Newsletter 41 -

23rd November 2015
Photo: Cocos Hotel -

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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Emil Lee accepts Minister position in Sint Maarten, steps down as CHTA President
Emil Lee, Immediate Past President of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), has "passed the torch" to First Vice President and President-Elect Karolin Troubetzkoy eight months earlier than initially scheduled, as Lee has accepted the opportunity to serve as Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs for the country of St. Maarten. Troubetzkoy was officially elected as President-Elect by the membership last June and will assume the role of Acting President. Full story...
Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2016 expands outreach to Latin America, emerging destinations & niche markets
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is raising the global profile of Caribbean Travel Marketplace providing opportunities for hoteliers attending the event to find new contacts and sources of business. CHTA is targeting wholesalers in Latin America and emerging destinations as well as tour operators specializing in niche markets. Caribbean Travel Marketplace is scheduled Jan. 21-23, 2016 at the Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas.
Building upon the existing and longstanding portfolio of global operators conducting business in the Caribbean, CHTA is focusing on securing the participation of Latin American tour operators in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru and Venezuela and emerging destinations Russia, India, Scandinavia, Ukraine and the Middle East. More details here
Sandals' CEO Adam Stewart a winner...again!
Sandals Resorts International’s Chief Executive Officer continued his award-winning year after being named Caribbean Personality of the Year at the International Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards.
In its 21st year, the International Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards have become the Oscars of the Caribbean, recognising excellence in Travel, Tourism and Real Estate throughout the region and is voted for by the magazine and its readers with special awards given by the magazine at its discretion.
Since our last newsletter we have added the following to the Statistics page of our website
1) Quarterly Tourism Arrivals Report April to June 2015
Antigua and Barbuda continues to grow airlift with InterCaribbean Airways set to begin service to the new V.C. Bird International Airport
Recent strategic negotiations have now been concluded between Tourism Minister the Hon. Asot Michael, officials within the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Ministry of Tourism along with the principals of interCaribbean Airways. These arrangements have secured additional non-stop service to two of the region’s popular destinations from the V.C. Bird International Airport. This new Air Service will expand critical air services to the Northern Caribbean via the Dominican Republic.
Beginning on December 10th 2015, interCaribbean Airways commences scheduled services from Antigua (ANU – VC Bird International Airport and Santo Domingo (SDQ Las Americas Airport) and Tortola (EIS Terrence B. Lettsome international Airport). More details here
Pearns Point New Home to the World’s Elite
Last April Orange Limited, the developer of Pearns Point, organized a grand opening event on site to make some major announcements about the 300 million US dollar project. Over 300 dignitaries and guests were present to show their support and hear about the coming of the luxurious Setai Hotel and Resort, which has chosen Pearns Point, Antigua as their next project destination.  More...
Sandals Foundation Joins Scholastic Book Fairs to Promote the Gift of Reading Among Caribbean School Children
The Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International, has unveiled a new collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs aimed at improving literacy among students in the Caribbean.  Scholastic made the announcement at the “Social Media On the Sand” event at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.
Scholastic Book Fairs, a division of Scholastic that hosts more than 130,000 book-sale events in schools annually, will sponsor Reading Road Trip, the Sandals Foundation’s educational outreach program operated by Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours. The weekly program affords guests of Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts the opportunity to visit a Sandals Foundation supported school in Antigua (and throughout the Caribbean) to lend literacy, comprehension and vocabulary support and give books to students.
“Scholastic is one of the most vibrant organizations instilling passion for reading among children in the world today,” said Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs for the Sandals Foundation.
Virgin Atlantic sets up Caribbean subsidiary
UK long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic has set up a new subsidiary to operate services to the Caribbean. The new subsidiary, Virgin Atlantic International (VAI), has been granted an air operator’s certificate by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and is expected to begin operations by the end of December, using two of Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330-300s.
VAI will be used “to operate certain Caribbean services on Virgin Atlantic’s behalf,” Virgin Atlantic said in a brief statement. The new company will use the parent company’s pilots and cabin crew and there will be no discernible difference in the service compared to that of Virgin Atlantic.
From AirTransportWorld online
Mobile Will Represent More Than Half of All Online Travel Bookings in 2016
Skift Take: Mobile is the present and future of travel booking as desktop slowly creeps out the backdoor during the next decade. Mobile's future also doesn't necessarily mean apps, as brands devote major redesign efforts to their mobile sites for travelers weary of having too many apps.
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