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Hotel Occupancy Rates Show Improvement

Hotel Occupancy Rates Show ImprovementAntigua St. john's - January occupancy figures released by the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) show a 5.4 per cent increase over the same period in 2013.


Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation John Maginley said while the ministry is not solely responsible for the improved rates, this demonstrates that much can be accomplished with teamwork.


"The association must be commended for the work they have done and continues to do in selling the rooms here in Antigua & Barbuda," Maginley said. "In addition, we in the ministry continue to forge alliances with tour representatives and airlines so that we have the seats to bring the people here.”


He added, "We also went out and created that digital platform that has allowed persons and businesses to interact on a daily basis around the clock. We are all in this together as we keep saying that tourism is everybody's business, and certainly we see the fruits of working together."




The tourism minister was quick to point out, however, that the numbers are just for January, so everyone must continue to work hard and find innovative ways to lure visitors to the islands.


"It's early, so we do not want to rest on our laurels and act like everything is great," Maginley said. "We must be vigilant, because as you know there are outside factors that can sway the numbers one way or the other. As it stands though, we are confident that all the work that have been done in the past months are reflected in the numbers."


The minister said that with signs of international economic recovery, especially in the UK and the United States, the improved numbers should be a sign of a positive season for Antigua & Barbuda.


General Manager of the AHTA Neil Forrester echoed the minister's sentiments in terms of not speculating on the entire season.


"It's just January," Forrester cautioned. "The trend however is looking up. We had a very challenging summer, but as the winter season kicked in, things definitely picked up for the positive."


Along with the numbers for January, Forrester said December showed similar improvement.
"There was a five percent increase in occupancy in December as well," he said. "Most of the properties are claiming improvement in occupancy for January, and they are showing signs of increase in February."


He added that with Test cricket slated for the end of the month, it is a challenge to find rooms, which is a sign of an upswing.


"It seems like the UK economy is rebounding better than expected, which may be the reason for the increase," the AHTA general manager said.


He added that with people in the UK and the US going through such a rough winter, those with disposable income may just decide to travel.


The real numbers for January, according to Forrester, are better than the previous years dating back to 2007.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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#3 JD » 2014-02-16 14:16

Thankfully our island's businesses continue to strive, work hard and aim for excellence - this is where our country's 'brains' lie (and not with our government ministers who could do well to learn from them).
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#2 Time to pay » 2014-02-14 10:28

HAY PEOPLE IT IS REALLY GOOD THAT WE HAVE A NEW HOTEL AT HMB...! RIGHT....!!!! FOR IN 2007 OUR GOVERNMENT PAID FOR THE LAND AND DID A JV WITH AN INVESTOR... O NO.. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN.....!! OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DRAGGING THIS OUT SO LAWYERS MAKE A LOT OF FEES. GAMES THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYING .. IT IS TIME FOR THIS TO STOP.


AH WE STILL HAVE NOT CLEARED UP THE HMB MATTER. SO NO NEW HOTEL AS YET... PEOPLE WE NEED A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE PEOPLE. WE NEED A NEW HOTEL AT HMB. NEW JOBS NEW TAXES. IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE. FOR THIS GOVERNMENT IS JUST COSTING US MONEY.

LOOK AT THE FACTS. IN 2007 THE LAND AT HMB WOULD HAVE COST US 45 MILL USD. NOW ONCE THE PC RULES SHORTLY IT WILL BE CLOSS TO 100 MILL USD. WITH STILL NO NEW HOTEL ON THE LAND... SO CLEARLY SPENCER . SIMON, & YES LOVELL NEED TO GO.

COME OUT AN VOTE FOR CHANGE... PEOPLE OUR TIME IS HERE.. TIME TO VOTE .. TIME FOR CHANGE. TIME FOR A NE HOTEL AT HMB...! :lol:
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RE: Hotel Occupancy Rates Show Improvement

#1 Kudos » 2014-02-14 09:46

Wait... where are all the Patriots? No joy at such good news for the economy?
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