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Good News from Cruise Shipping Miami Antigua St. John's - An Antigua & Barbuda delegation recently attended the Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM) Trade and Convention Show from March 10-13 in Miami, Florida. CSM is one of the largest cruise trade events internationally, which showcases the world’s leading cruise destinations.

A release said Antigua & Barbuda continues to stand out as one of the Caribbean’s leading cruise ports of call, as the destination continues to receive increased calls from one of its largest cruise line partners.



The delegation was led by Minister of  Public Works and Communications Trevor Walker, and included CEO Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) Colin James, Ambassador Dwight Gardiner, Port Commissioner and Director/Register General of Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services  (ADOMS) Conrad Pole, General Manager Antigua Pier Group Nathan Dundas, President Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association Sylvester Brown, Chairman St John's Development Corporation Carolyn Thomas-Parker, Communications & Marketing Manager, St John's Development Corporation and Marketing Manager of the ABTA Charmaine Spencer.



A representative from Novaport International Consultants Ltd was also on hand to update the cruise lines on the recently-completed Bathymetric study of the harbour and the mobilization plans to start sweeping of the seabed.



The delegates conducted a series of productive meetings with several executives of the cruise lines, which included: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruises, and Carnival Cruise Lines.  Coming out of the meetings, Minister Walker noted, “The biggest challenge we face as a cruise destination is to ensure an upgrade of our facilities to accommodate the new larger vessels that are being deployed.”



This is a top priority because it will enable the destination to see a further increase in visitors and take advantage of the new cruise-line itineraries going forward. I am particularly encouraged and pleased to anounce that following discussions with Holland American Cruise lines, we will see scheduled second-day cruise calls into Barbuda in the not-too-distant future.”



The cruise lines were all pleased to hear of the upcoming improvements for the port of St John’s and the long-term infrastructural development plans for both the port and city of St John’s. They were buoyed by the news that all resources of the Government of Antigua & Barbuda are being brought to bear to ensure that the upgrades which have already begun for the port of St John’s and its cruise facilities will be completed in the shortest possible time.



It was evident at CSM that within the cruise industry, the destination continues to put forward a strong product. This is credited to the varied on-island tours & attractions, as well as successful one-on-one meetings with cruise executives, and increased international visibility of the destination within cruise magazines.



The trade show provided good opportunities for the tourism officials to promote and share product enhancements, and was a great opportunity for officials to reconnect with cruise-line partners. It also offered the destination the chance to share specific information on beach enhancement initiatives and improved tours and attractions for visiting passengers.



Key cruise partners continue to show their confidence and support in the destination by increasing calls for the upcoming season. Director Government & Community Relations for Latin America & the Caribbean, for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) Federico Gonzalez-Denton reaffirmed RCCL's support for the twin-island state, with whom they have an excellent relationship.



He is quoted as saying that “the trends for Antigua and Barbuda have been dramatically positive”.  RCCL provides 60 percent of Antigua & Barbuda’s cruise business, bringing over 185,000 passengers to the islands for this current season.



This figure is scheduled to increase to 216,000 passengers next season. The cruise line will also increase its overall calls to the destination to 83 calls, up from 71 for the current season. Antigua & Barbuda also scored well on RCCL’s customer surveys, receiving above average destination scores in Destination Appeal, Safety, Availability of Things to See, and Overall Visitor Satisfaction. It also ranked highly against scores for the Eastern Caribbean.



Holland America Cruise Lines, and its subsidiary Seabourne Cruise Lines, also recorded an improvement in customer satisfaction ratings on the destination, with passengers giving Antigua & Barbuda a score of 6.12 out of 7.




A new, larger Holland America ship with a 602 passenger count is to be deployed in April 2016, with a second-day call into Barbuda; offering a beach barbecue day for passengers.  Overall, it was a very successful and productive week of negotiations for Antigua & Barbuda.  As a cruise destination, the islands continue to gain positive ground with an upward trend in cruise calls and passengers.



The continued collaboration and support of all local cruise tourism stakeholders will allow the country to ensure a first-class experience for its cruise line partners and the thousands of cruise guests that visit our shores each year.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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#9 Mr Observer » 2014-03-20 11:12

I agree with Antiguan..That Dredging of the Harbour Stinks.....And Antigua and Barbuda people need to keep watching ...This is going to be the last major rip OFF for W, D, B,andH....Once this is a go...They will take millions..So keep looking for the Rip Off People.
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You cannot Trust this man again!

#8 TRUST » 2014-03-20 11:10

Click this link and read what an investor had to say about the honorable Mr Trevor Walker as its quite shocking.


http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/10779-k-club-owner-speaks-up.html
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MORE TRIPS

#7 ENOUGH » 2014-03-20 11:07

Surely its the Minister of Tourism who is meant to represent us at these events and not this Dunce? The people need to know that Government Ministers that earn 10,000 a month are meant to serve us the people but many draw hundreds thousands in expense and waste it all on having a good life! Mr Walker has spent the last ten years occasionally weekending in Barbuda and on a Monday heads around the World in a fancy suit. NOT ONCE has he assured the people he represents that he will get HIS cabinet to pay there back pay, instead he blaims Mr Nibbs who burns Coal at the weekend when he's at a fancy restaurant somewhere. Barbudans and Antiguans need to fully understand that our Country could shine if only these guys were got rid of.
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#6 Reality » 2014-03-20 10:58

Funny how the hon Minister travels with his lady friend for a party in Miami and rather than support the very people he calls HIS PEOPLE he flies the Antiguan flag high with just a small foot note for Barbuda!

In 9 years this man could have done a lot more for our starving brothers and sisters in Barbuda rather than build a useless and over priced dock on a beach and then to add insult to injury DREDGE THE BEACH only for it to grow back!

THIS MAN IS OUR MINISTER OF WORKS.

The problem is everything WORKS for him whilst his people starve. I hope he enjoyed Miamis expensive restaurants and his shopping at bal Harbor as his time is almost at an end!
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#5 Antiguan » 2014-03-20 10:42

You know something...I am praying that the dredging of the harbour is not done under the present MPW....and The fellow from Friars Hill Road....That deal stinks...and who will be the loosers....the people of Antigua and Barbuda..This is another project that must be investigated.....I think they are hurrying to get it done before the elections.....look out for this one folks.... it is all about taking the people money ..They mek money out of the Miami trip and they come back now to mek money on the dredging of the Harbour...We must give them and their cronies the BIG BIG boot on election day.
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#4 Duncy Bat » 2014-03-20 10:33

General Manager Antigua Pier Group Nathan Dundas, President Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association AND GENERAL MANAGER OF BRYSONS SHIPPING

Look conflict of interest..Only in Antigua
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#3 Patriot » 2014-03-20 10:08

Where are the ladies....We don't see them in the picture.... but it is well known that this bunch normally walk with their women at the expense of the poor tax payers of Antigua and Barbuda.... However people, the clock is ticking
and soon they will be walking around st John's looking for a job.
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#2 lethal. » 2014-03-20 08:11

I HOPE THEY LOCK DOWN ALL DEESE OVERSEAS OFFICES. THEY DON'T GO TO WORK ON TIME. SOME DON'T EVEN GO TO WORK. STAY HOME AND DRINK RUM. I WILL TELL YOU I HAVE PROOF. FIRE THEM. THEN MAYBE WE CAN HAVE MONEY IN THE KITTY, FOR WHO DESERVES IT. FIRE DEM NOW. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :P :P :P :P
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#1 Meigo Man » 2014-03-20 07:13

Too Late! The UPP's Who's Who...sorry...this is ten years too late! Enjoy the joy ride for the last time!

All of you make that trip at our expense for an additional 31,000 passengers? You guys have failed us!

Dunce times dunce = dunce squared!
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