competed in the bartender’s competition and walked away with a Bronze medal.

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Saturday 11th of September 2010: Antigua and Barbuda to Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day

As the destination approaches the off season, it gives hoteliers and other stakeholders an opportunity to focus on revamping and upgrading the tourism product. During the off season, the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) will hold round table discussions to review international trends and practices and identify strategies to ensure that the destination remains competitive.

On September 25, this year Antigua and Barbuda will join over 100 countries in celebrating International Coastal Cleanup Day, the world’s largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. For the past 24 years, this annual event has grown exponentially and thousands of volunteers head to the beaches to remove debris and rubbish from shorelines, waterways and oceans.

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Thursday 09th of September 2010: Antigua & Barbuda Promoted at US Tennis Open

The sport of tennis has seen positive signs in breaking through social barriers both at an international level and certainly throughout the destination of Antigua & Barbuda.

Consistent with the destiation's promotional strategy to engage potential visitors at major conusmer events , Antigua & Barbuda broke new ground  during the height of this year's exciting US Open Tennis tournament schedule, and received  significant exposure.

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Tuesday 07th of September 2010: Tourism Minister Endorses National Culinary Team

Minister of Tourism John Maginley has emphasised the significant role of the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Festival in the continued promotion of our country’s culture, exposure of our culinary talents and the development of professional standards.

On Thursday, the National Culinary Team, heads to the Rio Mar Resort in Rio Grande Puerto Rico, for the prestigious competition that forms the backdrop of this year's CHTA Small Hotels Retreat from September 9-12.

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Sunday 05th of September 2010: Antiguan Selected For International Bartender Competition In Puerto Rico

It's well known that the annual, Taste of the Caribbean Food and Beverage Festival set for the Wyndham Rio Mar, Puerto Rico from September 9 to 12, attracts the most talented in the culinary art-form.  But, through the mix of talented barkeeps in Antigua & Barbuda, there is one bartender, that has risen above the rest to catch the attention of high-profile national team, and that’s, Kerry-Ann Joseph of Grays Green.

Joseph, who is currently employed at Sandals Grande as a bartender, and a former student of the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI), will face off against regional and international competitors during a thrilling bartender shakedown.

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Friday 03rd of September 2010: Chef's World makes donation to National Culinary Team

Chef's World, on Friday, donated a quantity of chefs jackets, aprons and hats to outfit the National Culinary Team that is set to participate in the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition at the Rio Mar Resort in Puerto Rico, from September 9-12.

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Wednesday 01st of September 2010: Seventeen Year Old Student Among the National Culinary Team
"It is the first time,  in the culinary art-form of Antigua & Barbuda, that a student chef is being included on the national team, which, is currently preparing to compete in the Taste of the Caribbean Competition, in Puerto Rico from September 9-12," that's according to General Manager, Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association, Neil Forrester.

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Thursday 26th of August 2010: Antiguan Chefs Prepares For Taste Of the Caribbean Food & Beverage Festival

With a goal to continuously raise the standards of Caribbean Food and Beverage excellence and professionalism in the region, a team comprising local culinary  experts, are set to represent Antigua & Barbuda, in this year's prestigious Taste of the Caribbean  Culinary Competition at the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort in Puerto Rico between September 9 -12.

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Thursday 26th of August 2010: Antigua and Barbuda promises Sunshine and Cricket lovely Cricket!
UK Listeners tuning in to their favourite radio stations during one of England’s rainiest weeks were greeted with talks of sunny weather, 365 white sandy beaches and the newest event on Antigua and Barbuda’s calendar of events, the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Fest.

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Monday 23rd of August 2010: ANTIGUAN HOSPITALITY REIGNS SUPREME AS SANDALS ANTIGUA CAPTURES THE ULTIMATE TEAM MEMBER AWARD.

Tourism Industry Officials are all singing praises to Sandals employee Nasasha White who recently returned to the island after capturing the Sandals Ultimate Team member award.

 Miss White who represented the Antigua branch of the Sandals International Resort chain, represented the weddings and honeymoons department and won the Ultimate Sandals Team member title, from among 18 other finalists selected from the pool of 10,000 Sandals employees worldwide.

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Friday 20th of August 2010: CHTA announces dynamic program, speaker line-up Small Hotels Retreat in Puerto Rico

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has put together an impressive program highlighted by dynamic speakers for the Small Hotels Retreat, taking place Sept. 9 - 11, 2010 at the Rio Mar Beach Resort, A Wyndham Grand Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.The Small Hotels Retreat, "Serving the Needs of Small & Independent Hoteliers," is primarily for small hotels consisting of 75 rooms or less, however, it is open to all CHTA members.  The conference program is designed by and for small and independent Caribbean hoteliers.  CHTA has designated Sept. 10 as "Marketing Day: Creating Managing and Maximizing Demand" on the Small Hotels Retreat agenda.  Marketing Day is highlighted by general sessions and roundtable discussions focusing on key elements and tools necessary to market a small hotel in today's competitive environment.  The comprehensive Marketing Day program has been developed by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). 

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Friday 20th of August 2010: One of Canada's Busiest Travel Web Portals To Sell Vacations at VIP Group of Properties in Antigua

One of Canada's busiest travel web portals, itravel2000 is set to sell more vacation options to Antigua & Barbuda following a visit by Ed Friel, Product Manager of itravel2000. While on island Mr. Friel met and signed contracts with members of the Very Intimate Places (VIP) group of properties as well as members of the Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association (AHTA).

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Thursday 19th of August 2010: Jolly Beach 72 hour Sizzling 50% Off sale starts August 20th

Jolly Beach 72 hour Sizzling 50% Off sale starts August 20th

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Wednesday 11th of August 2010: Hoteliers Seek To Improve Airport Service Delivery

Commitments were made on Monday between the Hon. Minister of Tourism John Maginley, the Antigua Hotels and Tourists Association (AHTA), and the Immigration department to find methods by which improvements can be made to service delivery at the V.C. Bird International Airport.

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Tuesday 10th of August 2010: FOTOSEEKER opens regional operations in Antigua

Fotoseeker, (http://www.fotoseeker.com/), the world's travel photolibrary, announces the opening of its new regional operations in St. John's, Antigua. Fotoseeker's decision to establish a sub-regional focus of its UK based headquarters supports the online travel image distributor's thrust to capture and represent some of the travel industry's most stunning images emanating from the picturesque Caribbean and Latin American region.

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Wednesday 28th of July 2010: AHTA/ABWU Retirement reaches first milestone
In February of this year the A.H.T.A. and the A.B.W.U. introduced a retirement fund for all the hotel employees covered the the AHTA Collective agreement. Realizing the importance of providing for the financial well being of hotel workers a thrift fund was set up with the ABI Bank to provide a financial cushion after retirement. Since February workers in the member hotels have been contributing 2.5% of their base salaries which has been matched by their employers.

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Monday 28th of June 2010: UK Agents have a jolly time in Antigua

Eight UK-based travel agents participated in a familiarization trip to Antigua and Barbuda last week, where they spent seven days, experiencing on-island tours, and conducting hotel inspections.

In a fun-filled week organised by The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority's UK Office in collaboration with tour providers, agents took to the Caribbean seas for adventures on a pirate cruise, buckled up for a thrilling ride across Antigua’s rain-forest by zip-line, and kayaked through the lagoons on the south coast of the island.

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Monday 28th of June 2010: AHTA awards three scholarships to ABHTI
The hotel industry is a major contributor to the Antigua & Barbuda economy and will remain so for the foreseeable future. However working in this industry is not always given the necessary recognition and is not considered a valued career choice by many young people.

In an effort to attract some of the island’s brightest young persons into the hotel sector the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA) has initiated a scholarship program for the two year Hospitality Management Associate Degree Course at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute open to citizens of Antigua & Barbuda. The AHTA is most pleased with the partnership arrangement with the Institute that has made the awarding of these scholarships possible.

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Tuesday 15th of June 2010: Get 2 nights Free and Antigua Summer Gold

Over 30 discounts and deals available across Antigua when you book a '2 Nights Free' offer.

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Friday 11th of June 2010: Winners of German travel agent e-learning programme in Antigua

From May 31 to June 7 ten travel agents that participated in the successful German E-Learning programme got the chance to convert their theoretical knowledge gained in the two courses on the island into practical experience. In total 90 agents were able to achieve a full score during the final test, amongst them the best agencies in regions offering a good sales platform for Antigua such as cities Munich, Frankfurt or Hamburg were selected by the German office and invited to Antigua. The German Antigua and Barbuda E-Learning programme was voted as one of the best destination courses for travel agencies last year.

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Friday 21st of May 2010: Antigua and Barbuda gives Summer Gold to Travellers

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s UK Office launched a Summer Gold card, offering visitors to the destination fantastic savings between June and September this year. 

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Thursday 13th of May 2010: FORMER AMR/AMERICAN AIRLINES CEO, ROBERT CRANDALL, URGES UNITY, PRACTICAL GOVERNANCE AT CHTIC 2010
The Official Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC 2010), hosted by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), concluded last week in Puerto Rico on an upbeat note despite the lingering economic situation. The highlight of the conference was a highly anticipated keynote address from Robert Crandall, former Chairman and CEO of AMR Corporation and American Airlines.

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Thursday 13th of May 2010: OFFICIAL CARIBBEAN HOTEL & TOURISM INVESTMENT CONFERENCE ATTRACTS 349 ATTENDEES; UP 18% FROM 2009
The Official Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC 2010) welcomed “a very gratifying attendance of 349 delegates” – a 18% increase over the 296 attendees in 2009, according to Alec Sanguinetti, Director General and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA). The event was highlighted by a keynote address from Robert Crandall, former Chairman and CEO of AMR Corporation and American Airlines in which he called for a new regional marketing campaign and the easing of on-island taxation of the hospitality and tourism sector.

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Thursday 13th of May 2010: CARIBBEAN HOTEL ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES DISCUSS CHALLENGES RESULTING FROM RECESSION,
The challenges facing the Caribbean tourism industry as a result of the global economic crisis along with the subsequent decrease in marketing budgets from many of the region’s tourism departments has spurred the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) to ban together to try and affect a positive impact on their own.

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Wednesday 05th of May 2010: AHTA offers Hospitality Management Scholarships
Tourism is going to remain the pillar of the Antiguan economy for the foreseeable future and the AHTA is looking to the brightest and the best of Antiguan talent to lead the way as the next generation of hotel industry leaders.

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Friday 09th of April 2010: Antigua & Barbuda returns to overall Positive Growth in Tourism Arrivals with North America now #1 for Stay-Over Visitors
For the first time in 15 months since the onslaught of the global recession the destination has seen a turnaround in stay-over visitor arrival figures which showed a 12% increase in March 2010 over the same period last year with 26,030 tourists visiting the destination during the month. Year-to-date stay-over arrivals are now at 71,238 which represents a 1.2% growth on last year’s figures. These first quarter results show an increase in stay-over arrivals in four of the destination's six major source markets: USA, Canada, Italy and Germany.

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Monday 05th of April 2010: ISMAY MASON AWARDED ORDER OF MERIT BY QUEEN OF ENGLAND
Galley Bay Resort & Spa, the celebrated Green Globe certified, award-winning Caribbean hideaway tucked into a jewel-like corner of Antigua’s west coast, is proud to announce that Ismay Mason was honored with a Merit of Order from the Queen of England represented by Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake-Tack, in tribute to Ismay’s 46+ years of dedication and service to the hospitality industry and as a housekeeper at Galley Bay.

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Thursday 25th of March 2010: Tourism Officials Market Antigua & Barbuda to Trinidad & Tobago Bridal Market

Last weekend, representatives from the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA), Anthea Watkins and Thalia David along with Andrea Jeremiah and Beverly King from the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa participated at the “I am Woman, Bridal Expo” held in Trinidad.

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Thursday 25th of March 2010: MINISTER OF TOURISM DIALOGUES WITH AHTA AND APUA CONCERNING LOCAL WATER SUPPLY

Minister of Tourism, the Hon. John Maginley today (Thurs) met with members of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA), and the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) water division regarding the status of the islands’ water rationing process and its impact on the hotel sector.

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Friday 19th of March 2010: Cocos Hotel, Antigua - Special Sailing Offer for Antigua Sailing Week
Cocos Hotel, Antigua is gearing up for the most popular week of the year on
the island of Antigua with a special sailing package for Antigua Sailing
Week taking place from April 24- 30, 2010

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Monday 15th of March 2010: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Delegation attends world's largest travel and trade show for the 27th Consecutive time
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials have just concluded another successful showcasing of the destination during ITB (International Tourism Bourse) the world’s leading travel trade show, held in Berlin, Germany from March 10th to March 14th.

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Thursday 11th of March 2010: GREEN GLOBE CARIBBEAN RESORT ANNOUNCES UPGRADES
World-famous and Green Globe certified St. James’s Club & Villas, Antigua, proudly announces significant upgrades to continue to meet the expectations of its discerning guests.

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Wednesday 10th of March 2010: Ooh Aah...Jolly Beach Resort and Spa - Watch the World Cup matches on a big screen or indulge in a big preen.

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa has a winning game plan to ensure all guests enjoy World Cup 2010: the boys watch the live matches on giant screens, while WAGs indulge in other passions, such as preening in the resort’s spa or VIP shopping trips to the stylish boutiques of St John.

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Tuesday 23rd of February 2010: Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association targets the Region
Last Saturday February 20th, 2010, the annual A & A Tours Travel Trade Show was held at the Convention Centre in San Juan. Representatives from the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association, Neil Forrester and Anthea Watkins, and Jolly Beach Resort & Spa – Andrea Jeremiah were present promoting Antigua & Barbuda as a holiday destination to over two hundred travel agents from Puerto Rico.

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Thursday 18th of February 2010: Antigua and Barbuda doubles its airlift from the Italian Market
Livingston airlines will significantly increase its direct charter flight services to Antigua and Barbuda from Milan, Italy this year.

The agreement to extend the weekly charter was the outcome of successful discussions today between the CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James, and CEO of Livingston Airlines Giancarlo Celani, at BIT, Borsa Internazionale del Turismo (International Tourism Exchange) , the largest Italian Tourism trade and travel fair in Milan.

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Wednesday 03rd of February 2010: JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY RENEWS SCHOLARSHIP PLEDGE WITH CHTA EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR 2010

Johnson & Wales University has long been one of the greatest partners of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF)  and following a meeting between Jeff Greenip, Director of Admissions for the universitys North Miami Campus, and CHTAEF Chairman Tom Pas at Caribbean Marketplace 2010, the two have announced the continuation of collaborative efforts to provide scholarships for Caribbean students pursuing bachelors degrees in the College of Culinary Arts and the Hospitality College.

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Wednesday 03rd of February 2010: HSMAI HONORS POMERANTZ PR AND ELITE ISLAND RESORTS WITH A PLATINUM AWARD

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) recognized pomerantz PR and Elite Island Resorts with a Platinum Adrian Award for public relations excellence for its winning entry in the 53rd annual Adrian Awards Competition, the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition globally.

 

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Friday 15th of January 2010: Joint Statement by the Ministry of Labour and the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association...

Antigua has been in the hospitality and tourism business for over 50 years, yet only a disproportionate few Antiguan nationals have reached top positions in the industry.

This has been a concern to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, and last week Thursday, Minister of Labour, Sen. the Hon. Dr Errol Cort along with the Labour Commissioner, Mr Hesketh Williams and other labour officials, met with leaders in the hotel industry to explore the reasons for this situation, and to chart a way forward to ensure that future generations of Antiguans lead the way in this industry.

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Thursday 14th of January 2010: Introduction of Hotel Industry Retirement Fund
The long term welfare of the employees in the hotel industry is a primary concern to both employers and the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union. The lack of any real financial provision for hotel workers upon retirement has been of great concern for many years. Many persons have given a life time to the industry with nothing to show for it upon reaching the stage where they could work no longer except for their social security benefits. As far back as 1992 hoteliers and the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union recognized that this had to change. Intervening events and hurricanes delayed further discussions until the last Collective Agreement signed in 2007 made provision for the introduction of a retirement plan and the establishment of a retirement age of 60 years. The implementation was originally planned for January 2009 but due to the financial meltdown of late 2008 both parties agreed to postpone this for one year.

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Monday 11th of January 2010: CHTAEF ACCEPTS MORE THAN US$140,000 IN SCHOLARSHIP DONATIONS FOR 2010
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Jan. 11, 2010) – Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) Chairman, Tom Pas, wore a huge smile last night at Caribbean Marketplace 2010 in Puerto Rico as he happily accepted over US$140,000 donated by strong friends of Caribbean youth & professional development towards the CHTAEF 2010 Scholarship Program.

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Friday 11th of December 2009: Andrew Hedley Named Managing Director of Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the premier manager of ultra-luxury properties throughout the world, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew M. Hedley as Managing Director of Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort in Antigua. As Managing Director, Hedley will oversee all areas of Jumby Bay, relaunched this month after an extensive $28 million refurbishment, including new guest rooms and villas, an all new Verandah restaurant and Jumby Bay’s first spa, Sense, A Rosewood Spa®.

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Tuesday 01st of December 2009: JUMBY BAY TO REOPEN AFTER RENOVATION
Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort in  Antigua, reopens its doors on December 15th after closing in June 2008 for a $28 million renovation. The new face of the resort includes Sense, A Rosewood Spa, 28 new suites, a new open-air Verandah and bistro-style restaurants and two new Estate Homes.

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Monday 30th of November 2009: SEARCH ANTIGUA ACHIEVES MAJOR MILESTONE

Search Antigua Inc, Web Development & Internet Solutions Company, celebrated its second year with a bang on the twin-island state.

Search Antigua Inc. is the brainchild of Ken Shipley and developed out of many years of website building and creative thinking. The business extends services from Web Design, Graphics to Online Marketing to their customers.

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Friday 27th of November 2009: BARBUDA STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT
Antigua’s sister Island Barbuda steals the spotlight this winter with full page spreads in two well-known travel publications.

Over 700,000 combined readers of Caribbean Travel and Life and Dreamscapes will pick-up their winter 2009 copies of the respective magazines, and open the pages to be mesmerised by the turquoise waters of Barbuda and its powder white sand.

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Tuesday 24th of November 2009: Galley Bay Resort and Spa Takes Top Honors Again
Galley Bay Resort & Spa, the celebrated Caribbean hideaway tucked into a jewel-like corner of Antigua's west coast, once again has earned a top spot in Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 25 Caribbean Resorts, Reader's Choice Award" category. And, in 2009, the resort received a multi-million dollar design update to its accommodations and amenities. Currently, Galley Bay is offering an incredible all-inclusive double occupancy nightly rate of $499, inclusive of tax and service through December 20, 2009. Through March 2010, guests can save up to 30 percent off of the nightly double occupancy all-inclusive rate, $965, depending on travel dates.

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Sunday 15th of November 2009: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MEANS BUSINESS AT WORLD TRAVEL MARKET

Antigua and Barbuda is making its presence felt this week in London at World Travel Market.

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Saturday 14th of November 2009: UK TRAVEL WRITER WINS AWARD FOR ARTICLE ON HERMITAGE BAY

Antigua & Barbuda’s Tourism Department has recognised Fiona Sims as Travel Writer of the Year for her article on Hermitage Bay.  Ms Sims’ article “Finding a Food Paradise in Antigua” was printed in The Times in March 2009.

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Tuesday 20th of October 2009: CURTAIN BLUFF RESORT ON CONDE NAST'S 2009 READER'S CHOICE AWARDS

25,008 readers voted on more than 10,000 properties and destinations worldwide in forty-five categories.

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Tuesday 20th of October 2009: MINISTER OF TOURISM ANNOUNCES RECORD RESULTS FROM LATEST U.K PROMOTION

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Office’s September and October UK promotion offering savings of £120 off package holidays to Antigua and Barbuda has resulted in better than expected results” announced the country’s Minster of Tourism John Maginley. The campaign was developed to help drive the winter bookings and resulted in much positive media exposure for the twin island destination with a front page banner in the Telegraph for two successive weekends.

Luxury Travel and Tour Operator, Kuoni, reported that the promotion helped boost Antigua and Barbuda into the top 3 sales destinations for late trading. During the promotion Antigua took in three times as much revenue as one of its Caribbean competitors and in the four weeks that the campaign ran Antigua sales represented over 35% of Kuoni’s total Caribbean revenue.

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Monday 12th of October 2009: ANTIGUA & BARBUDA WOOS COUPLES IN GERMANY

Antigua and Barbuda was recently featured as the sole exclusive destination at “Hochzeitswelt” - The Wedding World show in Bad Homburg near Frankfurt, Germany, base of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s German Office.

The show one of the largest in Frankfurt targeted couples planning to get married and searching for information for their special day. Visitors to The Antigua & Barbuda booth got first-hand knowledge of  why the country is a such a renowned wedding & honeymoon hideaway. However the icing on the proverbial wedding cake was the opportunity for attendees to enter a raffle which had as its main prize a trip for two to Antigua and Barbuda. The prize included, air tickets by Condor Airlines, and seven nights all inclusive accommodation for two persons at the luxurious Verandah Resort and Spa.

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Sunday 11th of October 2009: SUGAR RIDGE ANTIGUA MAKES ITS DEBUT

A much anticipated addition to the Caribbean resort scene, Sugar Ridge is set to open its doors to guests on December 1, 2009 on the island of Antigua. Leading global architectural and design firm, OBMI, was behind the project, and after more than four years and $30M USD invested, the resort is expected to set the stage as a leader in its category.

A natural hillside bordered with sugar cane is the namesake location of Sugar Ridge, which is enveloped with colorful, indigenous flora and fauna in addition to the sweet cane that serves as a base of many of Antigua’s libations. Sixty rooms wrap around the property, featuring panoramic views to the south and west of palm-lined beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, plus the neighboring islands of Redonda, St. Kitts and Nevis. The resort’s elevation provides vistas to the north of rolling landscape dotted with picturesque villages; to the east lays the untouched forested terrain of Antigua’s dramatic coastal highlands.

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Tuesday 18th of August 2009: Mango & Pineapple Magic Menu 2009 is the biggest ever.

The Mango & Pineapple Magic Menu 2009 was held on Saturday, August 8 at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute at Dutchman’s Bay. The winners were announced and awards were presented at the Mango Festival in Christian Valley on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

The 2009 competition was the biggest ever in the 4 years this event has taken place. There were 18 contestants in the Chefs Competition, from The Beach Restaurant, Blue Waters Antigua, Carlisle Bay Resort, Hermitage Bay Resort, and Trade Winds Hotel. Ten bartenders competed in the Bar Competition, from the broadest range of hotels, resorts and restaurants we have ever achieved; The Beach Restaurant, Carlisle Bay Resort, Galley Bay Resort, Jolly Beach Resort, The Inn at English Harbour, Sandals Grande Antigua, and Trade Winds Hotel.

All winners were presented with beautiful crystal trophies printed with their name and professional affiliation and the Mango Festival logo.

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Tuesday 05th of May 2009: INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN “RHYMING CHEF” TO SERVE AS CELEBRITY CHEF IN RESIDENCE AT LIGHTHOUSE BAY RESORT, BARBUDA
Low Bay, Barbuda (May 4, 2009) -- Lighthouse Bay Resort, an exclusive private island getaway in Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean, just a 15-minute flight from Antigua, announces the appointment of Barbuda native and internationally-known Chef Philman George, the “Rhyming Chef,” as celebrity chef in residence at the resort from Nov. 16, 2009 to March 31, 2010.  George recently shot eight episodes of cooking on property at Lighthouse Bay Resort to be aired nationally this year on the Canadian Bite Television channel. 

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Wednesday 29th of April 2009: Update on (Human) Swine Influenza

The current situation regarding the outbreak of swine influenza A(H1N1) is evolving rapidly. As of 27 April 2009, the United States Government has reported 40 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A(H1N1), with no deaths. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection with the same virus, including seven deaths. Canada has reported six cases, with no deaths, while Spain has reported one case, with no deaths.

There have been no reported cases of human swine influenza or suspected human swine influenza in any CARICOM member countries.

WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.

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Sunday 01st of February 2009: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials meet to discuss future plans

 

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Friday 30th of January 2009: CrimeStoppers receives significant donation

 

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Wednesday 21st of January 2009: Tourism workers invited to take advantage of training opportunities offered by Ministry
St. John's Antigua - The Ministry of Tourism in response to the global economic downturn, is offering a series of training programmes, to enhance the skills of Owners, Managers and other employees  in the tourism industry.

The programmes are geared towards strengthening the sustainability of small and micro tourism enterprises; improving the human resource capacity of the tourism sector and providing an opportunity for internationally recognized certification. The Ministry's execution of the programmes has been possible with the financial support of the Organisation of American States. 

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Thursday 21st of August 2008: Tourism Safety and Security Task Force to assess hotel properties

(August 21, 2008), St. John’s Antigua - All forty-five registered hotel properties in Antigua and Barbuda will be subject to a safety and security assessment, as early as next month.

This development comes as a result of a decision by the Ministry of Tourism to form a top-level Security and Safety Task Force to conduct an audit on all existing tourism accommodations in Antigua and Barbuda, after a recent security breach at one of the island’s hotel properties.

The forty-five properties will be inspected based on a comprehensive safety and security checklist which is expected to be completed by this Friday.

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Monday 23rd of June 2008:

ENRIQUE DE MARCHENA KALUCHE ASSUMES PRESIDENCY OF CHA, PLANS TO RAISE AWARENESS, FOCUS ON HUMAN RESOURCES

Praises Past Presidents, Intends to Reinvigorate Board, National Hotel Associations

WASHINGTON D.C. (June 23, 2008) – Enrique De Marchena Kaluche, from the Dominican Republic, has become President of the Caribbean Hotel Association for 2008-2010 with a platform that includes goals to raise the level of awareness and respect for the hospitality and tourism industry by collaborating with governments and the people of the Caribbean, focusing on human resource development of Caribbean nationals working in both hospitality and tourism, improving the marketing of the hotel industry throughout the region, dealing with the impact of airline service cutbacks, integrating tourism into the economic chain on the islands, and reinvigorating both the Board of Directors and the national hotel association executives across the Caribbean.

De Marchena took the stage and the presidency of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) praising the past presidents of CHA vowing “to listen to my constituents and get the best advice possible from the past presidents based on their own experience, their knowledge of the history of this association and the tourism sector in the Caribbean.”

De Marchena is creating a Council of Past Presidents of CHA to meet twice a year “to assist me to make this association stronger, because together we can.”

He acknowledges that “the 21st Century brings new challenges for the world, the Caribbean, and tourism in the Caribbean.  “I have always addressed challenges as opportunities, De Marchena said, adding:  “The first challenge will be the integration of the private sector for the success of the tourism industry in the Caribbean. At CHA we are going to address this issue and thereby ensure that CHA maintains its position as the leading private sector tourism institution in the Caribbean.”

His goal is to continue to set the tone, to raise the awareness level and critical role that the entire hotel and tourism industry contributes to the economy of the Caribbean and also tourism’s role as the major provider of jobs and the alleviation of poverty.

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Wednesday 28th of May 2008:

Hoteliers Participate In Cutting Edge

Interactive Marketing Seminar In Antigua and Barbuda

ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA- May 28, 2008- The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association staged a successful seminar educating their hotel members and other interested companies on how to maximize the use of the Internet to increase their global customer base and profits.

Held at the Jolly Beach Resort on Monday May 26, 2008, participants were introduced to a wide array of e-commerce and e-marketing tools by presenters from POWERi Technologies, a full-service interactive marketing company providing an integrated set of strategy, technology and creative solutions to help clients attract and maintain high-value relationships.

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Tuesday 27th of May 2008:

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA HITS THE ROAD IN ST. MAARTEN

 

 

St. John’s, Antigua (May 27, 2008) – The Ministry of Tourism, The Romantic Rhythms Festival Committee , The Carnival Development Committee (CDC) and The Antigua Hotel and Tourist Association, recently teamed up in St. Maarten on Saturday 24 May, for a destination Road Show at Le Grande Marche, the island’s largest supermarket.

 

                               

 

The 8 member delegation interacted one-on-one with the public showcasing the destination, the accommodation sector and two of Antigua and Barbuda’s major activities on its Calendar of Events: the Romantic Rhythms Music Festival and Antigua Carnival 2008.  Giveaways of rum, hot sauce, Barbuda Pink Sand and bandanas also formed part of the activity.

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Wednesday 21st of May 2008: Type title here...

Romantic Rhythms Festival reveals its Sunday Line-up

(May 15, 2008) – Romance will spread its wings from June 12-15 in the multiple award-winning destination of Antigua and Barbuda, during the staging of the “Romantic Rhythms” Music Festival.

The line-up for the final night of “Romantic Rhythms” will include international artistes Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Heather Headley, and Musiq Soulchild.

The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will reverberate on June 15 with the pulse of romantic reggae vibes from sensation Damian “Jr Gong” Marley.  The youngest of the internationally renowned Marley’s won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2001 for his major label debut Halfway Tree.  He’s majorly touted for his recent urban reflections on the Welcome To Jamrock album, which includes the smoky spiritual love ballad “There For You”.

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Tuesday 20th of May 2008:

Yepton Estate Cottages in Antigua Ranked as One of World’s Best Hotels on Expedia® Insiders’ SelectList

Expedia® travelers have ranked Yepton Estate Cottages among the world’s best hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list. The list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value.  The full list represents about one percent of the nearly 80,000 hotel properties offered on Expedia.

“Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at Yepton Estate Cottages”, said Gabriela and Douglas Luery.  “We are pleased that our efforts have been acknowledged by Expedia travelers and look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests.”

Expedia has collected the insights of more travelers than any other online travel agency in the world. Drawing on Expedia’s hundreds of thousands of Traveler Opinions hotel reviews, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 400 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide, Expedia Insiders’ Select™ is an easy-to-browse list that provides travelers with a powerful way to find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of other travelers like them. The list showcases the diverse selection of travel destinations and hotel properties.

For more information, visit www.expedia.com/insidersselect.

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Tuesday 20th of May 2008:

Hoteliers In Antigua and Barbuda Positioning
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o Take Advantage Of The Internet To Market Hotels

ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA- May 14, 2008- The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association has partnered with a leading Internet Travel and Marketing firm in the United States to bring cutting edge tools and techniques to the hotel and travel industry in Antigua and Barbuda.

Participants of the “Marketing Antigua and Barbuda in the Digital Age” seminar scheduled for Monday May 26 from 1pm to 6pm at Jolly Beach Resort will benefit from presentations, insights and techniques provided by a top team of Interactive Marketing professionals from POWERi Technologies based in Florida.

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Saturday 17th of May 2008:

Romantic Rhythms offers Remarkable Early Bird Special Ticket Promotion

 

(May 16, 2008) - A special early bird rate is being offered to persons wishing to attend the Antigua and Barbuda Romantic Rhythms Music Festival, taking place from June 12 – June 15, 2008 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

 

Starting immediately, persons visiting the various ticket outlets in Antigua will have the opportunity to purchase general admission tickets at US40 per night and US100 for all three concert nights. 

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Saturday 01st of March 2008: Fly on the Wall at Sandals Grande Antigua

Reality really did bite last week at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, as Young Hotelier of the Year, Sean Davis, was chosen to take part in local ABS fly-on-the-wall documentary series, ‘This is my Day’.

Sean Davis, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at Sandals Grande Antigua, was chosen from a number of possible candidates by senior management at the resort and also in conjunction with the Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association (AHTA), the masterminds behind the concept.

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Friday 25th of January 2008:

UNIQUE VACATIONS EXPANDS ITS PORTFOLIO
WITH GRAND PINEAPPLE BEACH CLUB RESORT, ANTIGUA
~Improved service, dining and refurbishment on tap for
value-oriented property on a great beach~

MIAMI (January 25, 2008) – Unique Vacations, worldwide representatives of well-known brands including Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, will assume the responsibility of all sales and marketing for the Grand Pineapple Beach Club Resort in Antigua, previously handled by Elite Island Resorts, effective February 1, 2008.

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Thursday 24th of January 2008: Antigua and Barbuda Romantic Rhythms Festival 2008
Antigua and Barbuda, award winning destination for Weddings and Honeymoons, will burst onto the entertainment scene as the epitome of romance, when The Romantic Rhythms Festival is launched during the month of June 2008. Music afi cionados will fall in love as the lyrical beauty engulfs the entire destination,
spreading peace, love and unity to locals and visitors alike.
This International Music Festival will be launched June 12 – 15 and offer visitors an experience as they indulge all of their senses in the allure of Antigua and Barbuda.

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Friday 21st of December 2007: Spreading the Christmas Cheer

This Christmas should be a much happier one for the little patients on the Children’s Ward at the Holberton Hospital through a donation made by The Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA).  Thalia David and Nadine Bowen of the AHTA were at the hospital today to present gifts to the children who will be spending this Christmas Season there. Sister Jacobs-Bowen was on hand to accept the gifts on their behalf and expressed her gratitude for the donation.

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Monday 08th of October 2007: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA INTENSIFIES PROMOTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES

Efforts to commence the winter tourist season on strong footing continue to intensify in the United States as the Tourism Team recently concluded an intensive two week road show throughout major source markets in the United States. The team led by Tourism Officer, Dean Fenton made sales presentations to travel agents in New York, NY, Ramsey, NJ, Boston, MA and Stamford, CT in Week I. During Week II, presentations were made in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., Tyson’s Corner, VA and Houston, TX.

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Saturday 14th of July 2007: AHTA launch CARIBCERT Certification Programme for hospitality and tourism workers in Antigua
Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association (AHTA) announced Thursday the launch of the CARIBCERT occupational standards based certification system in Antigua.  The programme was originally introduced in a pilot phase in 2002 and there are already 100 Antiguans certified through the programme.  Recent strengthening of the programme has seen steady growth within the Caribbean over the last year.  CARIBCERT is currently running in the Bahamas, Jamaica, St Maarten, Dominican Republic, and Curaçao and will also be introduced in the Cayman Islands over the next few months. Discussions are also taking place with other territories with a view to expanding the programme.

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Wednesday 06th of December 2006: Antigua and Barbuda intensifies promotions in Atlanta

In an effort to commence the tourist season on strong footing, the US Tourism team conducted a road show throughout Atlanta, GA. The team comprising US Director of Tourism, Derede Samuel-Whitlock, Neil Forrester, Executive Director of the Antigua Hotels and Tourism Association (AHTA) and representatives from Elite Islands Resorts, Jolly Beach, Curtain Bluff and Sandals made presentations at a destination sponsored breakfast and dinner last Thursday. On Friday, the group broke into two teams and made sales calls at the top travel agencies throughout Atlanta. The team was joined by representatives from tour operators Delta Vacations, GoGo Vacations, Vacation Express and Classic Vacations.

"One of the main goals of this promotional initiative is to broaden awareness in this region about the non-stop service from Atlanta to Antigua and Barbuda on Delta Airlines that makes travel to the destination easy and convenient. Delta Airlines began non-stop service from Atlanta to Antigua a year ago and the destination has seen steady growth in South East region of the United States which over the years accounted for less than 20% of the US visitor arrivals," said Derede Samuel-Whitlock.

Delta offers connecting service from many major gateways throughout the United States via their Atlanta hub. This service has increased visitors’ access to Antigua and Barbuda from many cities throughout the North America, with significant increases in air arrivals from Toronto and Los Angeles, the two top feeder cities for the Delta service to the destination.

Antigua and Barbuda was among 50 new international routes added to the Delta network in the last 12 months. Delta is America's fastest growing international airline offering flights to 461 worldwide destinations in 96 countries, including cricket countries such as India, South Africa and Australia. The Ministry of Tourism anticipates that Delta’s international network will be seen as a travel option by cricket fans who visit the region for the ICC games in 2007.

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Wednesday 18th of October 2006: Business Organizations in Antigua and Barbuda collaborate to form the Antigua and Barbuda Business Alliance (ABBA)

         

The Antigua and Barbuda Employers Federation (ABEF), the Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association (AHTA), The Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association (ABCTA) and the Antigua and Barbuda Tour Operators Association (ABTOA), today October 16, 2006, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Antigua and Barbuda Business Alliance to be known as ABBA.  This Alliance is being formed with the objective of providing coordinated and analysis-based contributions by the business community to Antigua and Barbuda’s economic development.

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Wednesday 18th of October 2006: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED AT VENEZUELAN TOURISM FAIR

                

A delegation comprising the Ministry of Tourism, Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association and the VIP Group has just returned from Caracas where they were guests of the Venezuelan Government at the 2nd edition of the Feria Internacional de Turismo de Caracas (FITCAR).

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Thursday 12th of October 2006: Gala Awards 2006

To read about the AHTA Gala Awards for 2006 and how you can request nomination forms please click here and view the relevant document.

http://www.antiguahotels.org/member.php?gf=1

 

 

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Tuesday 29th of August 2006: AHTA promotes packages to Travel Agents in Guadeloupe

General Manager of the Antigua Hotel and Tourist Association, Neil Forrester yesterday (August 24) returned from a trip to Guadeloupe, where he took the opportunity to meet with various travel agents on the island, to further stimulate interest in Antigua, created by the road show held earlier in June.

 

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Thursday 03rd of August 2006: Caribbean Hotel Foundation sets new record with US \$144,500 in scholarships to 39 Awardees

The Caribbean Hotel Foundation sets new record with US144,500 in scholarships to 39 awardees across 16 Caribbean desinations

~ Eight Antiguans among Scholarship Recipients ~

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Tuesday 25th of July 2006: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA FORGES STRONGER RELATIONS WITH GUADELOUPE

Following a successful promotional roadshow in Guadeloupe in early June, the
Minister of Tourism, Honourable Harold Lovell, led a delegation last week to
meet with officials from the Regional Conseil of Guadeloupe to discuss areas
to strengthen the relationship between Antigua and Barbuda, and Guadeloupe.

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Friday 20th of January 2006: MINISTRY OF TOURISM REVIEWS 2006 PUBLIC RELATIONS AND CONSUMER PROMOTIONS PLANS FOR ANTIGUA BARBUDA

TOURISM MINISTER HAROLD LOVELL, MINISTRY OFFICIALS REVIEW MARKETING RESULTS, FUTURE TOURISM MARKETING DIRECTION WITH YPB&R

ORLANDO, Fla. – (January 20, 2005) – Antigua and Barbuda’s 2006 tourism marketing program will be aimed at increasing visitation from the highest producing point-of-origin markets in the U.S., using public relations and consumer promotions as the tourism program’s primary marketing tools.  Plans for the nation’s U.S. tourism strategy were reviewed, adjusted and confirmed by Ministry of Tourism marketing leaders in two days of marketing meetings with Orlando-based Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell (YPB&R).

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