Newsletter 16 - 26th November 2014

Promotion in Guadeloupe

The AHTA in partnership with the ABTA will be organizing a two day promotion in Guadeloupe next week. The plans are to spend two days in the Destreland Shopping Mall on Friday December 5th & Saturday December 6th where we will have an exhibition booth and interact with the general population. In the build up to Christmas there should be a lot of persons around the mall on those two days. On the evening of Friday 5th we will host a presentation and cocktail for the travel trade at the Hotel de La Vielle Tour. All the local travel agents will be invited as well as other tourism stakeholders.
The promotion will be accompanied by a media campaign in the local press, TV and Radio.
The delegation will go over to Guadeloupe on Thursday evening 4th December and will return on Sunday 7th December and will be staying at the Creole Beach Hotel.
Locally Patrick Deffit of Marking One from Martinique is assisting us to put this together.
So far representatives from Galley Bay, Verandah, Cocos, Siboney Beach Club, cocos, Jolly Beach Resort and National Tours will be accompanying representaives from the AHTA and ABTA.
It is not too late, if you are interested in being part of this promotion I would appreciate if you could let me know as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for you.
Otherwise if you have promotional material that you would like distributed in Guadeloupe, please contact the AHTA office.
Antigua Set to Launch Historic Caribbean-Wide Black Friday Sales Event

Antigua, together with 5 other Caribbean nations, make history by holding the largest, multi-island Black Friday Sales Event. With nearly 400 participating hotels and resorts, travel enthusiasts rarely see such wide cooperation among the Caribbean’s top destinations.

From 12:01am on Black Friday to 11:59pm on Cyber Monday, travelers will save 20.15% off virtually every hotel and resort on Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, St. Lucia, Anguilla and Nicaragua. The 20.15% discount is in honor of 2015.

“The hotels and resorts of Antigua are pleased to invite holiday shoppers to spend some of 2015 on one of our 365 beaches” said Neil Forrester, General Manager of the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association. “Antigua has a special ability to remove all of the cares and worries of daily life and rejuvenate the soul.”

“With such wide participation among the islands, every type of traveler can find their perfect 2015 vacation and know they’re getting a huge discount”, said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder & CEO of Regatta Travel Solutions. “It is exciting to see the major Caribbean destinations unite like this and offer travelers so many options at such a deep discount. The willingness and ability of the islands to come together in this manner and market themselves to the consumer as a region is the key to the future of the Caribbean as a premier tourism destination.”

The Black Friday Sales Event is happening exclusively on each Island’s official Hotel Association’s website and begins the morning of Black Friday. Travelers will have until midnight on Cyber Monday to book.

Four Employees from Antigua completed French Training in Guadeloupe

Last weekend, employees from Jolly Beach, Galley Bay, Saint James's Club and the AHTA returned after undergoing two weeks of French Language Training.


The training was formulated primarily for employees who interface directly with guests. As part of the training module, participants were required to complete assignments as well as make presentations in French.


Upon completion of the training, participant were awarded certificates of participation. This is the 2nd year the AHTA has participated in the programme which is facilitated by the Institut de Coopération Franco Caraïbe (ICFC), and the interest continues to grow as properties seek to target more French markets.


This week Bill Moore is back to Antigua facilitating another session of "Effective Food & Beverage Management" at the ABHTI. Twenty persons are following this course which ends on Friday giving them an insight into kitchen management, menu development, cost management and restaurant marketing.

Unfortunately due to the low registration response to the Certified Pool Operators Course which have been obliged to postpone this workshop until mid January. The new dates will be given shortly.

Full details of our training programmes can be found on our website here
December Major Airline Movements
Air Canada (AC) operates four (4) flights weekly from Toronto (YYZ) on Tuesday (effective 23rd Dec.), Thursday (effective 25th Dec.), Saturday and Sunday. Air
Canada will also operate one (1) flight weekly from Montreal (YUL) on Sunday only.
American (AA) operates daily from Miami (MIA) and New York (JFK).
British Airways (BA) operates daily from London Gatwick (LGW).
Caribbean Airlines operates two (2) flights weekly to Kingston (KIN) on Friday and Sunday.
Condor (DE) operates one (1) flight weekly from Frankfurt (FRA) on Tuesday.
Delta Air Lines operates two (2) flights weekly from Atlanta (ATL) on Tuesday (23rd-30th Dec. only ) and Saturday.
Thomas Cook (TCX) operates one (1) flight weekly from Manchester (MAN) on Sunday.
United (UA) operates three (3) flights from Newark (EWR) On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday(01st-17th Dec.) Effective 18th Dec. United will operate daily
from Newark and in addition will operate two (2) flights on Saturday and Sunday only.
US Airways (US) operates one (1) flight weekly from Charlotte (CLT) on Saturday.
Virgin Atlantic (VS) operates four (4) flights weekly from London Gatwick (LGW) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
WestJet (WS) operates two (2) flights weekly from Toronto (YYZ) on Wednesday and
Full details can be found on our website here
The statistics page of our website has been updated this week with the following:
1) Air Arrival Figures for October 2014
- By Carrier
- By US State
- By UK County
- By Canadian Pprovince
2) CTO Latest Caribbean Arrival Statistics as of November 17th

3) Cruise and Yacht Arrivals to October 2014
National Tourism News

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and owners and managers of hotels in the south of the country have agreed to collaborate to establish a satellite police station and a fire tender in the area.

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston A. Browne and Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development and Parliamentary Representative for the St. Mary’s South Constituency, the Hon. Samantha Marshall recently convened a meeting with the hoteliers, police and fire officials and the principals of OBM Limited to address the issues of fire and public safety in communities in the south.

In preparation for the upcoming winter season, Antigua and Barbuda has launched the first phase of a new online Sales, Training and Incentive Program for travel professionals.
Coined the “Antigua and Barbuda Insider Program,” this technology tool is expected to give the Antigua and Barbuda a competitive advantage by greatly enhancing the destination’s sales and marketing strategy.
Legendary television host, Robin Leach; best known for his role on the show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” hosted the annual fundraiser coordinated by the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF).
Last Wednesday evening, at the prestigious West Gate Resort in Las Vegas, the former Antigua and Barbuda resident and homeowner at Jumby Bay for some 12 years, played the dual role of emcee and auctioneer at the "Tropical Dreams and Paradise Sunsets" Gala. Each year, this festive event features a range of dive and resort packages, diving equipment, gadgets, literary works, paintings, artifacts and other dive memorabilia that are put on the auction block.
Award-Winning Film Producer makes donation to National Library

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority hosted Award-winning film producer, Patrick Baucelin, on a recent visit to Antigua to promote his latest documentary, ‘Cities of the Caribbean’.
The seventy minute documentary, produced in English, French and Spanish, features Antigua’s capital city of St. John’s, and twenty-nine other Caribbean cities.
During his one-day promotional tour, Baucelin who is from Martinique, paid a courtesy call on the Antigua and Barbuda National Library where he presented copies of the DVD to Library officials. Fifth form history students of the Princess Margaret School were also given the opportunity to meet with Baucelin, and receive the DVD.
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