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Newsletter 42 -

14th December 2015
Photo: Fort James c1940

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
Antigua and Barbuda boast lowest airfares to the Caribbean with  flights starting from $280 Round-trip
Affordable Airfare and Less Than 4 Hour Flights From New York Tristate on United, American and JetBlue Make Antigua and Barbuda Even More Attractive and are Expected to Boost Visitor Arrivals For The Season
The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda are experiencing record low airfares to the destination during the busiest time of the season, where travelers across the New York Tristate area are eager to escape the blistery winters. Travelers can now find inexpensive fares to Antigua and Barbuda for as low as $280 round-trip including taxes and fees on United, American Airlines and JetBlue from both New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR). JetBlue’s entry-level $280 fare will be available through to March 2016. These enticingly low fares with short flight times of less than four hours make Antigua and Barbuda an ideal Winter getaway; making travel to this Caribbean paradise easy and seamless. Full release here
Airlift into Antigua and Barbuda increases with the addition of Seaborne Airlines
Seaborne Airlines launched service to Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday December 13
(Photo Credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority)
Plans made by Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials to welcome more flights from more airlines and tour operators around the world, upon completion of one of the largest and most modern airports in the Eastern Caribbean have rapidly taken off.
The Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Asot Michael, and Tourism Officials, welcomed a fourth airline into the destination, just three months after the opening of the new terminal at the V.C. Bird International Airport.Seaborne Airlines launched its non-stop service between their hub in San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Antigua today with a 34 seat Saab 340 aircraft. The inaugural flight departed San Juan at 12:45 pm, and arrived into Antigua at 2:20 pm. Full story here
interCaribbean Airways makes its inaugural call to the Sir V.C. Bird International Airport
As nationals in Antigua and Barbuda celebrated the birthday of the Father of the nation Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Snr.  the airport named in his honor was also abuzz with activity on the occasion of the inaugural flight of interCaribbean Airways.
The new terminal at the V.C. Bird International airport saw the arrival of interCaribbean Airways’ new service which commenced scheduled flights from Antigua to Santo Domingo’s Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) and Tortola’s Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS). interCaribbean Airways arrived to the usual pomp and ceremony associated with such events from the water canon salute to the meeting of arriving passengers by an official welcome party. Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy the Hon. Asot A. Michael, along with Permanent Secretary within the said Ministry, Mrs. Paula Frederick Hunte and other Tourism and Aviation officials were present airside to greet the Chairman of interCaribbean Airways, Mr. Lyndon Gardiner, the CEO of interCaribbean Airways, Mr. Trevor Sadler and passengers as they departed from the aircraft. Full story here
Sandals Foundation spreads joy at Christmas
In the spirit of sharing, the Sandals Foundation is doing its part this December to make Christmas brighter for children in Antigua. The Foundation has continued what has become a Christmas tradition and partnered with Hasbro to host treats and distribute over 1000 gifts to children.
Foundation Director Heidi Clarke said they were extremely grateful to Hasbro who the donated toys for all the children as well as other donors who helped get the toys to the Caribbean and provided the logistics for the treats. She also thanked Sandals Grande Antigua and Grand Pineapple resorts which provided the food and beverage for all the treats. More here
Congratulations to Carlisle Bay for being awarded the prestigious Award for Excellence in the Best Hotel with Spa category in the Caribbean & Pacific by Condé Nast Johansens
Statistics
Since our last newsletter we have added the following to the Statistics page of our website
1) Hotel Occupancy Statistics for November
2015
2) Air Arrivals Statistics for September 2015
3) Cruise and yachting figures for 2015
Sandals resort to save thousands of gallons through water recycling
In keeping with its “commitment to environmental practices,” as espoused in its mission statement, Sandals Grande Antigua has invested in new technology which is expected to reduce the water consumption of its daily laundry processes by up to 70 per cent.
Every day the resort’s laundry room washes 6,000 lbs of linen and uses tens of thousands of gallons of water to do so. The new Aqua Recycle Plant will treat the laundry water and recycle it to be used again.
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