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Newsletter 59 -

8th September 2016





 

Advancing Hospitality through Tourism Alliances
Antigua is being promoted on the “Good Morning America” screen in Times Square, New York and Dundas Square in Toronto.
AHTA News

Antigua and Barbuda features on Music Voyager
The beautiful twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda, elements of its music and culture are featured in the seventh season of Music Voyager. The Antigua and Barbuda episode (702) recently appeared on American Public Television's Create TV on August 4th and September 1st at 9:30 a.m.
Look out for repeats and airings across Public Broadcast Services television (PBS) stations.
The award-winning Music Voyager series is shown across 234 PBS Stations, with coverage in 98.24 million US TV Households.
Click the image above to watch the video

Hotel Closures

It is once again that time of the year where many of our properties close. Below is a list of opening and closing dates.

Admiral's Inn closed August 15th reopens October 15th.
Carlisle Bay Closed August 20th reopens October 7th
Copper & Lumber Store closed August 15th reopens October 4th
Curtain Bluff closed August 20th reopens October 22nd
Galleon Beach closed May 2nd reopens November 2nd
Hermitage Bay closed August 24th reopens October 10th
Jumby Bay closed August 26th reopens October 6th
Pineapple Beach Club closed August 25th reopens October 1st
The Inn at English Harbour closed September 1st reopens October 31st
Tranquility Bay closed September 4th reopens October 22nd
Training Update

Supervisory Management – 10 week course in partnership with UWI Open Campus

It’s our thirteenth session of our successful Supervisory Management Training courses starting on October 3rd h in partnership with the University of the West Indies Open Campus!

The course will run for a period of ten weeks. As previously, the course will be facilitated by Ms. Shirlene Nibbs.

Our numbers are growing in leaps and bounds for our industry employees who have completed this course, we still recognize that there are many more candidates who would benefit from this training so we encourage you to register your employees for this next session. It is open to middle management, supervisors and employees aspiring to be supervisors. It is not reserved for hotels but open to all AHTA members.

There will be two sessions per week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.15pm to 7.00pm. The course outline can be found here. The cost of the course is EC$700.00 per student.

The class is limited to 25 participants so we would ask that if you are interested that you complete the  registration form and return it to Anthea as quickly as possible as space will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Full payment will be required before the start of classes and should be made out to the AHTA.

For full information on our training programs click here

Delta Vacations University
On September 17th & 18th Delta Vacations will be hosting its annual travel agents forum Delta Vacations University. Previously held in Minneapolis and known as MLT University this educational forum normally attracts well over 2000 travels agents and is one of the largest events of its kind in the US. This year the event is being transferred to Atlanta the home of Delta Airlines.
The event is only open for properties included in the Delta Vacations program to attend however the AHTA is able to attend and promote properties not covered by their program. The ABTA has taken a booth for Antigua & Barbuda and we will be attending alongside them.
If you would like to take the opportunity of promoting your property to this large travel agent audience please supply me with promotional material. Small quantities can be delivered to the AHTA office otherwise I can supply a shipping address in Atlanta.
Statistics
Since our last newsletter we have added the following to our website.
1) Air arrival statistics for August 2016
2) Hotel Occupancies August 2016
Agents get closer to Antigua with Blue Waters Resort
“It may feel hot today, but soon, summer will be over,” Tameka Wharton, sales and marketing manager at Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority told guests at Cibo Wine Bar in Toronto yesterday.
“And you know what that means… Booking season has begun! Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching!”
Indeed, the timing could not have been better for a reception introducing agents to the Blue Waters Resort & Spa, a luxury all-inclusive property located on the Northwest corner of Antigua.
The intimate luncheon, hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority for a select group of travel advisors, represented the beginning of Blue Waters’ first steps into the Canadian market, according to Graham Hawkins, global trade relations manager for Blue Waters Antigua. More here
Sandals Foundation shares donated school supplies with students

As the youth of Antigua prepare for the opening of another school year, the Sandals Foundation in Antigua and Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa have shared thousands of dollars-worth of school supplies with students from various communities around the island.
The resort, through the Sandals Foundation and its on-going partnership with the Pack for a Purpose organisation, receives hundreds of pounds of school supplies from visiting guests annually. While the Sandals Foundation distributes these donations throughout the year, a concerted effort is made during this time to ensure that those most in need are amply equipped with the necessary tools to begin the new academic year. More here

Island Routes to host region's first Caribbean Attractions Conference

World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company to stage inaugural Island Routes Certified Partner Conference in Jamaica

Five top attractions providers and tour operators in Antigua will join over 50 of their Caribbean counterparts in Jamaica to discuss industry challenges and opportunities for growth and development when Island Routes Caribbean Adventures hosts its inaugural Island Routes Certified Partner Conference later this month. More here

National News
Canadian Trade Show Schedule for Fall 2016
 
The Canadian ABTA office will be participating in a series of Canadian Trade shows during the remainder of the year. These include:
Westjet - Ottawa - September 22nd
SITV - Salon International de Tourism et Voyages Montreal Oct 21st to 23rd
Ottawa Wine & Food Festival November 4th to 6th
Toronto Wine & Cheese Show November 17th to 20th
Toronto International Boat Show January 8th to 17th


The ABTA is requesting your support at all these trade shows events as they provide great opportunities to promote your hotels to key market segments in Canada i.e. room packages,  weddings, luxury travel agents, water-sport, food and beverage. 

If you are unable to join with the ABTA you do have the option to send marketing materials to be placed at the booths.  As a suggestion if you send printed items include a time sensitive offer that can promoted to attract bookings or increase focus on your property. 
 
Opportunities in the UK and Italian Market
 
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority  is inviting it’s tourism partners to join us on our stand at two of the leading B2B exhibitions in Europe.
 
TTG Inconti – Italy  (13 to 15 October)
 
TTG Inconti is Italy’s leading B2B-only international travel and tourism trade show, bringing tour operators, travel and incentive buyers, travel agents, and travel retail distributors from around Italy and the world to Rimini .  In 2015, the show had over 64,000 attendees, which was an increase of 4.8% on the previous year.  These attendees included over 1000 buyers from 85 countries, 700 accredited journalists and 300 bloggers.
 
WTM – London ( 7 to 9 November)
World Travel Market London - the leading global event for the travel industry - presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals. It provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business. More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, visit ExCeL - London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM London. The event, now in its 37th year, generates more than £2.5 billion of travel industry contracts.
 
Cost of Attendance for each show: £500.   

For more information and a registration form, please contact Cherrie Osborne.
cherrie.osborne@aandbtourism.com
Invitation to Stakeholders Meeting in New York

The ABTA New York office would like to invite you to attend a “Stakeholders’ Meet & Greet” to be held in New York City on October 4th, 2016 at 10am; venue to be confirmed.
The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the new Director of Tourism for the USA, Mrs. Kim Jack Riley to our US-based hotel partners. They would also like to bring you up to speed on the planned Sales & Marketing activities for the Fall/Winter season; and to receive updates from you, on any developments with your properties and an outlook on bookings for the upcoming season.
Kindly RSVP by email to njoseph@abgov.org
CHTA News
Zika Brief for Caribbean Travel Partners

The spread of Zika virus in the Americas, other tropical regions and most recently in Florida has understandably caused concern to both residents of and travelers to those areas. While ZIKA virus itself is described as a mild virus with only one in 5 persons showing any symptoms, a link of the virus to microcephaly in babies has been confirmed even though the precise nature of this link is yet to be determined.

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are aware that our travel partners and consumers may have questions about travel to the region. We have compiled the brief that you can download below and links to related resources you can find in our Zika Resource Center to provide pertinent information about Zika and travel to the Caribbean.

Click here to download the brief
Click here to access the Zika Resource Center
Join industry experts and award winning independent hoteliers as they uncover the strategies and best practices that will make your business thrive in this challenging climate.
Register today at www.chtachief.com
Other News
Seekda Acquires Regatta Travel Solutions

Regatta Travel Solutions announced on Wednesday that it has been acquired by Seekda.  Terms of the deal were undisclosed.  Together, the two companies will focus on increasing direct booking volume for hotels through optimized meta-search and a powerful hotel booking engine.  Seekda will also expand on Regatta’s work with Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs).  Ashwin Kamlani, the Founder & CEO of Regatta Travel Solutions, has been appointed President of Seekda.  His team will be expanding their offices in Charlottesville, Virginia over the next few weeks as they prepare to lead Seekda’s North America Division. Full story here
Note that Regatta is the provider of our Booking portal www.bookantiguanow.com
To find out what is going on in Antigua check out the Events Calendar on www.antiguahotels.org

For industry related events check out the Events Calendar on www.members.antiguahotels.org
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