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PM Attends LIAT Shareholders Meeting

PM Attends LIAT Shareholders Meeting

Antigua St. John’s – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Minister of Tourism, John Maginley, are currently in Barbados attending a meeting of the Majority Shareholders of LIAT.

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.

Daniel’s Letter – The Fallout

Daniel’s Letter – The Fallout

Antigua St John's - Inside Politics has spent some time mulling the infamous letter penned by Health Minister Wilmoth Daniel, and its ramifications for both the governing United Progressive Party (UPP) and the politics of Antigua & Barbuda in general.

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.

Cabinet Exempts ABHTI From Utility Payments

Cabinet Exempts ABHTI From Utility Payments

Antigua St. John’s - A Cabinet decision three months ago has exempted yet another statutory entity from taking care of its own obligations in honoring utility bills from the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

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.

Rotary celebrates 40 years - Looks Ahead

Rotary celebrates 40 years - Looks Ahead

Antigua St. John's - They say life begins at 40 but for The Rotary Club of Antigua this milestone marks the continuation of the organisation’s contribution to the social and humanitarian needs of the country.

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.

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 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.

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’.

Maginley Denies Loss of BA Flights Attributed to New Airport Tax

Maginley Denies Loss of BA Flights Attributed to New Airport Tax

Antigua St John's - Tourism Minister John Maginley has denied that British Airways will be reducing the number of its flights to Antigua from seven to five weekly, in response to the anticipated fallback due to the rise in the country’s airport taxes that will undoubtedly affect ticket prices.

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.

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.

Aviation Officials on Island

Aviation Officials on Island

Antigua St John's - Regional and international civil aviation officials are converging on Antigua for a week-long session on safety and security in the industry (AVSEC).

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.

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.

Cruise Business Study Underway

Cruise Business Study Underway

Antigua St John's - A study to chart the course of Antigua & Barbuda’s cruise business development over the next two decades is being jointly commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism and St John’s Development Corporation (SJDC).

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.

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.

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.

IMF Concludes Seventh SBA Review

IMF Concludes Seventh SBA Review

Antigua St. John's - An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Geoffrey Bannister visited Antigua and Barbuda during August 14–24, to undertake the combined seventh review of the program under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) approved by the Fund’s Executive Board on June 7, 2010 (see Press Release No. 10/232) and the Article IV consultation.

Olympic Officials Meet High Commissioner

Olympic Officials Meet High Commissioner

Officials from the National Olympic Association (NOA) met with Antigua & Barbuda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, H.E. Carl Roberts on Monday, along with representatives from the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism office and members of the Antigua & Barbuda Association.

CTO Predicts More Visitor Arrivals

Antigua St John's - The Caribbean recorded a rise in tourist arrivals in 2011 compared to 2010, with further growth forecast this year. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the authority on Caribbean tourism arrival statistics and visitor spend, has announced that 23.8 million stay-over visitors came to the region in 2011, an increase of 3.3 per cent over 2010.

Antigua Among Readers Choice Finalists

Antigua St John's - Antigua was nominated to qualify as a finalist in About.com's Romantic Readers' Choice Awards 2012 for Most Romantic Caribbean Island.

$12.4 M IRD Office Commissioned

$12.4 M IRD Office Commissioned

Antigua St. John’s - With an injection of EC $12.412 million, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) boasts a startlingly new facility through which it expects to collect better than 52 per cent of government’s projected revenues.

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.

Opposition Slammed For Back-Pedalling

Opposition Slammed For Back-Pedalling

Antigua St. John's - The opposition Antigua Labour Party’s majority disagreement with the government-proposed Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) is nothing short of an act designed to fool the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua Adopts New Eastern Caribbean Magistrates’ Act

Antigua Adopts New Eastern Caribbean Magistrates’ Act

Antigua St. John's - Antigua & Barbuda has joined the rest of the Eastern Caribbean in allowing for the free movement and transition of magistrates through the OECS, facilitating employment and potential for advancement within the sub-region.

Airport Names Stays - Maginley

Airport Names Stays - Maginley

Antigua St. John's - Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation John Maginley has thrown a damper on any notion that the VC Bird International Airport might be getting a new name.

Thousands Turn Out For 2012 Youth Rally

Thousands Turn Out For 2012 Youth Rally

Antigua St. john's - Schools across the country might have been closed on Tuesday but it was certainly not a day for the youth of Antigua & Barbuda to stay home, as thousands from across the twin-island state gathered fittingly at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to observe yet another Independence ‘Youth Rally’.

Parliament Passes More Acts

Parliament Passes More Acts

Antigua St John's - The Tax Administration and Procedure Act, the Embarkation Tax (Repeal) Act, and the Passenger Facility Charge (Repeal) Act, 2012 have all been introduced by Finance, the Economy and Public Administration Minister Harold Lovell, and passed in the House of Assembly after three unopposed readings.

Plane Crash Victims Remembered

Plane Crash Victims Remembered

Antigua St. John's - "Everyone who knew her was pleased to have been associated with her," said Coswell Duncan, father of Jamaica-born Annya who was one of three people killed in the October 7 FlyMontserrat crash at the V C Bird International Airport.

New Airport CEO Selected

New Airport CEO Selected

Antigua St. John's - A new Chief Executive Officer takes up duties at the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority effective October 1, ending a nearly three-year search.

Maginley Distances Himself From Heritage Quay Ruckus

Maginley Distances Himself From Heritage Quay Ruckus

Antigua St. John’s - Despite a war of words between Chairman of the St. John’s Development Corporation (SJDC) and president of the Antigua Taxi Association about whether it is just or logical to have all taxis queued and controlled in the city during cruise ship days, the former is still pressing forward with plans to regulate the system.

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.

Maginley Says Chinese Workers Temporary

Antigua St John's - Chinese immigrant workers are pouring into Antigua & Barbuda as construction work shifts into gear on the new $45 M VC Bird International Airport terminal. And with these workers comes the erection of housing facilities near the construction site in Coolidge.

Airport Staff Back to Work

Antigua St John's - Airport staff employed by the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA) stopped working on Monday to protest outstanding wages and salaries.

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