Newsletter 37 -

19th October 2015
Anchorage Hotel c1970 (now Sandals Grande Antigua)

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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Adam Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International , named 'Caribbean Hotelier of the Year'
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) presented the "Caribbean Hotelier of the Year" award to Adam Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Sandals Resorts International, during the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), which took place Oct. 2 - 4, 2015 at El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico.
Stewart is the 35th recipient of this prestigious award, which is sponsored by MMGY Global, and is the highest professional honor bestowed in hotel and resort operations in the Caribbean. The award recognizes excellence in all areas of operations, as well as a commitment to the training and development of staff, contributions to the community and a demonstrated commitment to sound environmental practices. The award also acknowledges each recipient's active role in both national and regional issues affecting Caribbean tourism. Stewart is at the helm of the world-leading resort company, Sandals Resorts International and The ATL Group in Jamaica. He is also President of the Sandals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the Caribbean community through investment in sustainable projects in education, community and environment to help improve people's lives and preserve the region's natural surroundings. Full story
CHTA Honors Stars of the Industry with Caribbean Employee, Supervisor, Association Executive & Allied Awards
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) recognized the stars of the Caribbean hospitality industry at this past weekend’s Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), which took place Oct. 2 - 4, 2015 at El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico. Those honored, include:
• Caribbean Tourism Employee of the Year: Andre James, Hyatt Regency Trinidad
• Caribbean Tourism Supervisor of the Year: Lissa Cuffy, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
Caribbean National Hotel Association
Executive of the Year: Neil Forrester, Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association
Full Story
Elite Island Resorts wins multiple 2015 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards
Travel Weekly has recently announced the winners of the 2015 Magellan Awards. With entries from around the world, Magellan Award winners represent the best in the travel industry.

Five Elite Island Resorts properties have received these noteworthy accolades. The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua won a Silver Magellan Award in the Family Resort category. St. James’s Club & Villas, also in Antigua, won a Gold Magellan Award in the Beach Resort category. St. James’s Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia received a Gold Magellan Award in the Family Resort category. Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines won a Silver Magellan Award in the Luxury Resort category. Finally, The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa was awarded a Silver Magellan Award in the Upscale Resort category.
“We are honored to receive these distinctions from one of the industry’s leading travel publications. This recognition really showcases our constantly improving portfolio of resorts, as well as why we have one of the highest repeat guest rates in all of the Caribbean!” – Steven Heydt, President of Elite Island Resorts. More...
Sandals reigns supreme at World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony

Sandals Resorts International has claimed the title of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for an unprecedented 22nd time at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2015, cementing more than two decades at the top.
Also among those tasting success on the night was Antigua & Barbuda, which claimed the title of Caribbean’s Leading Romantic Destination

Other Antiguan winners were:

Upcoming Travel Shows in Canada
Although we have seen a devaluation of the Canadian dollar of around 30% in the last year the ABTA Canadian office is pulling out all the stops to ensure that Antigua and Barbuda remains at the forefront in the minds of our targeted clients, travel agents and Tour Operators. The ABTA encourages hoteliers to join with them to incentivize and sensitize the market to bring much needed interest to the destination as the choice for winter travel and also a summer stop.
The ABTA will be present at the following shows in the next few weeks and encourages hoteliers to join them.
PAX Virtual Travel Show – October 14th – 16th
Marlin Travel 10th Annual Travel Show-  October 17th in  Ajax, Ontario
National Women’s Show – October 16th to 18th, Toronto, Ontario
ABTA’s Travel Agent Appreciate Night – To Our Travel Agents with Love - October 19th, Toronto (Canadian based hotel reps and tour operators attending and presenting – some giving special incentives and gifts)
ABTA’s Travel Agent Appreciate Night – To Our Travel Agents with Love - October 21st, Montreal (Tour Operators supporting in attendance)
Sales Call – Travel Brands Call Centre – October 22nd, Montreal
International Travel and Tourism Show (SITV) – 23rd to 25th  October, Place Bonaventure, Montreal
Sandals Game Changer – Montreal – November 9th
Sandals  Game Changer – Toronto – November
If interested please contact Tamika in the ABTA Toronto office
Italian Travel Agent fam trip
This week a group of Italian travel agents is on island accompanied by Joel Henry of the ABTA UK office. The group is visiting many of the properties present in the Italian market and experiencing some of our exciting tours and attractions.
USA Today is running a 10 Best Competition for the Caribbean
Antigua has been shortlisted in the category "Best Caribbean Destination for Nightlife." We would encourage you to vote for Antigua in this category. To vote click on the image on the left. Voting can be done on a daily basis until the end of the competition - so there is time to get Antigua to the top of the list!
LIAT launches US$199 fare from Antigua to San Juan
LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has launched its $199 fare from the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan.
The $199 fare represents the price of a return ticket and includes all applicable taxes. The promotional fare is available for two flights from Antigua to San Juan – LI 560 and LI 526. More details here
On World Food Day, Friday, some of the homeless, shut-ins and people living with HIV and AIDS in Antigua received a meal and/or food packages from Sandals Grande Antigua. The resort partnered with the Salvation Army to deliver canned/dry goods donated by staff, and meals from its restaurants, to the indigent in the communities and those who frequent the VC Bird bust in St John’s. World Food Day is a day of action against hunger (Photo compliments Sandals Antigua).
Legendary Knights the celebrity charity dinner and auction held on October 13 by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Sir Vivian Richards and the Lord’s Taverners, as part of the Lord’s Taverners 65th Anniversary tour raised US$11320.
The funds raised were split equally between Sir Vivian Richards’ charity of choice, the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral  for continuation of restoration work, on the cathedral, and the Friends of the Care Project, Sugar Ridge’s charity of choice.  Sugar Ridge, was the exclusive hotel partner for the touring Lord’s Taverners.
YIDA who provided the grand prize in the auction, of a US$50,000 holiday package for two, to the YIDA Monarch Golf and Ski resort estate in Japan, has agreed to match the funds raised at the dinner, with each charity set to benefit from the additional contribution.  The YIDA prize while not auctioned off at the event, received considerable interest, and bidding on the prize is ongoing.
Donation presentations to the charities were held today at the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral and Sugar Ridge. Presentations were made to the Dean, The Very Reverend Rudolph Smithen and Mr. Grantley Samuels - Treasurer to the Vestry at the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.  A presentation was also made to JoAnn Reddick, board member of Friends of the Care Project at Sugar Ridge. In attendance at the presentations were: Duncan Lewis, Head of Fundraising for the Lord’s Taverners; Michael Gatting OBE and other members of the Lord’s Taverners;  Sir Vivian Richards; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry, Sports, Culture & National Festivals, Senator the Honourable Colin James; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Paula Frederick-Hunte and CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James.
Cuba getting U.S. visitors continues to be focus at CHIEF
Cuba: Opportunity or Threat? was the final General Session at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Puerto Rico over the weekend and the general consensus appeared to be cautious optimism based on expectations of diversion of visitors from other countries, but overall a chance to highlight the diversity of the culture of the region. There was also concurrence that the entire Caribbean can shine as the spotlight falls on Cuba, exposing more potential travelers to the rich diversity and culture of the region. Full story...
The all-inclusive evolution.
By Gay Nagle Myers & Johanna Jainchill  / Travel Weekly October 07, 2015
In the midst of what could be remembered as the nickel-and-diming decade for travelers, who have become begrudgingly familiar with checked baggage costs, hidden resort fees, and sky-high WiFi charges, it's no wonder that there is burgeoning demand for a product on the flip side of that.
The all-inclusive resort model is on the rise. Still a small percentage of hotels and resorts overall, the concept is quickly expanding in its Caribbean and Mexican strongholds, as well as in farther-flung, less beach-centric locations.
Brands like Hyatt, once considered too upscale for the all-inclusive model, are getting in on it, and places like St. Martin and Puerto Rico that traditionally discouraged all-inclusives are slowly opening to them.
Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, predicted that the all-inclusive market would be the fastest-growing segment of the leisure travel industry in the next 10 years. Full article here...
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