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Newsletter 32 -

13th July 2015

Antiguan Dream

With lush views and clear water, Antigua is a prototypical island paradise. However, it also has a unique culture all its own

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AHTA News
AHTA Annual General Meeting Tuesday June 30th

The Annual General Meeting of the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association took place on Tuesday June 30th in the new Conference facility at the Sugar Ridge Hotel.

Emil Lee, President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association was on hand for the feature address and he updated the audience on the new role that CHTA will be playing and on the importance of public/private sector partnerships. To see a copy of his presentation click here.

New AHTA Board of Directors
At the Annual General Meeting a new Board of Directors was elected for the next two years until June 2017.
The following persons were elected.

Chairman - Alex deBrito - Galley Bay
Ist Vice Chairman - Andrew Hedley, Jumby Bay a Rosewood Resort
2nd Vice Chairman - Vernon Jeffers - Jolly Beach Resort

Hotel Directors
Antione Browne - St James's Club
Christopher Eastmond - Curtain Bluff
Ian Fraser - Cocobay
Lorraine Headley - Cocos & Keyonna Beach Hotel
Lyle Pauls - Carlisle Bay
Gaurav "G" Sindhi - Sandals Grande Antigua

Honorary Director
Tony Johnson - Siboney Beach Club

Airline Director
Bernard Ho - Virgin Atlantic


the three Directors representing the Associate Membership will be elected at a subsequent meeting.
At the conclusion of the AGM certificates were presented by CHTA President Emil Lee to the successful awardees of the CHTA Education Foundation Scholarships. Out of a pool of 85-plus applicants 5 young Antiguans received scholarships to pursue studies regionally and internationally. Latoya Gonsalves, Tiffany Gordon, Kempton McCalmount, Nadia Robinso and Gabrielle Thomas will pursue studies at the Culinary Institute Of America, University of Technology, University of the West Indies, Monroe College and Johnson & Wales Road Island respectively.
AHTA Board Members visit New Airport
 
Last week Board Members of the AHTA were treated to a walk through of the new terminal at the V.C.Bird International Airport
Government, Hotels, Environmental Groups urged to work together to combat Sargassum Seaweed
The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) are working together to provide hotels, government officials and stakeholders with best practice information aimed at mitigating the negative effects of high levels of Sargassum seaweed at local beaches. The organizations have released a resource guide, compiled by the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), a CHTA initiative in collaboration with strategic partner OBM International (OBMI), to assist with local efforts. More details here
Sign up for the 5th installment of the CAST's Sustainability Webinar Series: Sargassum and the Effects of Climate Change. An exclusive CHTA member benefit. Click on this link to register: http://bit.ly/1LWqcUG
26 in Antigua get Sandals Corporate University scholarships
The Sandals Corporate University (SCU) has afforded some 26 employees from Sandals Grande Antigua and Grand Pineapple Antigua Beach Resort with a combined $18,400 (US$6,800) in scholarships that will bring them one step closer to achieving their academic and personal goals.
Team members will be pursuing the programmes, ranging from the CXC subjects to Associate degrees, at various institutions including the Learning Centre, Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Global, and SCU-partner institution American Hospitality and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).
Full story here
Statistics

Since the last newsletter we have added the June Hotel Occupancy statistics to our webpage

 
Summer 2015 Hotel Closures
 
HOTEL CLOSING DATE

RE-OPENING DATE

ADMIRAL’S INN AUGUST 28 OCTOBER 3
CARLISLE BAY AUGUST 22 OCTOBER 10
COPPER & LUMBER STORE AUGUST 1 SEPTEMBER 30
CURTAIN BLUFF HOTEL AUGUST 22 OCTOBER 24
HERMITAGE BAY AUGUST 24 OCTOBER 10
JUMBY BAY AUGUST 23 OCTOBER 9
GALLEON BEACH MAY 2 NOVEMBER 2
THE INN AT ENGLISH HARBOUR AUGUST 31 NOVEMBER 1
TRANQUILITY BAY SEPTEMBER 4 OCTOBER 23
Congratulations to the Ocean Point Residence & Spa
TripAdvisor is delighted to award Ocean Point Residence Hotel & Spa the 2015 Certificate of Excellence.
For the last two years the AHTA has facilitated the staging through Antigua of the Governor General’s Cup Air Rally. This Rally brings light aircraft down from Florida on a 14 day circuit through the Caribbean islands. Last year we saw 14 planes and in April this year this increased  to 25, which brought in over sixty visitors for two days. The popularity of this Rally is growing and we hope to see more next year.
The rally has helped open this part of the Caribbean to general aviation and with a new airport, good handling and the appropriate fuel, Antigua is an ideal destination for small aircraft to venture down from Florida. In the attached document you will note that a majority of US private pilots dream of flying to a tropical island.
As such we are partnering with the Caribbean Air Rally to promote the Rally and the Caribbean at the EAA Air Venture at Oshkosh next week. This event attracts over 10,000 planes and over half a million visitors. Check it out by clicking on the image above. We will be having a booth where we can interact with this audience.
If you would be interested in promoting your property to this audience of aviation enthusiasts please contact Neil at the AHTA office.
 
LIAT’s new routes for summer 2015 take effect next week

A number of new services and non-stop routes which have been added to the summer schedule of LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will come into effect on July 15 and 16.

From Antigua, customers will now enjoy a new daily service to San Juan each evening. This is in addition to the existing morning service from Antigua to San Juan, via Dominica which operates daily.

Meantime, flight number LI 581 from Antigua to Dominica and on to Barbados has been upgraded to a daily service, and has been retimed to leave Antigua in the early morning.
Full details here.

For far too long the Caribbean has taken tourism for granted according to a white paper issued by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) entitled Cuba: The Great Disruption for the Good of the Caribbean. The paper states that the country that many regard as the least capitalistic in the region is about to teach its neighbor governments, capitalists and free market adherents a lesson.For far too long the Caribbean has taken tourism for granted according to a white paper issued by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) entitled Cuba: The Great Disruption for the Good of the Caribbean. The paper states that the country that many regard as the least capitalistic in the region is about to teach its neighbor governments, capitalists and free market adherents a lesson. To read more click here
Antigua and Barbuda Mango Pineapple Culinary Competition delivers winning dishes
The Antigua and Barbuda Mango Pineapple Culinary Competition an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and The Ministry of Agriculture spotlighted fantastic talent this weekend, as chefs from the destination’s hotels and restaurants produced mouth-watering dishes with unique twists.
Twenty-one professional chefs from Hermitage Bay, Nonsuch Bay, The Verandah Resort and Spa, Galley Bay, Curtain Bluff, Sandals, Grand Pineapple, Sugar Ridge, Ana’s On the Beach and Castaways, participated in the activity which included a 60 minute savoury competition and a 90 minute pastry competition. Full story here
BookAntiguaNow Corner

Rate Alert Tool Live for BookAntiguaNow.com
 
The Rate Alert tool is now active on your BookAntiguaNow.com profile.  Designed to capture guests who enter the booking process but drop out before finalizing, Rate Alerts give potential guests the option to be alerted when the rate for the hotel room drops to a certain number.  The hotel is then sent an email (and a message on the extranet) that informs them at what price point each guest would be interested in the property. The hotel can now accept the rate on the Regatta Extranet and finalize the booking or reject as needed.  This tool opens a line of communication with the potential guest and the hotel can customize the offering/rate based on travel dates and availability, without publicly dropping the rate.  The Rate Alert will only be shown to the guest upon abandonment so we do not discourage them from paying the listed rate. This is an opt-out tool—if you do not want to be alerted of interest, there is a button on extranet to deactivate.
 
Coming up next Sunday! Come out and support this cause as we try to get young Aida to the Boston Children's Hospital for urgent surgery. Food gonna be out of this world anyway; after-all it's a production of the Copper & Lumber Store
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