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Redjet Announces New Flight to Antigua

Antigua St John's - REDjet has announced that its first flight between Barbados and Antigua will be on June 6. A statement from the company said tickets will go on sale on March 14 at the promised introductory fares of US$16.99 before taxes and charges.

Servers Applauded for Certification

Servers Applauded for Certification

Antigua St John's - Twenty one restaurant servers representing 10 hotel properties were recently applauded for gaining internationally-recognised certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI). Each was presented with a certificate and lapel pin, and now carry the designation, Certified Restaurant Server. 

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.

More US Exposure for Antigua and Barbuda

More US Exposure for Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua St John's - Antigua & Barbuda’s presence was strong as it joined over 30 Caribbean countries to celebrate Caribbean Week in New York.

Regional Small Hoteliers Attend Antigua Forum

Regional Small Hoteliers Attend Antigua Forum

Antigua St. John’s – A number of overseas agencies have partnered with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) to organise a Forum for Caribbean Small Hotels which is currently under way at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.

50th Anniversary Celebrations for Sir McLean "King Short Shirt" Emanuel

50th Anniversary Celebrations for Sir McLean "King Short Shirt" Emanuel

Antigua St John's - As part of the ongoing 50th Anniversary Celebrations for Sir McLean “King Short Shirt” Emanuel, the 50th Anniversary Committee on Saturday, June 16, 2012, under the theme, “WE ARE THE ONES…” will host a “Black-tie” gala at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa.

Jolly Beach Facilitates First Visit For Trini Travel Agents

Jolly Beach Facilitates First Visit For Trini Travel Agents

Antigua St. John’s – Jolly Beach Resort & Spa continues its string of travel agent familiarisation trips by welcoming a group of 10 top agents from Trinidad.

Hoteliers To Review 2011/12 Winter Season

Hoteliers To Review 2011/12 Winter Season

Antigua St John's - The performance of the country’s hotel sector during the 2011/12 winter tourist season is coming up for review at a board meeting of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) slated for next Tuesday.

Sir Viv Says - Pink It

Sir Viv Says - Pink It

Antigua & Barbuda’s only living national hero wowed guests at Grand Pineapple Beach Resort on Tuesday when he made an appearance in support of his adopted charity, Breast Friends, and their "Pink It" campaign.

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.

Pineapple Staff Feted and Awarded

Pineapple Staff Feted and Awarded

Antigua St John's - More than 100 Grand Pineapple Beach Resort employees enjoyed an evening of pizazz and flair at the Annual Prestige Awards on March 28. Held at the Pineapple Grill, the red carpet event celebrated the achievements of the resort’s best employees of 2011.

Marley to Perform at Antigua Sailing Week

Marley to Perform at Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua St John's - Ky-mani Marley was born in Jamaica in 1976 and was just five when his legendary father, Bob Marley, passed away. At the age of nine, he moved with his mother to the inner-city of Miami, and the combination of cultures significantly contributed to his music style of Urban Reggae.

Kent County Cricket Club Visits

Antigua St John's - The Ministry of Tourism has welcomed the Kent County Cricket Club to Antigua & Barbuda. Minister of Tourism,  John Maginley, in an effort to market Antigua & Barbuda as a sporting events destination, sent Sports Tourism Officer Karen Joseph and Sir Vivian Richards to London last year to promote the destination to prospective schools and sports clubs.

Carnival Queen Visits Germany‬

Carnival Queen Visits Germany‬

‪Antigua St John's - Antigua and Barbuda Queen of Carnival, Latisha Greene has completed a visit to Germany, fulfilling one of her final duties as the 2011-2012 reigning Queen of Carnival.

WestJet Begins Canada Antigua Flights

WestJet Begins Canada Antigua Flights

Antigua St. John's - WestJet Airlines inaugurated its twice-weekly service to Antigua & Barbuda on Sunday October 28 2012, adding 7000 seats to air travel between Canada and the destination this tourist season.

Antigua Receives Significant Television Coverage Overseas

Antigua Receives Significant Television Coverage Overseas

Antigua St. John's - Recent television coverage of Antigua & Barbuda on FoxCT/CT1 Media is expected to boost tourism marketing efforts in the US .

Antigua Successful at FCCA Annual Tradeshow

Antigua Successful at FCCA Annual Tradeshow

Antigua St. john's - Antigua & Barbuda is currently attending the 19th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show being held in Curacao from October 1-5 2012.

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.

Tourism Authority Supports Team Antigua for Golf Finals

Tourism Authority Supports Team Antigua for Golf Finals

Antigua st. John’s - Team preparations by Sir Vivian Richards and Errol Samuel for the upcoming International World Pairs Final in Scotland are going very well and they have been given an added incentive thanks to the support of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA).

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.

The Destination that Time Forgot

The Destination that Time Forgot

Our national symbol the pineapple (Antigua Black for sure) graces the façade, as does the craft of Antiguan stonemasons skills passed on over centuries expressed in pale green limestone quarried from the heart of the country.

Tourism Industry Threatened by Lethal Yellowing Disease

Tourism Industry Threatened by Lethal Yellowing Disease

Antigua St. John's - The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) and the Plant Protection Unit are due to meet tomorrow to devise a strategy to deal with Lethal Yellowing disease which is attacking palm trees across the country and threatening the tourism sector.

Antigua Ranks in Top Five Most Attractive Coastal Destinations

Antigua Ranks in Top Five Most Attractive Coastal Destinations

Antigua and Barbuda has ranked within the top five most attractive costal destinations in the world. The ranking comes in line with other destinations like the Bahamas and Palau, Monaco and some British Caribbean territories.

US Tourism Market Rebounds

US Tourism Market Rebounds

Antigua St. John’s - Stay-over arrivals from the United States are on target to surpass 2008 figures.

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).

Two Students to Compete in Regional Essay Competition

Two Students to Compete in Regional Essay Competition

Antigua John’s - Two female students have been selected to represent Antigua and Barbuda for the 2012 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Essay competition.

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’.

Tourism Strives to Provide Excellent Service

Tourism Strives to Provide Excellent Service

Antigua St. John’s - Tourism accounts for 75 per cent of all jobs in Antigua & Barbuda, so providing excellent service is important, not only to visitors, but to residents as well.

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.

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.

Buzz Highlights Spa and Wellness

Buzz Highlights Spa and Wellness

Antigua St John's - Antigua & Barbuda’s North American tourism offices have released the Spa and Wellness issue of the A&B BUZZ.

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.

Jonas Gives Tourism Minister Failing Grade

Jonas Gives Tourism Minister Failing Grade

Antigua St John's - Dean Jonas has accused tourism minister John Maginley of mismanaging his portfolio to an extent that is more deserving of a commission of inquiry than even the Wadadli Power Plant or Fences 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.

BUZZ Features Yachting Sector

BUZZ Features Yachting Sector

Antigua St John's - Antigua and Barbuda’s North American tourism offices have released the April issue of the A&B BUZZ, which covers the destination’s premier yachting 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.

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.

Royal Couple Enjoying Antigua

Antigua St John's - Once upon a time there lived a handsome prince…..and they lived happily ever after…. The romantic and endearing stories about princes and princesses that we read when we are children look totally different once you step out of fantasyland.

Antigua Records Negative Economic Growth

Antigua Records Negative Economic Growth

Antigua St John's - With a projected economic growth of 2.26 percent for the year 2012, Antigua & Barbuda staggers behind its sister ECCU nations as being one of only two nations to record negative growth so far for the year.

Cort Says Airport Tax Hike a Necessary Evil

Cort Says Airport Tax Hike a Necessary Evil

Antigua St John's - Leader of government business in the Senate Dr. Errol Cort has led the passage of the new airport administration tax that will see passengers using the VC Bird International Airport paying a total of US$75 to enter and depart the country.

Sandals to Pay Out Over $14M in Scholarships

Sandals to Pay Out Over $14M in Scholarships

Making good on a promise to provide team members the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, Adam Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International has announced the granting of approximately JMD$14.5M in scholarships under the Sandals Corporate University (SCU) scholarship programme.

A Time for Nation Rebuilding

A Time for Nation Rebuilding

As the election season draws near and the timeline for a day at the polls draws as tightly as a noose around the neck of a convicted man, one thing is quite clear the nation is in serious economic trouble.

Antigua Calls Developed Countries to Stop Restricting the Growth of Caribbean Economies

Antigua Calls Developed Countries to Stop Restricting the Growth of Caribbean Economies

Antigua St John's - Ambassador Anthony Liverpool delivered a presentation on behalf of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer at the Global Services Forum in Doha, Qatar.

Time to Fish

Time to Fish

Antigua St John's - The Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Club launched its 2012 tournament at Cloggy’s in English Harbour on Saturday.

Winners Decided - Antigua Sailing Week Final Day 5

Winners Decided - Antigua Sailing Week Final Day 5

Antigua St John's - In CSA 1A, there was a nail-biting finale to Antigua Sailing Week. Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72, Antipodes won the last race of the day to take the division. Geoff Hill spoke dockside in Falmouth Harbour:

Hard to Handle - Day 5 Antigua Sailing Week

Hard to Handle - Day 5 Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua St John's - It was yet another day of episode and drama at Antigua Sailing Week. This year’s Antigua Sailing Week is producing intense battles right through the fleet with close encounters a plenty.

Former ABHTI Scholarship Student Comes Forward

Former ABHTI Scholarship Student Comes Forward

Antigua St. John's - The Winston Williams Jr. Scholarship Award Program is once again opened to residents of the St. John’s Rural South Constituency for application to local institutions for continuing education.

Antigua to Offer Hospitality Scholarships to Haitian Students

Antigua to Offer Hospitality Scholarships to Haitian Students

Antigua St. John’s – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer reaffirmed his country’s continuing support to the Haitian reconstruction effort during the 33rd Regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which opened Wednesday in St. Lucia.

ABHTI Students Sent Home

ABHTI Students Sent Home

Antigua St John's - A number of students from the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI) were barred from attending classes on Monday.

AHTA Invites Scholarship Applications

AHTA Invites Scholarship Applications

Antigua St John's - The Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA) has announced that for the third consecutive year, it will be continuing its annual scholarship programme 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.

Sandals Launches Corporate University

Antigua St John's -Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa joined sister resorts across the Caribbean on Wednesday to launch the Sandals Corporate University (SCU), powered through Western Hospitality Institute and headquartered in Jamaica.

Barbuda Stepping Into the Future

Barbuda Stepping Into the Future

Antigua St John's - The growing list of crises afflicting Barbuda send the message that the old days are over, and the time has come for the sister isle to seek new ways of stepping into the future.

Customs Announces Further Changes

Customs Announces Further Changes

Antigua St John's - Operating in “marriage” with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC), through the confines of an almost-decade-old management act, the Customs and Excise Division is reporting notable strides in its operational and service mandate.

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