Newsletter 61 -

27th September 2016



Advancing Hospitality through Tourism Alliances
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) wants to call upon the right for all of the world’s citizens to experience the incredible diversity of our planet and the beauty of the world we live in.
Accessible Tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us; including people with disabilities (permanent or temporary), families with small children, and the ageing population.
On this year’s World Tourism Day help us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large.
Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.


Hon. Asot A. Michael
Minister of Tourism, Economic Development,
Investment & Energy
Government of Antigua and Barbuda
World Tourism Day Remarks

September 27, 2016

A pleasant Good Morning, to the nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
Today, we’re celebrating World Tourism Day. Founded by the World Tourism Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, the day is geared to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

September 27th is the day is set aside on the United Nations Calendar each year in celebration, and to mark our efforts – to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to address some of the most pressing issues facing the tourism industry today.

Globally, Tourism accounts for 9.8% of the GDP – US$7.2 trillion, the travel & tourism sector employs 7 times more people than the automotive industry, and represents 1 in 11 jobs – 284 million people employed in the industry.

For the fifth consecutive year, the outlook for Travel & Tourism in 2016 remains robust, despite economic fragilities and other sources of volatility in the wider market. The GDP’s growth contribution is expected to accelerate and again outpace growth of the wider economy. Stronger growth in 2016 is likely to be underpinned by an improving global economy, the lowest oil prices in more than a decade, and overall household finances and disposable income will benefit from reduced energy costs.

Saying this, in the last year, safety and security concerns have moved into the spotlight, with recent incidences in Europe and we have to assume that these issues will continue to cause individuals concern. Thankfully, Antigua and Barbuda has an incredibly strong safety record. In fact we have made the decision to emphasize this strong selling point and so we will ensure that we consistently share this message with potential visitors. We are actively working to ensure that this standard is maintained so our visitors can feel safe when traveling to and spending their vacations in Antigua and Barbuda. Full address here

World Tourism Day Message on 27 September 2016
By Hugh Riley,
Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization is pleased to join the international community of nations in celebrating World Tourism Day 2016. This year’s theme: ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’, reminds us of the need to ensure that all persons, including those living with disabilities, have equal access to tourism experiences, tourism business opportunities and employment in the industry.
As a region, it is important to be aware that accessibility in tourism is a shared responsibility, which warrants consistent and conscientious effort by all parties involved in the tourism value chain. This requires that countries and destinations – and the industry as a whole - promote accessibility for all in the physical environment, in transport systems, in tourist and business facilities and in the availability of services and opportunities.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization encourages its members to invest in the necessary training, improvements to infrastructure and facilities and adoption of the new information communication technologies which are available and can contribute to enhancing both business and destination competitiveness.
We believe that making tourism more accessible is a moral and social responsibility which speaks to the need to treat everyone with due courtesy, care and consideration. We are also confident that the benefits to be gained by countries and businesses that embrace the accessibility for all philosophy, far outweigh the required investments and will result in added value and a competitive advantage in the global tourism market. And it is simply the right thing to do.   
Making tourism more accessible means creating the opportunity for any individual, regardless of his or her physical limitation, circumstance or age, to function independently and with dignity and respect, by making available appropriately designed tourism facilities, attractions and environments. It also requires a zero tolerance policy on discrimination, prejudice or abuse both in relation to the delivery of services to guests and in the management and treatment of staff. 
In our commitment to position ourselves to be the world’s most desirable year round, warm weather destination, our attention must be focused on the needs of every citizen and every traveler, as we work to make the Caribbean truly accessible for all.
The AHTA welcomes ECCO as a new member
ECCO is known as a Collective Management Organization ‘CMO’ because its primary role is to administer certain intellectual property rights on behalf of its members in the Eastern Caribbean and throughout the world. The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. is a society of writers & publishers of music. Through reciprocal agreements with Collective Management Organisations, throughout the world (also called 'societies'), ECCO represents and can license virtually the whole worldwide repertoire of copyright music for public performance, broadcast, cable transmission, online and mobile use. 
ECCO collects fees by issuing licences to music users granting them permission and authority to the restrictive acts as defined in the Copyright Acts of the region, including; public performances, broadcasting, communication to the public, reproduction etc. ECCO is a non-profit making organisation. Having recovered its running costs it pays the remaining money collected to the members identified on logs supplied by the radio stations and data collected from major events. ECCO also collects royalties from around the world for its members through reciprocal agreements with other CMO's overseas. Member states of ECCO consist of: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Isles, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
National News
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority partners with Jazz FM on promotional campaign for winter season

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched a month-long promotion with Jazz FM to showcase Antigua’s ‘My Island Life’ brand proposition ahead of the key winter sun season.
The activity comprises a 3 week pre-promotional drive, culminating in a week-long broadcast of Jazz FM’s drivetime show, Afternoon Drive, live from Antigua from Monday 26th September.
Jazz FM has 800,000 listeners, each of whom are estimated to hear the promotion an average of 11.2 times.  International listeners will be able to hear the broadcast online at and new video content of the radio team’s experiences on island will be uploaded to the Jazz FM website daily. Full story here

Antigua and Barbuda voted "Caribbean's Most Romantic Destination" at 23rd annual World Travel Awards
Second Consecutive Win Cements Twin Island’s Position As The Leader in Romance Travel
Antigua and Barbuda received one of the highest honors in the travel industry by winning “Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination,” for the second consecutive year, at the 2016 World Travel Awards’ Caribbean and North American Gala Ceremony, held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ochos Rios, Jamaica on September 17. The award further cements the twin island nation’s position as the leader in the Wedding, Honeymoon and Romance market. Antigua and Barbuda were nominated against 12 other destinations in the “Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination,” category. More details here
Vote for Antigua and Barbuda
Following on from Antigua and Barbuda’s recent consecutive win as the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination at the World Travel Awards, the destination is now nominated in the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination category and can only win this prestigious title if you Vote! Vote! Vote!
Please register to vote at the following link and look for the “World” Link. Sign up as a Travel Professional (that means our votes count as 2) and you must vote in at least 10 categories for your vote to count. The process is a bit tedious but straight forward.
Three of our hotels have been nominated in separate categories, please vote for them as well.
  1. World’s Most Romantic Resort – Sandals Grande
  2. Worlds’ Leading Resort – Sandals Grande
  3. World’s Leading Green Resort – Curtain Bluff
  4. World’s Leading Design Hotel – Hermitage Bay
  5. World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort – Sandals Grande
Antigua and Barbuda Set to Become Premier Destination for Investors in the Middle East
Antigua and Barbuda is expecting to see a significant boost in investment and travel from the Middle East. An exclusive exposition style conference is set to take place in October 2016 at Dubai’s Palazzo Versace Hotel highlighting the islands’ exceptional investor and citizenship benefits. Full story here
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