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Newsletter 26 -

24th March 2015
Photo: courtesy Cocobay.

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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AHTA News
Elite Island Resorts Names New Executive Chef
Elite Islands Resorts, which has a portfolio of seven resorts in the Caribbean, has named culinary veteran Chef Eric Scuiller its new executive chef. Scuiller has begun by working at the St James’s Club in Antigua as part of his initial tour across the company’s regional properties. For now, Scuiller says he plans to introduce a renewed emphasis on local flavours, with the idea of using local tastes and products to put new spins on traditional dishes. Full story here
CHTA Education Foundation accepting scholarship applications from Antigua & Barbuda tourism & hospitality students
Antigua & Barbuda students and industry professionals are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) so they can pursue higher education or professional development in the tourism and hospitality field. Scholarships are awarded with support from CHTAEF sponsors including Virgin Holidays, Interval International, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Johnson & Wales University and Florida International University.
CHTAEF is accepting applications for its scholarship program until March 30, 2015 at 5 pm Eastern Caribbean Time. Applications forms are availble here  Applications must be submitted with the approval of the AHTA in order to be considered.
Scholarships are awarded for study at any approved college or university including, but not limited to, the University of West Indies and local community colleges throughout the Caribbean.
Scholarship recipients will be advised of their approval status and, if accepted, the amount of their award, no earlier than May 25, 2015.
More information here

 
Flying Colours for Antigua Sailing Week
With less than a month to go to the 48th edition of Antigua Sailing Week, over 100 yachts are entered to take part in the Caribbean's longest running regatta, with more entries expected over the coming weeks. Antigua Sailing Week is expected to attract several thousand sailors and party revellers to Falmouth Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard for the Caribbean's most famous sailing event. Full story here
It is that time of year again! Antigua Sailing Week invites school children age 5 – 18 years to enter its Annual Art Competition. The competition will run from Monday 16th March - 17th April 2015.

This year’s competition is open to all interpretations that capture the spirit of Antigua Sailing Week. The words “Antigua Sailing Week” must be included as part of the artwork. Please remember that your writing is art as well, so try to make the text artistic. The painting must include an environmental message about keeping Antigua clean and green.

All pieces submitted will be judged on originality and the overall artistic quality of the work. All art mediums will be considered: paintings, drawings, oil, acrylic and ink—to name a few.
 
Although we encourage the students to be creative, we ask that media that can transfer, be easily wiped off or soil other entries be limited. This would include the use of glitter, chalk and sand.

Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in three age categories (Lower Junior 5-9, Upper Junior 10-14 and Senior 15-18). All entries should be delivered to the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association before the deadline Friday, April 17th, 2015.   Additional details https://www.facebook.com/ASWSchoolsArt.
Antigua & Barbuda is featured in the Spring Issue of Food & Travel magazine. The destination also received online banner and online homepage coverage to include Ana’s On the Beach and  A&B destination video coverage. Also A&B made the front cover page photo of the Spring Issue! The photo selected is from Food & Drink photographer Ms. Janie Conley-Johnson.
 
Having a Drink With Horatio Nelson
Nelson drank here, they say. Almost certainly. And maybe he still does. And when you sit here, in what was once a store for pitch tar and turpentine, you feel his spirit. This is the Admiral’s Inn in Nelson’s Dockyard and it’s one of those rare places in the Caribbean where multiple centuries flow through the bricks and the walls. Read story on CaribJournal
National News
Message from Marie Walker - VP Sales & Marketing North America
 
A warm hello from less frigid New York. Following on my recent visit, our team would like to invite all US based resort representatives and their respective public relations agencies to meet with us on Wednesday, April 1st in our office in Manhattan, New York.
 
Our team has been calling around to secure the availability of your US based representatives and would ask if you could kindly encourage their participation as we have lots of informative and useful information to share with them and of course we would ask of them to share with us. Our schedule of activities, themed fams will be shared at this meeting to include public relations activities.
 
An agenda will follow shortly. Separately, we are in the throes of coordinating our familiarization trips with our travel advisors. We intend to host a select group of advisors throughout the months of May and June each Thursday through Monday. A save the date will be sent to our select group of advisors shortly. 
 
Thanks much and we look forward to seeing your team on April 1st!
Hotel PR opportunity during Antigua Sailing Week
 
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, in conjunction with organizers of Antigua Sailing Week 2015, would like to present you with a fantastic partnership opportunity.
 
We are looking for hotels to host journalists during the period 23 April – May 3.  There will be over 8 journalists from various yachting titles, as well as travel publications throughout the US, UK & Europe and Brazil.
 
SAIL Magazine, SAILING Magazine, YACHTS & YACHTING Magazine, IATE LIFE,  are amongst the established and well-read  international publications that the Tourism Authority will be hosting.
 
THE OPPORTUNITY:
In exchange for accommodation and meals for the journalist your hotel will benefit from the following:
  • Recommendation of luxury accommodation options for yachtsmen/sailors  in 200 – 500 word copy and more in some instances
  • Website URLS; Images; Package information and Social Media where relevant
 DEADLINES:
This opportunity is available on a first come, first served basis – subject to approval of offer.  If you are interested, please e-mail back with your expression of interest or call us and we will be happy to provide you with more information and to discuss hosting options.  If you aren’t available to provide accommodation in this instance, or  if this opportunity is not the perfect fit for you, we definitely look forward to working with you on future projects.
 
CONTACT DETAILS:
Email: Maria Blackman – maria.blackman@aandbtourism.com
Email: Charmaine Spencer – charmaine.spencer@aandbtourism.com
Telephone: 562 - 7600
Antigua and Barbuda Showcases a Fresh New Look for Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM) – North America’s largest Cruise Convention
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism officials continue their relentless efforts to negotiate for more cruise calls. They successfully showcased the attributes and attractions of the destination, at Cruise Shipping Miami 2015. The annual event held from March 16 – 19 is the largest gathering of Cruise Tourism Officials in North America.

The Delegation headed by the Hon Asot A. Michael Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy included Senator Mary-Claire Hurst Chairperson of the Antigua Port Authority, General Manager Darwin Telemaque and Ms. Shirlene Nibbs Tourism Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism who has been tasked with redefining and revitalisng all aspects of the country’s tourism product, and sharing initiatives that have been planned in this area.

Coming out of the meetings, Tourism Minister, The Hon. Asot Michael said: “I am buoyed by the positive feedback from all our cruise line partners that, we now understand their business. There is now a renewed confidence in our product and the improvements that we can now offer. What we have started this year will translate into even more ship calls in the near future.” Full story here

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