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Newsletter 47 -

2nd February 2016
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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
Update on the Zika Virus
 

As part of our continuing effort to keep you informed on matters related to the Zika virus, we are providing you with links to the various resources provided by CHTA and CARPA.

Presently our efforts should be centered around the following actions:

  • Mitigation - using all possible proven pest control methods; and containing the spread of the virus
  • Education and Public Awareness – directed at visitors and prospective visitors; hotels and tourism-related businesses; managers, supervisors, and employees; tourism industry public sector stakeholders; and the general resident population
  • Coordination of Efforts and Resources – regionally and locally; with Government; with surrounding communities

CHTA Webinar Recording:  The Facts About Zika and How to Mitigate It’s Impact

This provides information and insights, the audio includes presentations  from top representatives from CARPHA (the Caribbean Public Health Agency), CTO and CHTA, regional partners working to mitigate the impact of the virus. 

To view the webinar presentation click here

CTO/CHTA Joint Statements: 

CARPHA Guides

CARPHA Zika Media Conference Statements and Support Information 

Training Update
In light of the threat of the Zika virus reaching our island the AHTA is partnering with Brian Edwards of Breekat Enterprises to offer a Vector Control and Mosquito Eradication workshop on Friday 5th February from 9.00am to midday. The workshop will take place in the conference room at the AHTA office on Newgate Street and will be limited to 12 participants. There will be a nominal registration fee of EC$100 for members, EC$150 for non-members payable to the AHTA.
Interested persons should contact Anthea Watkins in the AHTA office. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and full payment should be received before the workshop.

 
Our Italian classes will commence from March 3rd with only Beginners every Thursdays.  The classes will run for twelve weeks with a great curriculum that will introduce the students to grammar, phonetics, vocabulary and oral. Signora Cristina Ascarelli, a native of Italy, will return as the facilitator and promises that the class will be fun with sessions of role play and visuals.  The cost of the course is EC$ 400.00 per term.
 
We are bringing back our Wedding Coordinator Certification two day workshop from April 12th to 13th with The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada. Sue Morris, Certified Wedding Planner Instructor is pleased to be conducting the workshop once again.  For additional information on the course and venue please visit: http://weddingprocourses.com/

For information on any of our training programmes please contact Anthea in the AHTA office.
US Travel Shows
On the weekend of 20th and 21st February Antigua & Barbuda will be represented at two major travel shows in the US  and we invite you to join with.
Firstly the ABTA New York office with Dean Fenton will be at the Boston Globe Travel Show . This is one of the most important travel shows in the north east and attracts well over 20.000 visitors each year over the three days.
The same weekend sees the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington DC and the AHTA will be partnering with the ABTA to represent the destination at this show. The AHTA attended last year’s edition and this was another well attended show with over 20.000 visitors.
If you would like to attend either of these shows or would like to provide us with promotion material please contact us.
Let’s show our support to the US market.
LIAT lowers ticket cost with the removal of fuel surcharge
LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has announced the complete removal of fuel surcharges on all new tickets ooked, effective 1st March 2016.
Chief Executive Officer David Evans said oil is now trading at a 12-year low, ending a decade of high jet fuel costs, which has impacted the price of tickets.
“We are committed to offering our customers the most affordable fares so our Finance team regularly reviews the fuel surcharge levels and whenever changes are decided upon we announce them to the market, Mr. Evans said.
“In this vein, we reduced the fuel surcharge by 50 percent at the beginning of 2015 and it will now be completely removed from March 2016. This will mean that fares will fall by an average of 5 percent. So, beginning 1st March, customers will only have to pay the airfare and any applicable airport and government taxes when they book a flight.”
While the price of oil has been trending downwards, Mr. Evans explained that the effects of crude oil price reductions take some time to impact on the cost of aviation fuel.
“The jet fuel price to LIAT is on average 90 percent higher than the crude price and it takes on average three to six months for the crude oil price reductions to be applied in the region,” he said.
Mr. Evans said the surge in oil prices since 2003 had turned fuel into one of LIAT’s largest costs."
Click the above image to see STR's Hotel Industry Overview presentation that was made by Steve Hennis at the CHTA Board Meeting in Nassau.

Hermitage Bay is a 2016 Travelers' Choice winner! This award is based on the reviews and opinions of our global travel community, and is the highest honor given by TripAdvisor.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dean Fenton
ASTA President Ralph Vasami Of The American Society Of Travel Agents Recognizes Dean Fenton Of The Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Board For his Continued Enhancement and improvement of the travel industry..
Virgin Atlantic Becomes Sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua Sailing Week is delighted to announce the beginning of a new three year sponsorship with Virgin Atlantic solidifying its position as the Official Exclusive UK Airline Sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week.
For Virgin Atlantic the move to support Antigua Sailing Week strategically endorses its desire to support sports tourism in Antigua and the Caribbean Region.  Virgin’s Business Development Manager – Caribbean, Sean Edwards, says:  ‘Sport is critical to the economies of the Caribbean because of their impact on the participants and their supporters visiting our islands to take part in international events.  They also offer our region’s youth the opportunity to be exposed to international competition in their own back yard, thereby encouraging them to improve their own skills, and their desire to travel to compete overseas.’ Full story here
CHTA Education Foundation Scholarships Opportunity Now Open
Here we come again!  You need to ride our wave #educationbewinningin2016, as we promote scholarship opportunities for the men and women working in the hospitality industry.
Over the years, Antigua has been very successful in receiving large bursaries in assisting many of your employees in achieving their dreams.  These men and women have seen the benefits of their educational attainment by applying their skills and valuable knowledge in their respective areas in your organization.  And, this why we are continuing on this trend!

The AHTA is pleased to circulate information regarding CHTA Education Foundation (CHTAEF) scholarships.  Applicants are kindly asked to review the following link www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/CHTAEFapplication and complete the attached application form.  
Kindly note that upon completion of the attached application form, all documents should be submitted to the AHTA for reviewing and endorsement by 18th March.  After endorsement is received from the AHTA, applicants are then required to submit the completed applications to CHTAEF for processing and consideration.    
Please note that applications should reach the CHTAEF no later than 30th March 2016.
CSHAE Leadership Conference
Fifteen national hotel associations attended this year's CSHAE (Caribbean Society of Hotel Association  Executives) Leadership Retreat in Nassau prior to CHTA Marketplace. The two day retreat centered around capacity building for the national associations with an emphasis on strategic planning. At the associations annual general meeting Neil Forrester was elected President for the coming two years. The incoming executive committee is pictured above with from left to right Brian Fortin (Trinidad), Sue Springer (Barbados), Stacy Cox - Vice President (Turks & Caicos), Neil Forrester, Gilda Samual Outgoing President (Anguilla) Irene Dingjan- Secretary (Bonaire) and Stephen Todd (Bermuda)
Thanks to ARDA-ROC
The leadership of CSHAE and CHTA show their appreciation to Tomas Acevedo of ARDA-ROC (American Resort Development Association - Resort Owners Coalition) for their continued support of the annual Leadership retreat. ARDA's sponsorship has allowed the national association executives to follow the ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) training modules. This January saw the third of five modules with the remaining two planned for CHIEF in October and Marketplace 2017.
Tickets are available from the AHTA Office
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