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Tourism E-Blast Quarterly Edition

The Tourism E-blast Quarterly Edition, is simply the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority’s ‘Tourism E-Blast’ revamped into a bigger, more comprehensive recap of 2014’s tourism industry happenings. Once every quarter, The Tourism E-blast Quarterly will provide informative tourism industry news; statistical information on the destination’s airlift and hotel occupancy; event happenings; and of course, island specials. To keep our readers well informed and up to date, the Tourism Authority launched The Tourism E-blast Espresso, which is a bi-monthly newsletter that offers a snap shot of activities, tours, and specials happening on island. The two offerings, The E-blast Quarterly and The E-blast Espresso, are here to keep you informed and entertained. As we like to say in Antigua & Barbuda… ‘two is better than one’. Do enjoy!

EVENTS Highlights FEATURED EVENT ISSUE FEATURE ISLAND SPECIAL TOURISM INDUSTRY NEWS HOTEL SPOTLIGHT TOURS & ATTractions

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APRIL • Copper and Lumber Seafood Fridays – April 4, 11, 18, 25 www.copperandlumberhotel.com | (268) 460-1160 | (268) 460-1159

• CPTSA Easter Sports Camp - April 22 cptsawings@actol.net | (268) 788-8783 | (268) 774-4894

• Governor General’s Cup 2014 Caribbean Air Rally – April 5 – 17 www.airrally.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/governor-generalscup-2014-caribbean-air-rally/

• Guadeloupe to Antigua Race (Antigua Yacht Club) – April 25 www.sailingweek.com

• Annual Flower and Garden Show - April 12 & 13 www.antiguahorticulture.com/ | (268) 463-2070 • Antigua & Barbuda International Kite Festival – April 16 – 23 Calvin Pilgrim - (268) 560-5693 | (268) 774-4879 | tropikiters@hotmail.com • Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – April 17 – 22 www.antiguclassics.com | (268)460-1799

• 3rd Annual CPTSA Open House & Talent Expose - April 26 cptsawings@actol.net | (268) 788-8783 | (268) 774-4894 • Urlings Seafood Festival – April 27 Wendy Tittle – (268) 462-1007 | (268) 764-8231 • 47th Annual Antigua Sailing Week – April 27 – May 2 www.sailingweek.com

• Good Friday (Public Holiday) - April 18 • EAG: Earth Day Hike to Sugar Loaf Mountain – April 19 www.eagantigua.org/ | (268) 462-6236

• Shirley Heights Sunday Sunset BBQ Party – Every Sunday www.shirleyheightslookout.com | (268) 728-0636

• Easter Monday (Public Holiday) – April 21

• Tropical Adventures Sail Away Mystic II Day Cruise – Every First Sunday www.tropicalad.com | (268) 480-1225

• Easter Monday 4x 1 Mile Road Relay - April 21 cptsawings@actol.net | (268) 788-8783 | (268) 774-4894

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• Yachting World ‘Round Antigua Race – April 26 www.sailingweek.com

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MAY • Nautical Music Festival – May 2 & 3 www.facebook.com/events/644800002240711/?ref=22

• Tropical Adventures Sail Away Mystic II Day Cruise Every First Sunday www.tropicalad.com | (268) 480-1225

• Copper and Lumber Seafood Fridays – May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 www.copperandlumberhotel.com | (268) 460-1160 | (268) 460-1159 • 6th Annual Sir Reginald Samuel Track & Field Classic – May 3 & 4 cptsawings@actol.net | (268) 788-8783 | (268) 774-4894 • Labour Day (Public Holiday) – May 5 • Annual Antigua Tennis Week at Curtain Bluff – May 10 – 17 www.curtainbluff.com/planning/events.html • EAG: Birding at McKinnon’s Pond – May 17 www.eagantigua.org/ | (268) 462-6236 • Wings Youth Basketball Festival - May 17 cptsawings@actol.net | (268) 788-8783 | (268) 774-4894 • International Anglican Food Fair – Late May • Shirley Heights Sunday Sunset BBQ Party – Every Sunday www.shirleyheightslookout.com | (268) 728-0636

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JUNE •Copper and Lumber Seafood Fridays – June 6, 13, 20, 27 www.copperandlumberhotel.com | (268) 460-1160 | (268) 460-1159

•CPTSA Sports Award Banquet- June 21 cptsawings@actol.net | (268) 788-8783 | (268) 774-4894 •Shirley Heights Sunday Sunset BBQ Party – Every Sunday www.shirleyheightslookout.com | (268) 728-0636

•Showcase Antigua Barbuda – June 5 & 6 www.members.antiguahotels.org •4th Annual Marlin Classic Fishing Tournament – June 5 - 6 www.antiguabarbudasportsfishing.com

•Tropical Adventures Sail Away Mystic II Day Cruise – Every First Sunday www.tropicalad.com | (268) 480-1225

•48th Annual Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament & Seafood Festival June 6 - 8 www.antiguabarbudasportsfishing.com

Shirley Heights Sunday Sunset BBQ Party

•Caribana in Barbuda – June 5 - 9 •Whit Monday (Public Holiday) – June 9 •Grown & Sexy in Antigua IV (UK Party) – June 13 – 22 www.grownandsexy.co.uk •Romance Month: Destination Wedding Sweepstakes – Early June •World Environment Day – Guiana and Bird Island Boat Tour – June 21 http://www.eagantigua.org/ | (268) 462-6236

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Event Highlights

Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta & Rum Festival Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge Antigua and Barbuda, The Yachting Capital of the Caribbean, was once again host to an esteemed International Marine event – the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Deemed the ‘World’s Toughest Rowing Race’, the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge involved thirteen row boats which departed from Sam Sebastian in La Gomera, and made their way across the raging Atlantic waters en route for Antigua. Participants of this over 3000 mile voyage were welcomed at the historic Nelson’s Dockyard, and given a warm welcoming ceremony after their extensive journey. The country is also expected host the finishing Talisker Whiskey Race in 2015.

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Jolly Harbour Antigua came alive in February to kick off this year’s Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta and Rum Festival. This annual event has been capturing the attention of sea lovers for over 20 years, and it just keeps getting better! Many boating aficionados occupied the world-class marina to attend the series of events, and participate in the various sailing and entertainment activities.The West Coast of Antigua was filled with scores of sailing enthusiasts, cruisers, and the many spectators that came out to have a good time, and witness the exhilarating racing. The Regatta comprised of three days of fun-filled racing, shore-side activities, and lively parties each night with live entertainment.


RORC Caribbean 600 Race

WICB ODI Cricket Matches The SirVivian Richards Cricket Stadium was filled with excitement, as Antigua & Barbuda hosted three WICB ODI cricket matches on the grounds, on February 28th, March 2nd and 5th 2014. West Indies’ fans came out in their numbers and colours to show their solidarity for their WI team, as well as numerous English fans. Countless flags were seen waving throughout the crowd in much anticipation, as the ‘We versus Them’ games commenced until the nail-biting finish.

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Six hundred and eighty-two crew members from all around the globe participated in the 6th Edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 race, with each crew determined to take line honours and the Multihull class win. Antigua & Barbuda was once again the amazing backdrop for this pulsating nautical contest, as the country welcomed sixty yachts from eleven different countries to its shores. As the start gun ripped through the air at Fort Charlotte to signal the start of this rigorous race, the outstanding international fleets of yachts each displayed their skills against the winds and waves vying to take the coveted title. The route which surrounded eleven Caribbean islands made it an exhilarating race track for the crews, with neck-to-neck racing throughout the duration. The winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best yacht, overall in IRC on corrected time was George Sakellaris’ RP72, Shockwave.


FEATURED EVENT

Antigua

Sailing Week 26th April – 2nd May, 2014

It’s that time of year again in Antigua & Barbuda where, “Sailing Comes First”! Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) has become renowned as one of the most exhilarating racing events on the international sailing calendar over the last 20 years, and is also an excellent time to visit Antigua and take advantage of what is considered to be an ‘island-wide party’ celebration.

of background and live music every day and evening in the Event Village and some nights there are parties in various other locations. Mid-Sailing Week, there is no racing but the famous Antigua Sailing Week ‘Lay Day’ events are not to be missed!

This year’s Antigua Sailing Week will take place from April, 26th – May, 2nd 2014. Antigua Sailing Week began in 1967 with only 10 boats, and from small beginnings the regatta has developed into a world-class sailing event. In past years, the event has seen over 200 entries, and has grown to now also include an ‘Ocean Series’ for boats that prefer ocean racing.

Check out the ASW 2014 Racing Programme:

However, land lovers as well as sailors alike can enjoy all of the festivities of ASW, as there are many non-competing yachts that tag along to witness the action first-hand, and there are fantastic look-out points around the island from which to spectate. The ASW Event Village is located in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour and is the central point at which all the crews gather at the end of the day’s racing to exchange stories and enjoy happy hour from 3 to 6 pm. There is a combination

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For more information visit: www.sailingweek.com

April 26th – Yachting World Round Antigua Race Falmouth and English Harbours April 27th – AUA College of Medicine Race Day 1 @ Antigua Yacht Club April 28th – Johnnie Walker Race Day 2 - Antigua Yacht Club April 29th – English Harbour Rum Runner Race Day 3 Antigua Yacht Club April 30th – ‘Lay Day’ & Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge - Pigeon Point beach May 1st – Race Day 4 @ Antigua Yacht Club May 2nd – Race Day 5 @ Antigua Yacht Club


Sailing Week

upcoming CalendaR Opening of the Wadadli Beer Grill Nelson’s Dockyard Car park April 24, 2014 - 6:00 pm – May 3, 2014 - 2:00 am

Yachting World Round Antigua Race Prize Giving and Official Antigua Sailing Week Welcome Party Nelson’s Dockyard April 26, 2014 - 6:00 pm – April 27, 2014 - 12:00 am

Wadadli Cats Chase the Race Falmouth Harbour Marina April 27, 2014 - 8:30 am – 3:30 pm AUA College of Medicine Daily Prize Giving for Race Day 1 Antigua Yacht Club April 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Rum and Rhythms Antigua Yacht Club April 27, 2014 - 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Johnny Walker Prize Giving for Race 2 - Antigua Yacht Club April 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm An Audience With… Antigua Yacht Club April 28, 2014 - 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm The English Harbour Rum Prize Giving for Race 3 Antigua Yacht Club April 29, 2014 - 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tourism E-blast Quarterly Edition 2014

Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge Pigeon Point April 30, 2014 - 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunset Beach Party Pigeon Point April 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm Vueve Clicquot Sunset Party Catherine’s Café Plage April 30, 2014 - 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Race Day 4 Daily Prize Giving Antigua Yacht Club May 1, 2014 - 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Shirley Heights Lookout Breakfast Party April 27, 2014 - 8:00 am – 11:00 am

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English Harbour presents Shaggy live in Concert Shirley Heights April 29, 2014 - 5:00 pm – April 30, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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Digicel Eat Street @ Wadadli Beer Grill Nelson’s Dockyard May 1, 2014 - 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Race Day 5 Daily Prize Giving Antigua Yacht Club May 1, 2014 - 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Final Awards Ceremony and after Party Nelson’s Dockyard May 2, 2014 - 7:00 pm – May 3, 2014 - 1:00 am Dockyard Day Nelson’s Dockyard May 4, 2014 - 2:00 pm For up to date information on Antigua Sailing Week visit us online at: www.sailingweek.com or facebook.com/antiguasailingweek. Also for your complete guidelines to Antigua Sailing Week 2014, please see the complete ASW Sailing Instructions.


HOTEL SPOTLIGHT

Antigua Gone Green

MACO Caribbean Living Advertorial Three of Antigua’s leading ‘eco-chic’ hotels were featured in the fourth issue of MACO Caribbean Magazine in an article ‘Antigua Gone Green.’ In this article, they featured Hermitage Bay Resort, Keyonna Beach and Curtain Bluff Resort for their luxurious, yet environmentally-conscious housing and operation practices. Take a look at what MACO had to say....

Hermitage Bay Designed to maximise on peace and quiet, Hermitage Bay is the ideal location for letting your mind and soul quiet down. With 25 luxury cottages which are nestled into one of the most secluded corners of Antigua and 16 acres of lush tropical gardens, this eco-chic luxury hotel offers a five-star resort experience without hampering the natural surroundings. Rather, the appointments are stylish and the white sands and azure waters are just footsteps away, offering the opportunity for relaxation in the calm and isolated luxury that Hermitage Bay has become renowned for. Hermitage Bay

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has also been nominated at the 2013 World Travel Awards in the “World’s Leading’’ category for boutique hotel and design hotel. Eight of the beachfront cottages feature a spacious split-level lounge and patio, with large wraparound decks and private plunge pools. The 17 hillside pool suites afford the added luxury of private sun decks. While you’re lounging on the deck, or beach or lazing in bed, the resort will prepare carefully crafted meals designed to fulfil the exclusive luxury experience. The menu changes daily to feature freshly squeezed local juices, locally grown produce, and organic ingredients, and the entrées are prepared to order. The kitchen also takes special requests and is always open for your convenience. Hermitage Bay is the ideal eco-friendly chic hotel for the jet-setter looking to leave all cares at the door. Or, for lovers seeking to enjoy their first moments as a married couple, or to re-kindle the romance of their relationship with ease and inspiration. For more information: info@hermitagebay.com - www.hermitagebay.com Tel: +1 268 562 5500 - Tel: +1 268 764 5515 (reservations 24-hour service) -Tel: +1 268 562 8080 (for reservations) USA toll free: 855-562-8080 - Canada Reservations: 905-235-9091 fax: +1 268 562 5505 - P. O. Box 60 - St. John’s, Antigua, West Indies Antigua stands out not only because of its loveliness, but the island offers rich history and some of the most interesting stays on earth.


Curtain Bluff Keyonna Beach If it’s a no fuss, no muss allinclusive vacation that you are in the market for, then Keyonna Beach is the place for you. A Trip Advisor Certified Excellence Winner 2013, Keyonna Beach sits right on the soft sand of Antigua’s south-west coast, and offers endless views of the serene Antiguan Sea. With traditional Caribbean-esque four-poster beds, and open verandas where you can enjoy the cool breeze wafting from the ocean, the rooms at Keyonna Beach are your chance to escape the routine of regular life. Each intimate room allows you to connect with your partner, away from the hustle of everyday life. Fashioned as a couples-only hotel, Keyonna Beach is located in Johnson’s Point and is not that far from other restaurants and hotels. Views of nearby Montserrat and the local sights and sounds of the island make this boutiquefeel stay a unique opportunity. Keyonna Beach also provides canopied Bali daybeds right on the beach, making nature voyeurism a breeze. The Beach Restaurant has a multi-tiered, wooden terrace, for casual secluded beachfront dining. The hotel menu also changes daily, affording couples the chance to sample all the local dishes that the island has to offer. A true lover’s paradise, Keyonna Beach is the ideal stay for couples to reconnect and celebrate the reasons that make their lives happy. For more information: Johnson’s Point - Antigua, West Indies Tel: +1 268 562-2020 Email: info@keyonnabeach.com

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As its name suggests, Curtain Bluff sits right on the edge of a cliff and offers guests an allinclusive luxury stay for both couples and families. Charming and very much the idyllic beachfront hotel in look and ambiance, Curtain Bluff has 72 spacious suites and guest rooms facing the palm-shaded, whitesand Surf Beach and the jagged headland that gives the resort its name. Being Green Globe Certified, it’s no surprise that at the 2013 World Travel Awards, Curtain Bluff was also nominated for the leading green hotel in the Caribbean. Guests can choose from deluxe rooms to one bedroom Bluff Suites where large, floor-to-ceiling windows and verandas or ground-floor terraces afford miles of panoramic island views. Rooms are luxe, but the appointments are streamlined and well equipped with modern luxuries that are still environmentally conscious. All meals are included and quality is never sacrificed, since the resort also features Curtain Bluff ’s award-winning culinary team, led by French-born Executive Chef Christophe Blatz. In keeping with the romantic and eco-friendly nature of the resort, TV sets are relegated to the common viewing area, which leaves a lot more time for a couple to enjoy the king-sized beds made especially for two. For families or groups, the king-sized beds can be converted into twins. Couches can be made into beds for young children sharing a room or suite with their parents. Rooms and suites can be linked together to create the best configuration for your needs (up to four bedrooms). Great for couples, families or a bunch of friends, Curtain Bluff ’s luxury allinclusive package may just be the vacation you never thought of…till now! For more information: P.O. Box 288, Old Road Antigua, West Indies T: toll-free from US: 888/289-9898 or 268/462-8400 T: toll-free from UK: 0800-051-8956

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ISSUE FEATURE

Antigua & Barbuda Honours & Celebrates its Cricket Legends Antigua and Barbuda is well known for its blue skies bathed in sun rays, and 365 golden sand beaches with tranquil turquoise waters. However, as the destination’s tagline states, ‘the beach is just the beginning’. Antigua and Barbuda also boasts an enchanting history rooted in a unique and zestful culture, with smiles as bright as the sun. It is an authentic display of real island life. However, one cannot fully assimilate the culture of Antigua and Barbuda without considering the island’s passion and undying devotion to the game of cricket. Although its cohort of cricket players is small,Antigua and Barbuda has produced some of the best cricketers of all time, both regionally and internationally. Moreover, the former national stadium, the Antigua Recreation Grounds, has been the platform for many world-breaking cricket records, and is where many great players began their legendary careers. One of Antigua and Barbuda’s most famous cricketers and it’s only living National Hero, Sir Vivian Richards, (also known as the ‘Master Blaster’), scored

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the fastest test match century off fifty-six balls against England in the Blackwash series of 1986 at the Antigua Recreation Grounds. Former West Indies captain Brian Lara also made his mark on the grounds, and set the record twice for highest individual test innings, making 375 in 1994 and 400 not out in 2004, against England. Wednesday, February 26th 2014, was a glorious heart-warming day for the country as they commemorated and honoured one of their very own celebrities, Sir Vivian Richards. The National Hero and West Indian Cricket legend was paid tribute with the unveiling of a monumental statue of himself, at the present national stadium that is named after him.The gala affair was attended by members of the international press, several members of Sir. Viv’s family as well as cricketing greats Sir Wes Hall, Sir Ian Botham, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Richie Richardson. The monument of Sir Vivian Issac Alexander Richards is located outside the entrance to the main pavilion of the Cricket Stadium. It was a historic week of celebrations in the country as three other Antiguan cricket greats were knighted and commemorated at the opening match of the WICB ODIs on Friday, February, 28th 2014. Former fast bowlers Andy Roberts and Curtly Ambrose and former West Indies captain and batsman Richie Richardson received this prestigious tribute by Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, in a ceremony that was also attend by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer. Roberts, Ambrose and Richardson all made significant contributions during their tenure on the West Indies Cricket Team, and represented Antigua and Barbuda to the highest degree.


Blue Waters Resort Summer Early Booking Bonus Book before 15th April 2014 and receive a saving of US$110 for every night stayed, in any room category – minimum of 7 nights applies. www.bluewaters.net

ISLAND SPECIALS

Hermitage Bay Resort Easter Special Book before 30 April for stays from April 20 – 30, 2014. Seven (7) nights in any suite category and pay for five (5). Fourteen (14) nights in any suite category and pay for ten (10). www.hermitagebay.com Keyonna Beach Honeymoon Special Book a stay of three (3) nights or more and enter the promo code ‘Honeymoon’ for online bookings. Honeymooners receive a free bottle of sparkling wine on arrival. www.keyonnabeach.com

Carlisle Bay Simply Carlisle Fly in the morning and relax on the beach in the afternoon - this is what makes Carlisle Bay perfect for a short break to escape the cold weather. Available 5 January to 26 April 2014. www.campbellgrayhotels.com

City View Hotel International & Caribbean Traveller Special Promo Code – CVHEA 0414; Rates begin at US$99.00 per night, single/double occupancy all taxes inclusive. Two Kids under 12 Stay FREE! Offer valid until April 30, 2014. For more information, call 268 562 0259 or visit www.cityviewantigua.com

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successful meetings with European based Tourism Executives and Airlines. Boston Globe Travel Show , Boston, Massachusetts – February 8 – 10, 2014. The ABTA US office, along with the AHTA and nine hotel partners participated in the Boston Globe Travel Show. The show was well attended and visitors showed genuine interest in the destination. Several of the hoteliers were able to take bookings at the show.

TOURISM INDUSTRY NEWS Marketing Presence Tradeshows

Salon du Voyages, Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe – November 22 -24, 2013. Antigua and Barbuda tourism partners had a successful showcasing of the destination, with the delegation being led by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, and a strong representation from the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association. They were joined by representatives from Elite Island Resorts, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Halcyon Resort (Rex Resorts), the VIP Group of Properties, Curtain Bluff Resort, along with National Tours. Caribbean Marketplace, Montego Bay, Jamaica – January 12 – 15, 2014. Representatives from the ABTA Caribbean Office attended CHTA’s Caribbean Marketplace and met with key suppliers in the various markets such as Air Canada Holidays, Virgin Holidays and Trip Advisor to name a few.

ITB Berlin, Berlin, Germany March 5 – 9, 2014.

The Antigua & Barbuda delegation for ITB was led by CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), Colin C. James and included Neil Forester President of the Antigua and Barbuda Hotel and Tourist Association, Cherrie Osborne, Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Tourism for UK and Europe and Antigua and Barbuda’s Honourary Counsel in Germany, Dr. Werner Giersch. Local hotel partners such as Jolly Beach, Carlisle Bay, Blue Waters, Sugar Ridge, and Hermitage Bay were also present on the stand to jointly support this European marketing effort. The teams conducted a packed schedule of

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NY Times Travel Show, New York, New York – February 28 – March 2, 2014. Representatives from the ABTA NY Office and the AHTA attended the NY Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The show was well attended and was very successful. Also in attendance were representatives from Tamarind Hills, Elite Island Resorts, Sugar Ridge Resort, Villas of Sunset Lane and The Inn at English Harbour.

Beaches Construction to begin in first quarter of 2015. Construction work on the Beaches project in Antigua should commence between the months of April and May next year, according to Sandals Chairman the Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart.The Chairman explained, “We have started the ground work but in terms of physical work, we are looking at around April/May. We will start off with the building of the cays and suites and move on to the attractions such as an iceskating rink (a first), waterpark slides, a cinema, an X Box lounge, sesame street camp and other features you have seen firsthand.”

AHTA Antigua Showcase AHTA to organize Destination Symposium in June The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association in collaboration with the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority presents “SHOWCASE ANTIGUA BARBUDA” at the Sandals Grande Antigua, scheduled for the 5th and 6th June 2014. This event provides one and a half days of pre-scheduled appointment sessions and activities where Wholesalers and Tour Operators from our source markets can meet and conduct business with regional suppliers in the tourism industry. Full details can be found at www.members.antiguahotels.org


FAMILIARIZATION & PRESS TRIPS The ABTA hosted the following FAM & Press Trips during the months of January through March: • Lindsay Sutton – January 2 – 9, 2014 – Thomas Cook writer. • UK celebrity Sophie Ellis-Bextor and family – January 13, 2014. – Stingray City excursion • Johanne Robinson – February 24, 2014 – Canadian travel agent • Cricket ODI Media Press Trip – March 1, 2014 – UK Media covering Cricket ODIs West Indies v. England • Canadian Press Trip –Elizabeth Kerr and Melody Wren – March Canadian Magazine writers

• Micheline & Richard Dion March – Canadian Travel agent

• Jane and Phil Harris March 25 – 28, 2014 – Writers from Waterfront Magazine

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Partnership/Support/Sponsorship ABTA Partners with West Indies Cricket Board for ODI Cricket Match Promotion. The ABTA partnered with the WICB and the Wadadli Animal Nature Park for the promotion of the ODI Cricket Matches West Indies v.s England that were held in Antigua on February 28, March 3 & 5, 2014. The ABTA began pushing the ODI matches with ‘Save the Date’ ads which were featured in The Daily Observer and on Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Social Media pages. The ABTA also provided radio and television advertising for Cricket ODIs via the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) and Caribbean Superstation (CSS) and the promotion of Wadadli Animal Nature Park’s Cricket Party which took place on March 1, 2014. ABTA Sponsors Smoking Grillers Team for Cattlemen’s Caribbean BBQ Competition. The ABTA supported the Smoking Grillers team on their journey to Puerto Rico on February 21-24, 2014 to compete in the Cattlemen’s Caribbean BBQ Competition. The team was successful in securing placement in several categories of the competition. They received first place in the Showmanship Award, second place in the Pork category, fourth in the best BBQ sauce and sixth in the Beef category, overall position was ninth from among forty competitors. Chefs Christopher Terry and Rochelle Anthony competed in the Professional Chef Competition and secured second place. The Smoking Grillers Team has surely made a mark in Puerto Rico and proudly represented Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua’s cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards batted his way around Antigua, showing his favourite spots on island in a newly-launched destination video.


CMC coverage of Antigua Carnival 2013 was released on CaribVision and online via Antigua & Barbuda Tourism’s Social Media pages.

The ABTA launched the 2014 edition of the Tours and Attractions Guide at this year’s Cruise Shipping Miami Conference in Miami Beach, Florida.

The destination’s cuisine was featured on Fodor’s Travel website www.fodors.com in an article “Where to Eat in Antigua Now.” www.fodors.com

Two lucky regional cricket fans were the winners of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority’s, ‘Save Me a Room for Cricket’ promotion. The winners flew to Antigua and enjoyed two of the three WICB ODI cricket matches West Indies vs. England. The ABTA partnered with Thomas Cook Airlines for a promotion in January. One lucky winner, Ms. Keitha Southwell, and a guest will fly for free to Manchester on Thomas Cook Airlines.

Antigua & Barbuda remains a favorite among travelers as it was one of only two Eastern Caribbean Islands ranked among the region’s top 10 destinations to receive ‘Traveller’s Choice Destination Award 2014’

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Also launched at the beginning of the year, was the 2014 Events Calendar which details events happening in Antigua & Barbuda.

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority launched the Tourism Espresso Newsletter that is a shortened version of the ABTA Tourism E-Blast. The Espresso gives a snap-shot of our local events, culinary delights, resort specials and exhilarating attractions!


Airlift Update

New V.C. Bird International Airport Terminal Due to Open Later in 2014. The new airport terminal at the VC Bird International Airport is now over 70 percent completed. The project, which covers a total of 23,000 square metres of space, is on track for completion in September 2014. The state-of-the-art terminal will feature: four jet bridges, four escalators, four elevators, 12 X-ray machines and CCTV monitoring. The new terminal is designed to handle 1,800 passengers per hour. A government estimate found that a significant amount of funds worth of economic impact had been generated in the country due to the airport project, which is being constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). More information about the new airport terminal may be found at www.vcbia.com/about/airport-development Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Delighted at News of Air Passenger Duty (APD) Reform in 2015. The British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne announced that the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be reformed from next year.The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) was pleased at the Chancellor’s announcement that stated from April of 2015, the APD will be simplified into a two band system: Band A for short-haul flights of less than 2000 miles from London; and Band B for all long-haul flights more than 2000 miles from London (including flights to the Caribbean). In 2015-16, the new B and B will be charged at the planned rate £71 for reduced-rate passengers and £142 for standard-rate passengers. The CTO, for quite some time, has been lobbying against the unfair system which charged a higher rate of APD on flights to Barbados than Hawaii and placed the United States at a competitive advantage. CTO is more than delighted that the Chancellor has finally accepted the Caribbean’s proposal made in November 2010 to return to the simpler and fairer two band system. For more information on the APD Reform, visit www.onecaribbean.org

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British Airways increases flights to the destination. The UK market continues to rebound for the twin-island state as British Airways plans to increase services to its top winter hotspots, with extra capacity beginning October, 26th 2014. Antigua & Barbuda will see a 10% increase in seating capacity to the destination, with three out of the seven daily, non-stop British Airways flights to Antigua, now being solely dedicated to holiday-makers wanting to visit the destination. This additional 10% increase in lift provides more seating capacity to accommodate more visitors, while giving passengers more direct accessibility to the destination, and also providing a more direct flight turn-around for passengers. This expansion demonstrates British Airways’ continued commitment to Antigua & Barbuda as a tourist destination. For more information about British Airways, visit www. britishairways.com Air Antilles Express Twice-Weekly Flight Schedule to End in April Air Antilles Express’ winter schedule will end on April 10, 2014. Over the 2013-14 winter season, Air Antilles provided Antigua and Barbuda with alternative direct connection options to and from Guadeloupe.This service is an extension of a Corsair flight out of Paris, France, in partnership with Promo Sejours, a French tour operator which started to sell the destination from this past winter. More information about Air Antilles may be found at www.flyairantilles.com

LIAT - The Caribbean Airline Adds New Aircraft to Fleet. LIAT - The Caribbean Airline has recently added a new ATR aircraft to its fleet which now totals 20 aircraft. LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines and the addition to the new fleet will surely help to improve the airlines’ operational performance and will significantly help LIAT handle increased passenger volume for the upcoming season. *please include increased seating capacity of the new aircraft. For more information about LIAT, visit www.liat.com

Thomas Cook flight schedule renewed for new 2014-15 Winter Season. Thomas Cook Airlines will be returning for another season with its non-stop weekly service into Antigua and Barbuda every Sunday, with a scheduled departure out of Manchester International (MAN) at 10:00 am and arrive into the V.C Bird International Airport (ANU) at 2:45 pm. Thomas Cook, originating out of Manchester International Airport (MAN), UK, will recommence its service into the destination on Sunday 9th November, 2014. We are pleased to have the airline returning to the destination beginning. For more information about Thomas Cook, visit www.flythomascook.com Take a Trip to Barbuda! How to Get to our Sister Isle… Take a trip over to Barbuda either by air or by sea. The Barbuda Express Ferry is an innovative wave-piercing catamaran giving maximum passenger comfort at high speed.The journey time of 90 minutes in nearly all weather conditions makes it ideal for business use and for day-trips or excursions. The Barbuda Express runs 5 days a week between Antigua and Barbuda. For more information visit: www.barbudaexpress.com You can also book a flight on ABM Air to travel to Barbuda. As a small regional airline, ABM Air offers a level of personal service that is rarely encountered in modern times. It is only a short 15 minutes flight over before landing at the Codrington Barbuda Airport. For information on flight schedules check: www.antigua-flights.com

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Sea Focus

The E-blast Quarterly team sat down with Mr. Cameron Fraser and discussed his take on Cruise Tourism in Antigua & Barbuda. What do you see as some of the challenges facing the cruise tourism sector in Antigua & Barbuda? At the moment trying to continuously grow the cruise business for the islands is challenging, we collectively (as tourism partners and government) have to examine and address the financial, infrastructural, and customer service issues being faced by the Port of St. John’s. If these key issues are to be addressed sooner rather than later this would help to progress the sector and attract larger cruise vessels and more cruise lines. What do you think could be done to enhance current cruise business? We need to continue to attract the range of cruise vessels that we can presently accommodate and push to encourage more calls from our current cruise partners. We should also look at trying to encourage the cruise lines to stay later into the evenings in the Port of St. John’s, and try to grow evening business for the business in-and-around the Port area. What more immediate improvements would you like to see for the cruise sector? I would like to see the infrastructural changes and improvements planned for Heritage Quay and the Port area commence, with a planned project time frame for the completion. However, I do understand the financial constraints faced by the government, who will bear the majority of the cost

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of this investment. I would like to see more private sector cooperation and inclusion in the cruise tourism sector - possibly through direct investment partnerships with the cruise lines.

About the Contributor CAMERON FRASER, Managing Director, Key Properties

Cameron Fraser, a member of one of Antigua’s pre-eminent families, is responsible for some of the island’s most successful tourism-based businesses, including Coco Bay Resort, Sheer Restaurant, the Coconut Beach Club and Redcliffe Quay in St. Johns. His company Key Properties, has a total of forty-seven businesses operating within Redcliffe Quay, catering to both tourists and locals. Fraser is also the visionary behind the building and completion of the Heritage Quay and Nevis Street Piers. In the early 1980’s, Frasier’s father, the late Bill Fraser and his friend John Astor, formed Key Properties. After his father’s death in 1996, Fraser and his brother Ian began managing the company and maintaining the character and history of the buildings. Fraser was Manager of the Antigua Pier Group until 2006 when he left to lead the management team at the Nonsuch Bay Development, a La Perla International project. However, he retains his position as a Member of the Board of Directors of APG and ABCTA.


Antigua & Barbuda receives good news at Cruise Shipping Miami, 2014.

TOURS & ATTractions

Antigua and Barbuda recently attended the Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM) Trade and Convention Show, held from March 10 – 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida, one of the largest cruise trade events internationally, which showcases the world’s leading cruise destinations. The islands’ official delegation was led by the Hon. Trevor Walker, Minister of Public Works and Communications, and also included were representatives from The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, The Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services (ADOMS) Antigua Pier Group, Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association, and St. John’s Development Corporation. the seabed. The delegates conducted a series of productive meetings with several executives of the cruise lines, which included: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruises, and Carnival Cruise Lines. Key cruise partners continue to show their confidence and support in the destination by increasing calls for the upcoming season. Director-Government & Community Relations for Latin America & the Caribbean, for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), Mr. Federico Gonzalez-Denton reaffirmed RCCL’s support for the twin-island state, with whom they have an excellent relationship. He is quoted as saying that “the trends for Antigua and Barbuda have been dramatically positive”. RCCL provides 60% of Antigua & Barbuda’s cruise business bringing over 185,000 passengers to the islands for this current season. This figure is scheduled to increase to 216,000 passengers next season. The cruise line will also increase its overall calls to the destination to 83 calls, up from 71 for the current season.

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Anchored in the beautiful turquoise waters of Jolly Harbour, is one of Antigua’s newest attractions. D-Boat, accessible by a 10-minute ferry-ride, is a delightful restaurant, bar and lounge that is quickly making a name for itself as one of Antigua’s most desirable entertainment locations, boasting magnificent views from the ocean, delicious food and an overall good time. D-Boat is a 1974 decommissioned oil tanker that has been completely modernized, and sits dramatically atop stunning blue waters. Here, they offer a varied menu which has a vibrant selection that is sure to be pleasing to all tastes and appetites. Come for lunch and relax with one of their famous mojitos, or enjoy the 25 foot slide or water trampoline. After some fun in the sun and sea, guests should really try some of their specialty dishes like the ceviche, coconut shrimp, or seafood pasta, to name a few. The Espresso Team enjoyed lunch on D-Boat and sampled a variety of the scrumptious dishes. Here’s what we had:


radiant sunsets over the tranquil waters while sipping on a specialty cocktail. D-Boat is the ideal place to eat, drink and relax. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Also check out D-Boat’s popular DJ nights, every Friday and Saturday. Open daily from 11:00am – 11:00pm. Sunset Happy Hour: Monday – Thursday 5:00pm – 6:00pm. For more information, visit: www.dboatantigua.com Wadadli Saltfish Balls served with the Chef’s Special Dip Waterline Crispy Calamari served with Spicy Marinara Sauce Buffalo and Barbecue Wings with Blue Cheese and Ranch Dips * The appetizer portions were surprisingly large and very tasty. We especially enjoyed the saltfish balls that were perfectly seasoned with just a hint of spice. Buffalo wings were also well prepared. D-Boat Burger served with coleslaw and French fries – D-Boat’s specialty house burger served with lettuce, tomato, blue cheese, bacon and red onion marmalade D-Boat Salad topped – mixed greens topped with conch, shrimp, scallops, lobster, tomato, red onion served with passion fruit dressing Riggers Grilled Chicken – marinated chicken thighs grilled to perfection with honey mustard glaze, served with jasmine rice and mixed vegetables Captain Jack’s Marinated Salmon – grilled, marinated salmon served with jasmine rice, bok choy and ginger sauce. *The entrees were also very substantial and very tasty. The marriage of flavours and textures in all the dishes complimented each other well and the team was very satisfied. Needless to say, there was absolutely no room for dessert but be sure to make preparations for when you visit to fit that in. If dinner is more your speed, the restaurant is romantically transformed with candle lit lamps that provide the perfect ambiance. Early diners can enjoy

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