Antigua & Barbuda Announces New Chairperson Of The Tourism Authority Board Of Directors & US Director of Tourism

January 30, 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) – The Honorable Minister of Tourism and Investment Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Lorraine Headley-Raeburn as Chairperson of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) Board of Directors, while Mr. Dean Fenton has been appointed as the new US Director of Tourism. Headley-Raeburn will also serve as a consultant to the Tourism Authority. As Non-Executive Chairperson of the ABTA, Mrs. Headley-Raeburn will be responsible for overseeing the development of policies and strategies designed to strengthen Antigua and Barbuda’s reputation as a world-class tourism and travel destination and achieve continued growth in tourism arrivals.

In announcing the recent appointments Minister Fernandez said, “I am very excited that Lorraine Headley-Raeburn has agreed to join our Tourism leadership team and that we have appointed Dean Fenton as the US Director of Tourism.  We have just celebrated another record-breaking year in Tourism arrivals, welcoming over one million visitors in 2018. With increased airlift, new properties set to open, and the opening of a 5th berth in St. John’s we are uniquely positioned for sustained growth. The appointments of these two talented and dedicated Antiguans are critical to our continued success. Mrs. Headley-Raeburn is the perfect person to have at the helm to maximise all opportunities to ensure our aggressive tourism goals are met; her advice and leadership will be invaluable.” The Minister continued, “The US is one of our most important markets, welcoming almost 100,000 overnight visitors per year. Our objective is to continue this momentum. We need the US Director of Tourism to have an extensive breadth of knowledge with the trade and consumer markets, and a deep contact list. Mr. Fenton will bring these important assets to the team with anticipated results of continued dynamic growth.”

Chairperson of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Board of Directors, Lorraine Headley-Raeburn

Mrs. Headley-Raeburn thanked Minister Fernandez for his support and said that she is honored to become involved in helping Antigua and Barbuda achieve marked growth in tourism arrivals to the destination. Headley-Raeburn said, “I am pleased with the commitment and passion for success and growth from Minister Fernandez, the CEO, Colin C. James and the members of the Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Authority. I am excited to begin working on these aggressive tourism goals that will positively impact not only the country and its stakeholders in the tourism industry, but also the lives of residents.”

Mrs. Headley-Raeburn has over 25 years of experience in tourism across the region, from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to the Ministry of Tourism. Highlights from her illustrious career include managing a large tourism development programme that was a joint public/private sector initiative on behalf of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association and the Ministry of Tourism. Headley-Raeburn held the position of Director General of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda for two years. She played a pivotal role in re-branding the destination, enhancing a series of local tourism promotion activities including Tourism Week and the Trading Places initiative, and increasing the international tourism profile of the country through a concerted programmme of global public relations and advertising campaigns. She also managed the tourism component of the requirements for the hosting of the Cricket World Cup in 2007, and contributed to the establishment of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. She has been an independent consultant for the past ten years and a founding Director of a beachfront boutique hotel on the South West coast of Antigua. Mrs. Headley-Raeburn has also been a Director of the Antigua Commercial Bank since 2012, serving as Chairman since October 2016. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) and having completed the Directors Education and Accreditation Programme (DEAP), she holds the designation of Acc. Dir. Mrs. Headley-Raeburn has a degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from the University of West Indies.

US Director of Tourism Dean Fenton

Mr. Dean Fenton expressed his excitement for his appointment saying, “I am honored to take on this new position for my home country, Antigua and Barbuda. We are on the precipice of seeing double-digit growth in tourism arrivals and cementing the country’s position as the greatest destination in the Caribbean. I am excited about the opportunities for the US team to play an integral role in the country’s success, and look forward to working together to ensure the US not only meets but exceeds expectations.” As the new US Director of Tourism, Fenton will be responsible for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism

Authority operations in the US. He brings with him over 15 years of marketing experience in the Caribbean tourism industry and has been working with Antigua and Barbuda since 2006. Prior to his new appointment, Mr. Fenton served as Senior Sales and Marketing Manager for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. During his tenure with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Mr. Fenton has secured over $750,000 in gratis advertising for Antigua and Barbuda in leading travel and consumer publications and increased group sales to Antigua and Barbuda by over 20%. He maintains solid relationships with travel promotional partners in the private sector, the travel industry, community and affinity groups and corporations for potential business opportunities to increase group sales, destination weddings and market share. Fenton’s specialties include marketing Antigua and Barbuda to the travel trade, media and consumers, as one of the Caribbean’s top wedding, honeymoon and romance destinations. Mr. Fenton is a graduate from Baruch College, CUNY and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing.

*This post originally appeared as a press release from Antigua & Barbuda Tourism website

Antigua And Barbuda Receives Over One Million Visitors for 2018

January 18, 2019, (St. John’s ANTIGUA) – Antigua and Barbuda welcomed over one million visitors to the destination in 2018, topping 2017 figures and leading Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism the Honourable Charles Fernandez to call 2018, “A record-setting year for Antigua and Barbuda.”

This is following the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Budget Speech on Thursday 17 January, when Prime Minister, The Honourable Gaston Browne made the announcement of the “impressive” tourism arrivals.

The destination attracted a total of 1,081,365 visitors in 2018. This is an increase in arrivals from 2017, when Antigua and Barbuda hit the one million visitor mark for the first time with, 1,059,924 visitors.

The most impressive growth was seen in stayover (air) arrivals, where the destination attracted over 20,000 more stayover visitors in 2018 than in 2017.  This brought the total number of stayover visitors who arrived via the V.C. Bird International Airport to 268,949. This represents an 8.75% increase in stayover arrivals for the year 2018.

The destination also received more cruise visitors, with cruise arrivals totaling 792,873 while arrivals by yacht totaled 19,543.

Minister Fernandez said, “We have had a very strong year of growth.  Very early in 2018, the teams were tasked with re-grouping and working more strategically to attract more stayover visitors to the destination.”

“Our teams were relentless and our tourism performance for 2018 has been exceptional.  So much so, that the 2018 stayover figures surpassed not only the 2017 figures but the 2016, 2015, and 2014 arrivals.”

The destination experienced month-on-month stayover growth for the majority of the year, with a strong finish in December 2018, when demand for the destination rose by 6% during that month compared to the previous December.

Overall stayover arrivals for the year, showed the strongest growth from the Canadian market with a 66% increase in arrivals.  The US Market where most of the destination’s visitors were derived saw an 8% growth while the UK Market, the second largest source market held its own; remaining flat mainly due to the uncertainties of Brexit that have suppressed outbound travel from the UK.  The Caribbean market also recorded an increase.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James has said: “We are optimistic about another year of growth for 2019, with the destination expected to benefit further from upgrades to our tourism infrastructure, new room stock and airlift.”

James also noted, that the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is set to launch a global summer marketing campaign that will focus on creating demand for the destination during the traditional summer off-season, with value-added offers. This will boost visitor arrivals to the destination at a time when many hotels have excess capacity.

Antigua and Barbuda has seen the tangible results of growth in tourism with the country recording economic growth of 5.3% in 2018, making the destination the fastest growing in the entire CARICOM area.

Mrs. Patrice Simon New Executive Director of AHTA

Dear Members,

I am very pleased to announce Mrs. Patrice Simon who joined us as Executive Director on January 7, 2019.

Patrice is no stranger to the Hospitality Industry having worked for seven years in the area of Marketing at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa. More recently, Patrice has served as Commercial Director and Marketing Manager for the North OECS Markets for Digicel.

Her Marketing knowledge, leadership training and fierce commitment to placing a stamp of excellence on her work, makes her a great fit to the Association. She is enthusiastic about her new role at the AHTA and is looking forward to personally meeting all of our members and working together to enhance the work of the Association.

We are pleased to welcome her and hope that you will offer your usual support.  You may email Patrice at patrice.simon@antiguahotels.org or call 462-0374.

Best regards,

Alex de Brito

 

*This post was generated from a press release from Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association

Nicole’s Table

This three course culinary adventure happens in home of Nicole Arthurton.  Having worked in restaurants in one form or another since she was a little girl in her parents’ restaurant in Plymouth, Montserrat, her genius in the kitchen emanates from a love for cooking, that her mother instilled in her as a child.

Nicole’s Caribbean cooking classes are designed so you can learn hands-on, or sit, watch, talk, and eat.  The classes are small and intimate so it is more like close friends sitting for a meal than a formal learning experience.  Nicole likes to use fresh and in-season fruits, vegetables, and herbs so it sometimes means that the ingredients will vary from class to class, depending on the season and what the market and her gardens have to offer.  So be prepared for variations in the menu and take it in stride the Caribbean way with a smile.

Classes have various themes such as:

  1. All About Jerk
  2. Cooking with Rum
  3. Coordinating Curries
  4. From the Sea

Visitors receive a full menu with recipes, Nicole’s Old Fashioned Rum Punch, soft beverages, and the food they prepare and cook.

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Antigua Eco-Fantasies

Kayak, snorkel, or just laze on the beach – all in a single excursion! Bring your eco-fantasies to life while you discover one of the lushest parts of Antigua. Enjoy a freshwater pool, tropical gardens and our private beach showcasing fruit trees, birds, and unmatched marine life.

From your ship a scenic transfer will take you to Cades Bay. Upon your arrival there will be the official tour briefing/orientation, and outfitting with your safety gear and equipment. Once completed you continue to the boardwalk from where you board your kayak – 2 to a boat…and the adventure begins with an exploration of our mangrove lagoon on the way towards one of small private beach where you will then be shuttled over via boat to Cades Reef to snorkel.  After snorkeling return to the beach for lunch and some beach time.

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Antigua Heritage & Rum Tour

Board a bus for your chance to learn everything there is to know about Antigua’s well-known rums. We will start with a visit to the remains of one of the larger slave operated sugarcane plantations and end with a visit to a local home from where we will do a rum tasting with finger foods.

En route there will be opportunities for site seeing that will highlight residential areas that were once fully cultivated in sugar cane. Your tour will feature 2 aspects of history that are distinct to sugar cane in the West Indies – the windmill towers, as well as the large cast iron vats.

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Hike the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Excursion is entirely within the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today is your day to get out for a nature walk up to Shirley Heights – the perfect opportunity to enjoy the best walking/hiking adventure that Antigua has to offer – Carpenters Rock Trail, white sand beaches and turquoise water, and stunning vistas of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour!

From Galleon Beach we continue along the beach for a few minutes – scampering and criss-crossing over the stones and surf at times until we climb to the rampart at Fort Charlotte. Throughout our route is lined with bramble bush, cactus, as well as Manchineel and other tropical foliage, and at times the thin dry trail sits on a ledge over the sea.  At Fort Charlotte, we have our first vistas of the bay below and the radiant colours of the flowers and colourful hues in the Caribbean Sea.

From here we continue for another half hour before we arrive at the Shirley Heights restored military lookout and gun battery. En route there are opportunities for short detours to enjoy the Pillars of Hercules as well as the Mermaid Gardens – two geographic land-forms that have been etched into the limestone landscape by the action of the sea.

Shirley Heights is perfect for a rest stop and photo opportunity of the restored fort, and incised coastlines and yachts anchored at the English and Falmouth Harbours below. From here we continue along the Desmond Trail for a 20 minute descent that leads back to the tour bus and Galleon Beach.

Once back at the beach there is free time to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea – jump in for a swim, or just lie on the sun while you soak up some of the warm Caribbean sunshine. Whatever you do, there will be complimentary servings of rum and fruit punches.

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Montserrat Day Tour

Do something unique and visit Montserrat, the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. Take a 1 hour and 15 minute ferry ride from Antigua to Montserrat OR take a 20-minute flight from VC Bird International Airport on a 9-seater private passenger aircraft.

Our friendly driver/guide will meet you and take care of you on your journey. Talk to people whose lives were changed forever when Montserrat’s volcano erupted over 20 years ago.

Visit Montserrat’s past capital of Plymouth which lies buried, move on to the new capital at Little Bay and to the North point at Jack Boy Hill which will surprise you with its spectacular views and allow for picture perfect moments.

And food is not far away with breakfast and lunch awaiting you at the famous Olveston House, home to Sir George Martin, producer of The Beatles. End the day with a drink from the waterfall at Runaway Ghaut where legend says that anyone who drinks from this source at that spot is sure to return to Montserrat!

Montserrat is a gem that is waiting for you!

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We’ve Been Nominated – VOTE FOR US

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