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Maginley Challenges IATA Figures

Antigua St John's - Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister John Maginley has said the International Air Transportation Authority (IATA) is incorrect about the final total in taxes for passenger leaving and entering Antigua & Barbuda.

IATA Against New Airport Tax

Antigua St John's - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has written to Civil Aviation and Culture Minister John Maginley about what it called the “excessive” proposed Airport Administration Charge Act of 2012, which will see both inbound and outgoing airport passengers paying up to US$75, after inclusion of the embarkation tax.

New Travel Tax Casts Wider Net

Antigua St John's - The new Airport Administration Charge Tax, which had its first reading in the House of Representative on March 5, will cast a wide net when it becomes law following parliamentary approval.

Virgin Atlantic to Absorb APD

Antigua St John's - Virgin Atlantic has reportedly decided not to pass on “unfair retrospective” increases to passengers, in the form of Britain’s Air Passenger Duty (APD).

Highest Hotel Occupancy Since 2008

Highest Hotel Occupancy Since 2008

Antigua St John's - Antigua has recorded its best hotel occupancy figures for April since 2008, with an average of 63.8 percent. This year’s statistics beat those of 2010 - 58.4 percent, and 2011 with 61 percent.

Business Operators Seek Answers

Business Operators Seek Answers

Antigua St. John’s – Faced with a decline in business, operators in the tourism dependent state of Antigua & Barbuda have decided to be more proactive.

Antigua 365 Mega Fam

Antigua 365 Mega Fam

Antigua St. John's - The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority’s UK office has partnered with Elite Island Resorts and British Airways on the “Antigua 365 Mega Fam” one of the biggest familiarisation trips scheduled to come out from the UK for 2013.

Call For Lobster Closed Season

Call For Lobster Closed Season

Antigua St John's - A well-financed Chinese middleman's entry into the lobster industry has increased fears of over-fishing of the commodity, and led to calls for the enforcement of a closed season for harvesting.

Antigua and Barbuda Represented at Monaco Yacht Show

Antigua and Barbuda Represented at Monaco Yacht Show

Antigua St. John’s - The country’s Ship and Yacht Registry and Yachting Destination booths at the 22nd annual Monaco Yacht Show held September 19 to 22.

WestJet Adds 7000 Seats For Antigua Tourism

WestJet Adds 7000 Seats For Antigua Tourism

Antigua St. John’s - Antigua & Barbuda has added 7,000 more seats for the upcoming winter season, as the Tourism Authority through partnership with the Hotel Association and others finalises talks with the renowned Canadian airline WestJet.

Tourism Authority Partners with Tripadvisor

Tourism Authority Partners with Tripadvisor

Antigua St. John’s – Global travel website Tripadvisor has been chosen as a partner for an upcoming global Antigua & Barbuda tourism ad campaign to run throughout the fall and winter travel season of 2012-2013.

NBA Player Celebrates Birthday in Antigua

NBA Player Celebrates Birthday in Antigua

Antigua St. John's - Miami Heat center player, Joel Anthony, chose to celebrate his 30th birthday with his friends and family in Antigua & Barbuda.

ABTA To Provide 25 SA Certificate Scholarships

ABTA To Provide 25 SA Certificate Scholarships

Antigua St. John's - The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) is pleased to announce that it will be providing 25 scholarships for the Service Ambassador Certificate Programme at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).

Opportunity To Clean Up St John’s Wasted

Opportunity To Clean Up St John’s Wasted

Antigua St. John’s - Antigua & Barbuda is missing an opportunity to make use of the lull in the cruise tourism season to undertake a comprehensive cleanup of the capital, St John’.

Workshop Aims Improve Tourism Stats

Workshop Aims Improve Tourism Stats

Antigua St. John’s – The Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture will be partnering with the Statistics Division to host a Data Users and Data Providers Consultation on June 19.

Romance Month Promotion in Full Swing

Romance Month Promotion in Full Swing

Antigua St. John’s –  Antigua & Barbuda is poised once again to capitalise on the sentiments associated with June, the Month of Romance, to market the twin island as   a wedding and honeymoon destination.

Tourism Week Celebrates Service Excellence

Tourism Week Celebrates Service Excellence

Antigua St john's - The Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation & Culture, in collaboration with the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association, is inviting you to come celebrate Tourism Week 2012 from June 17 to 24.

Tourism Department Steps Up Marketing Strategy

Tourism Department Steps Up Marketing Strategy

Antigua St John's - A partnership forged with one of the world’s leading online travel websites and two local tourism entities is one of the latest strategies being employed to boost the destination’s marketing campaign.

Tourism Lobbying Reaps Dividends

Tourism Lobbying Reaps Dividends

Antigua St John's - Cruise tourism officials' ongoing lobbying efforts have reaped huge dividends for the cruise industry.

Video Shoot Angers Business Owners

Video Shoot Angers Business Owners

Antigua St John's - The video shoot for a Malibu Rum commercial that involved the closure of a major street in St John’s on Thursday severely affected traffic, and angered some business owners.

Forrester Sheds Light on Tourism Figures

Forrester Sheds Light on Tourism Figures

Antigua St John's - General Manager of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) Neil Forrester has said recent media reports have failed to consider that hotel occupancy and rates are two very different terms and issues.

Full Steam Ahead for Staycations

Full Steam Ahead for Staycations

Antigua St John's - With about 18 days to go before the fourth edition of the annual Staycations’ Expo produced by the Ministry of Tourism, there are  four spaces left for hospitality-centered businesses to showcase their products.

Tourism Ministry Accused of Wasting Money

Tourism Ministry Accused of Wasting Money

Antigua St John's - Several stakeholders have accused the Ministry of Tourism of wasting money with its decision to commission another study on the industry.

Marshall to Chair CTO Committee

Marshall to Chair CTO Committee

Antigua St John's - Antigua & Barbuda’s Director of Policy and Planning within the Ministry of Tourism, Corthwright Marshall, was elected to chair the CTO Sustainable Tourism Committee for the next two years at the 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in Guyana.

Development Plan Still in Progress

Development Plan Still in Progress

Antigua St John's - Work is continuing on the Sustainable Tourism Development Plan (STDP) which will be used to develop guidelines for the future enhancement of Antigua & Barbuda as a tourist destination.

Tourism Ministry Lists Priorities

Antigua St John's - The Ministry of Tourism will be focussing on three core areas in 2012, to revive and sustain the industry which is the life-blood of the nation’s economic activity.

Antigua and Barbuda March Buzz Released

Antigua St John's - Antigua & Barbuda’s North American tourism offices have released the March issue of the A&B BUZZ, which covers the destination’s cruise tourism industry.

Delegation Attends Shipping Conference

Delegation Attends Shipping Conference

Antigua & Barbuda was recently represented at Cruise Shipping Miami by a team led by Tourism Minister John Maginley. The delegation held key meetings promoting cruise tourism in the twin-island destination.

Go Go Agents Visit Antigua

Antigua St John's - Twenty "Go Go" travel agents visited Antigua for a four-night familiarization trip over the weekend. For most of them, this was their first visit to the twin-island state.

Antigua and Barbuda Showcased in Martinique

Antigua St John's - Antigua & Barbuda tourism officials have returned from successfully showcasing the destination at Salon du Voyage et des Vacances, the leading travel trade show held from March 2-4 in Fort-de-France, Martinique.

New Tax Planned On Travel

Antigua St John's - When the House of Representatives meets on Monday, a number of new pieces of legislation will be introduced, including one that will tax airline tickets for people using the VC Bird International Airport.

Airport Tax Changes Approved

Airport Tax Changes Approved

Antigua St John's - The government has presented and passed the Airport Administration Charge Act, 2012 introduced by Finance and Economy Minister Harold Lovell.

Lean Times Ahead For Cruise Industry

Lean Times Ahead For Cruise Industry

Antigua St John's - One of the main sectors of Antigua & Barbuda’s tourism industry cruise tourism is heading for lean times.

MP Shreds St John’s Study

MP Shreds St John’s Study

Antigua St. John’s - Former Tourism Minister Molwyn Joseph has torn into the master plan earmarked to transform downtown St. John’s.

Construction of New Terminal Ahead of Schedule

Construction of New Terminal Ahead of Schedule

Antigua St. John’s - Construction of the new airport terminal at the VC Bird International Airport is progressing ahead of schedule and Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Ambassador to China David Shoul as well as Tourism Minister Hon. John Maginley are all elated at revelation made on Thursday.

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