Newsletter 07- 2nd September 2014
Don't forget to get your tickets for our second Mixer Cruise this Thursday September 4th on the Mystic. This is open to all members and their staff. The Mystic will leave the dock at 5.30pm for a 2 hour sunset cruise.The first cruise in April was very pleasant and everyone had a great time,
Come along and spend an evening with your colleagues from within the Association.

This newsletters depends very much on news from all our members so we can share it around so please send us any news, press releases. special offers etc... so that we can include them.

Nineteen culinary professionals recently completed a five day workshop on Effective Food and Beverage Management facilitated by Bill Moore.

Sugar Ridge Chefs do magic with Mangoes

In the lead up activities for the annual Antigua Mango Festival, the Mango Pineapple Culinary Cook Off was held in early August. Chefs from Sugar Ridge took all three top spots in the competition, beating out competitors from many other hotels and restaurants.
Carmichael's chef Lemuel Duberry won first place, with his entree of Char Grilled Maple Duck Breast stuffed with Sweet Potato Puree, served with Roasted Baby Gem Lettuce finished with a Mango and Antiguan Black Pineapple Coulis. His dessert course was White Chocolate, Mango and Yoghurt set with Gelatine, finished with Candied Cherry Tomatoes, Banana Brulee and Caramelized Antiguan Black Pineapple.
Second place was taken by Carmichael's chef Gregory Williams, who did a starter of Grilled Cajun Shrimp, Pan Seared Scallops and Pineapple Salsa, and a main course of Grilled Dorado with a Rustic Pineapple Butternut Mash and Coconut Mango Sauce.
In third place was Sugar Club chef Michael Anthony, who created a starter of Local Mango Ceviche Style with Grilled Blue Fin Tuna and Diced Antiguan Black Pineapple. and a main course of Organic Chicken Breast Wrapped in Home Smoked Bacon, Cooked Three Ways, Poached, Seared and Grilled Stuffed with Mango, Pineapple and Ham on a Sweet Potato Mango Sauce.
Fortunately for patrons of both restaurants, these delectable dishes will be on the menus for the month of September. So go down and enjoy the considerable talents of our chefs when it comes to working with our local tropical treasures.


AHTA congratulates this year’s scholarship recipients
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership of the AHTA, we are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Hospitality Management and Resort Management Scholarships!
This year’s awardees for Resort Management scholarships are Ms Kesi Jones and Mr Samari Georges. Mrs Andrea Edwards-Jurgensen and Ms Dorina Goodman were awarded Hospitality Management Scholarships.     
The Hospitality Management and Resort Management scholarships grant recipients a two-year Associates Degree in their selected field at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI), free of charge.
The AHTA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the recipients and wish them much success in their educational endeavours. We are certain they will continue to strive for excellence and be a credit to Antigua & Barbuda’s tourism industry.

These scholarships are made possible by the AHTA's Tourism Development Fund - Dollar-a-Day programme.

Antigua and Barbuda, Jolly Beach Resort and Spa at Carifest 2014
Grand Sponsors at Alberta’s annual festival showcasi
ng Caribbean Arts and Culture
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) with Jolly Beach Resort and Spa were the headline sponsors at the annual Carifest celebrations in the city of Calgary, in Canada’s Alberta province.  The event showcased a canvas of Caribbean culture with music and cuisine from around the region dominating the event.
The ABTA’s Toronto office teamed up with Jolly Beach Resort and Spa to sponsor a seven-night stay at the resort. The event was promoted across Alberta, giving the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and Jolly Beach Resort and Spa prominent exposure. 
Sales and Marketing Manager for ABTA, Canada, Tameka Wharton stated, “These events give Antigua and Barbuda a platform to promote our tourism product to a targeted audience. We were able to reach potential visitors from Alberta that had limited knowledge of our destination. We are confident that by participating at Calgary Carifest we built awareness of Antigua and Barbuda and Jolly Beach Resort and Spa and presented the island and the resort as a primary Caribbean vacation destination. We expect this exposure will result in new bookings.”
The grand prize trip to Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, with airline tickets from WestJet, was coordinated by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Office in collaboration with the Antigua Association of Calgary and the Caribbean Community Council of Calgary.  All proceeds from the promotion goes to charity.

Tourism Ministers meet on joint partnerships

A historic meeting was held between the Honourable Asot Michael, Antigua and Barbuda's Minister of Tourism, Economic Development Investment and Energy and Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Honourable Michael Coteau, at Minister Coteau's Bay Street office during Minister Michael's recent visit to Toronto.

In attendance at the meeting of the Ministers were Mr. Rohan Hector, Special Advisor to the Minister and Chairman of the St. Johns Development Corporation, Mr. Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Antigua and Barbuda Consul General in Toronto, Ms. Ann-Marie Layne.

Minister Michael brought greetings to Minister Coteau on behalf of the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda and both leaders readily agreed that many Antiguans and Barbudans living in Toronto helped build the Canadian economy. Coteau, who is of Grenadian heritage, was reminded by Michael of the close relationship Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada enjoys through the 7-nation Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, (OECS) and the need for Canada to strengthen that bond.

Read full story here

CTO News
Caribbean Tourism numbers growing fueled by US confidence
~ Strong Canadian arrivals and a Successful Winter Season Place Caribbean Visitor Arrivals in line with World Average ~

The Caribbean recorded a rise in visitor arrivals during the first half of this year, keeping pace with the world average.
The region enjoyed a 4.3 per cent increase during the first six months of the 2014, much in line with the world average of 4.7 per cent, the director of research and information technology at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Winfield Griffith, announced tonight on the CTO’s television programme, Destination Caribbean.
Mr. Griffith revealed that just under 14 million long-stay tourists visited the Caribbean between January and June, with nearly half this number ( 6.87 million) coming from the United States of America compared to 6.61 million during the same period in 2013.  This represents a 3.9 per cent rise in arrivals from the US market.
“There is enough evidence to suggest that there is growing economic confidence in the region’s biggest neighbour and this is releasing much pent-up travel demand caused by a long recessionary period”. Mr. Griffith said.
The CTO research head stated that just 21 countries in the region were able to breakdown their tourist arrivals by destination in time for the report.  From the most recent figures it was clear that more Europeans and Canadians are gravitating to the region showing increases of 6.0% and 4.3% respectively.
For the winter period represented by the first four months of the year, at least five countries reported double digit growth. These destinations continue to power through the current summer showing signs of doing exceptionally well this year.
Griffith also announced that the cruise sector enjoyed an 8 per cent increase in passenger arrivals to reach 13.1 million after the first two quarters of 2014. For more information visit
CTO Destination Caribbean TV
It's important to have accurate data. For example some people think yachting only benefits a certain class but that's not true.
One of the biggest missed opportunities is not having our own online booking engines as a region or as destinations.
The CTO is heading to database management to garner summary data and granular research info for niche marketing.
Our stakeholders want data for planning, development and advocacy purposes and this is what the TSA does.
I think we see ourselves as competitors that's why our governments are hesitant to support regional tourism marketing
We need to market the region as one destination and focus on niches. When we advertise as one it works
These are just a few of the points made at last night’s CTO Destination Caribbean TV show, which focused on measuring the impact of tourism on the Caribbean. If you missed last week’s programme, a recording of the broadcast is now available on CTO’s YouTube channel.  To view it at your convenience, click on the image below.

News from Sandals Grande Antigua
Sandals Names New Regional Director for Eastern Caribbean

Sandals Resorts International has named Andre Dhanpaul its new regional director for the Eastern Caribbean, the company announced.

Dhanpaul has been serving in the post since July 1, following a tenure as general manager of Sandals Negril in Jamaica.

Dhanpaul, who will be based in St Lucia, succeeds Jeremy Jones.

“It has been a great welcome to the Eastern Caribbean. I am looking forward to continuing the growth of Sandals in this part of the Caribbean. Some of the world’s most beautiful countries are here,” Dhanpaul said. “Some of the world’s most beautiful countries are here.”

In a statement, Sandals Chief Executive Officer Adam Stewart said that, with a new resort in Grenada and one on the way in Barbados, “Andre and his EC team is tasked with building the brand’s presence in the region, with a view to mapping and executing further gains.”

Jones has been elevated to the company’s head office in Jamaica “now tasked with the role of supporting the group-wide responsibilities of the company,” Sandals said.

5 ways to use your WiFi for marketing

We all know that WiFi is an essential addition to today’s top hotel, but what the industry leaders are quickly catching on to is how your internet connection can increase your marketing opportunities. With most people plugging in while checking in or browsing before they’ve even unpacked their belongings, it’s cunning to use this first connection to your advantage. You can direct them to your website or suggest they find you on Facebook and Twitter. This can seriously strengthen your brand. WiFi is no longer just an amenity, it’s becoming an essential asset for your markting strategy. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the most from your WiFi.

1) Brand your landing page
2) Create a custom URL
3) Get to know your customer
4) Set up Social Media
50 Use their time

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