Thousands of Antiguans and Barbudans to Benefit From Major Employment Recruitment Drive by Royal Caribbean Group

Miami – Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism and Investment The Honourable Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez was joined by Royal Caribbean Group, Vice President of Government Relations, Americas, Russell Benford to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and Royal Caribbean Group to bring thousands of job opportunities to the people of Antigua and Barbuda in June.

In making the announcement, Minister Fernandez said, “Royal Caribbean is one of the iconic brands that is part of the foundation of cruise tourism in the Caribbean, and this initiative will not only see a huge cadre of our tourism professionals become gainfully employed while being ambassadors for our country, but it will further strengthen the partnership between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and Royal Caribbean. It’s a win-win solution for all of us.”

The Minister also spoke of the Government’s careful and successful management of the coronavirus pandemic that gave Royal Caribbean the confidence they could hire the services of citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, knowing our people are vaccinated, fully trained and possess the skills needed to add value to Royal Caribbean’s operations.

“The relationship between Royal Caribbean and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda goes back well over 30 years,” said Benford. “We have supported each other through the most challenging times and signing this agreement demonstrates the strength of our partnership and will result in boosting the tourism economy.”

He added, “I take this opportunity to congratulate Minister Fernandez as well as our entire team involved in moving negotiations forward that will benefit the people of Antigua and Barbuda. This is a good day for the travel industry.”

In congratulating Royal Caribbean for its service to Caribbean tourism, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority CEO, Colin C. James remarked, “Antigua and Barbuda have enjoyed a strong rebound in cruise arrivals in January and March of this year and Royal Caribbean has been a major part of that. This new partnership will impact hospitality employment opportunities for the destination in a positive way that goes beyond just welcoming cruise passengers to our shores.”

The employment initiative on Royal Caribbean’s ships will commence with a major job fair in St. John’s in June open to nationals and residents of Antigua and Barbuda. Opportunities for employment are in a number of positions such as the Marine sector which include junior seaman, junior engine man, assistant electricians; in the Operations Sector including storekeepers, cruise staff, youth staff, sports staff, laundry and restaurant attendants, bar waiters, wait staff, bakers, and butchers. In the specialty sector, vacancies are available for all positions in the casino, entertainers, photographers, and the list goes on. “This is the tourism industry performing at its finest”, James concluded.

Antigua and Barbuda will also receive the bonus of showcasing the talent of its people in a range of services.  The new employees will be Antigua and Barbuda’s cruise guest ambassadors and further strengthen the existing Royal Caribbean partnership.

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Jamaica Ranked #1 in the Caribbean for Summer Bookings

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Destination Jamaica ranks at the top for bookings by US travelers heading to the Caribbean in coming weeks and months.

The announcement was made during a high-level meeting lead by Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett today, between Senior Executives of Flight Centre Travel Group Limited (FLT), one of the world’s largest travel groups at their US headquarters in New Jersey and JTB team members.

The Executives also shared optimism for 2023 and 2024 with strong bookings for Jamaican vacations.

“This is great news as we actively work on recovery in the US, which is our biggest source market. Based on these booking numbers Jamaica may experience the best summer ever since the pandemic,” said Minister Bartlett.

Flight Centre is a 40-year-old travel agency that is headquartered in Australia with offices in the United States and other countries across the globe.

“Part of our recovery strategy is meeting with our long-standing tourism partners like Flight Centre to get a feel of market sentiment and projections and we are happy that Jamaica remains top of mind,” added Minister Bartlett.

“We are aggressively working towards recovery, and we cannot do this without partners like Flight Centre. As travel rebounds, we aim to ensure that Jamaica is the first choice for visitors,” said Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica.

Jamaica Tourist Board and Ministry of Tourism team members who were apart of the discussions include Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director of Tourism, Americas, Francine Carter- Henry, Manager, Tour Operators and Airlines, Delano Seiveright, Senior Strategist and Advisor, and Fiona Fennell, Public Relations and Communications Manager.

For more information about Jamaica, please visit www.visitjamaica.com.

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The Jamaica Tourist Board Partners with Tempo Networks for Season 2 of ‘Hot Ones Caribbean’

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, May 13, 2022 – The Jamaica Tourist Board will be welcoming TEMPO Networks to Jamaica this year to produce the second season of Hot Ones Caribbean, the Caribbean version of Complex Networks’ popular interview web series, Hot Ones. With over 1 billion views, TEMPO will feature top Jamaican celebrities, hot pepper sauces and a diverse mix of Jamaican talent across various sectors including the arts, sports, culinary, business and government.

“We are excited to partner with TEMPO for this series of 14 episodes of Hot Ones Caribbean from Jamaica,” said Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board. “Part of our mission in promoting brand Jamaica is to highlight factors that distinguish the island from other destinations around the world such as our local cuisine and spices, so this partnership with TEMPO will help us do just that. Plus, with 2022 being our 60th Anniversary of Independence, we are particularly pleased to be the focus of season 2 of this show.”

With their partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board for Season 2, TEMPO plans to showcase Jamaica’s culture to highlight the best of the island’s culinary influence, culture, and celebrity impact around the world.

“From music to sports to cuisine and an absolutely breathtaking destination, Jamaica is extraordinary in so many ways and was the first Caribbean Island in which TEMPO Networks launched, so it is super-exciting to produce season 2 of Hot Ones Caribbean in the ‘irie’ island of Jamaica,” said Frederick A. Morton, Jr., Founder, Chairman & CEO, TEMPO Networks.

More announcements and updates will be shared as Hot Ones Caribbean Season 2 begins filming in Jamaica.

ABOUT JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD 

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.

In 2021, the JTB was declared ‘World’s Leading Cruise Destination,’ ‘World’s Leading Family Destination’ and ‘World’s Leading Wedding Destination’ for the second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards, which also named it the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board’ for the 14th consecutive year; and the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination’ for the 16th consecutive year; as well as the ‘Caribbean’s Best Nature Destination’ and the ‘Caribbean’s Best Adventure Tourism Destination.’ In addition, Jamaica was awarded four gold 2021 Travvy Awards, including ‘Best Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas,’ ‘Best Culinary Destination –Caribbean,’ Best Travel Agent Academy Program,’; as well as a TravelAge West WAVE award for ‘International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Advisor Support’ for a record-setting 10th time. In 2020, the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 ‘Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism’. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.

ABOUT TEMPO NETWORKS

Founded in 2005, TEMPO Networks is the Caribbean’s leading television, media & entertainment life-style brand capturing Caribbean life & culture worldwide. With its flagship 24/7 linear TV station broadcasting throughout the Caribbean and the USA on cable to over 5M viewers, TEMPO produces popular Caribbean life-style content, featuring travel, tourism, music, cuisine, pop-culture and diaspora life. TEMPO is presently developing its streaming platform, with an exciting and ground-breaking slate of original and exclusively curated programming and content for the very significant and varied worldwide demographic who love and enjoy all things Caribbean.

Contact:

Cathy A. Preece/Victoria Polansky  |  Lou Hammond Group
cathyp@louhammond.com / victoriap@louhammond.com

 

 

 

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Anguilla Trailblazer Award Recipients Honored in New York City

New York, NY, May 11, 2022:  A government delegation from Anguilla, led by Mrs. Quincia Gumbs-Marie, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, visited New York from May 2 – 6 to share the good news on the island’s spectacular tourism recovery.  Mr. Kenroy Herbert, Chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) and Mrs. Stacey Liburd, Anguilla’s Director of Tourism, joined Mrs. Gumbs-Marie as she met with leading trade partners and media representatives over the course of the trip.

The highlight of the visit was a Black-Tie Dinner Reception to announce and honor the recipients of the first Anguilla Trailblazer Awards, given in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the island’s tourism industry.  The Awardees were Mrs. Amelia Vanterpool-Kubisch, who served as Director of Tourism from 1992 – 2008; Mr. Bill Fischer, Founder and CEO of Fischer Travel; and Ms. Jacqueline Gifford, Editor-in-Chief of Travel+Leisure magazine.

 

“The work of these three individuals exemplifies the special relationships inspired by Anguilla,” stated Mrs. Gumbs-Marie. In addressing the trade partners present she continued, “This event is an expression of our gratitude for the support you have given us over the years, and for staying the course through uncertain times. 

Every time you entrust your clients to our care, you take a leap of faith. We honor that trust. It is our responsibility to convert first-time clients into loyal repeats, and to turn repeat visitors into brand champions for you and for Anguilla. What we strive for is to take the investment you make in Anguilla and convert it into better returns than you will get from any other destination. Better financial returns and greater client satisfaction,” she concluded.

 

Anguilla is enjoying record breaking revenues in the first quarter of 2022, with elevated hotel occupancies buoyed by strong arrivals. With expanded airlift provided by the daily, nonstop American Airlines service from Miami International (MIA) directly into the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport in Anguilla, and new resorts such as the Aurora Anguilla, which boasts one of the best, Greg Norman designed, championship golf courses in the region, the island is poised to surpass the pre-pandemic, 2019 arrivals record.

Anguilla has also invested in improving the physical infrastructure on island, with a view to enhancing the lives of local residents and by extension, the visitor experience.  The main thoroughfare in the capital, The Valley, has been completely transformed.  The airport has been significantly upgraded to accommodate the increased traffic, and a new FBO terminal to facilitate the arrival of private aircraft is scheduled to open by mid 2023.  The construction of a brand-new ferry terminal at Blowing Point is well underway, for completion by the start of the 2022/23 winter season.

Anguilla’s exciting on-island calendar of events is back on track this year, along with new events such as the Anguilla Culinary Experience, taking place from May 11 – 15, which will bring together talented chefs from Anguilla and around the world at Anguilla’s world-class resorts and villas.

For information on Anguilla please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; YouTube; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla. 

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Editor’s Note: Additional Event Images Available at the Link Below:

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About Anguilla

Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a shy beauty with a warm smile. A slender length of coral and limestone fringed with green, the island is ringed with 33 beaches, considered by savvy travelers and top travel magazines, to be the most beautiful in the world. A fantastic culinary scene, a wide variety of quality accommodations at varying price points, a host of attractions and exciting calendar of festivals make Anguilla an alluring and entrancing destination.

Anguilla lies just off the beaten path, so it has retained a charming character and appeal. Yet because it can be conveniently reached from three major gateways – Miami, FL (MIA), Puerto Rico (SJU), and St. Martin, (SXM), and by private air, it’s a hop and a skip away.

Romance? Barefoot elegance? Unfussy chic? And untrammeled bliss?   Lose The Crowd.  Find Yourself. In Anguilla.

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Antigua and Barbuda Joins Airbnb “Live and Work Anywhere” Campaign to Welcome Digital Nomads

 JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (May 11, 2022) – Antigua and Barbuda has joined the Airbnb “Live and Work Anywhere” campaign to promote the destination to the growing number of digital nomads worldwide.

As flexibility becomes a permanent part of so many company cultures, Airbnb wants to make it easier for workers to take advantage of their newly enshrined flexibility. With more than 6 million listings worldwide, the platform launched last Thursday its “Live and Work Anywhere” program, an ongoing initiative to continue working with governments and DMOs to create a one-stop-shop for remote workers, and encourage them to try new locations to work, while helping to revive tourism and provide economic support to communities after years of travel restrictions.

For the Caribbean region, Airbnb found that[1]:

  • The share of nights booked for long term stays in Q1 2022 almost doubled compared to the same period in 2019.
  • In Q1 2019, almost 6% of all bookings were for long term stays, while in Q1 2022 this percentage reached almost 10%.
  • The number of nights booked for long term stays tripled in Q1’22 compared to Q1’19.

Continuing the effort to partner with governments and tourism agencies to promote responsible travel and local economic growth, Airbnb in partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will promote CTO member countries with digital nomad programs across Airbnb’s vast global community.

This Campaign will promote Antigua and Barbuda through a landing page that provides details about  the digital nomad  program, and also highlights the best Airbnb options to stay in and work from in Antigua and Barbuda.

Colin C. James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said, “Remote working is part of our new norm, and we are delighted that this Airbnb Campaign will allow those consumers seeking to capitalise on the freedom to work from anywhere in the world, to easily source information on the range of accommodation throughout Antigua and Barbuda to meet their needs.

Airbnb is proud to partner again with the CTO in order to keep promoting different destinations in the Caribbean so people can work and travel within. This campaign is a new joint effort that will continue to help with the promotion of the wonderful region”. – Airbnb Policy Manager for Central America and the Caribbean Carlos Muñoz

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About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer one-of-a-kind stays and unique Experiences that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way.

ABOUT THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY  

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority is a statutory body dedicated to realizing the tourism potential of Antigua & Barbuda by promoting the twin island state as a unique, quality tourist destination with the overall objective of increasing visitor arrivals thereby providing sustainable economic growth. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is headquartered in St. John’s Antigua, where regional marketing is directed.  The Authority has three offices overseas in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.  

ABOUT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The twin-island paradise offers visitors two uniquely distinct experiences, ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches – one for every day of the year. The largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Antigua’s tourism events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, and the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 11-mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere.

Find information on Antigua & Barbuda at: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com or follow us on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/antiguabarbuda   Facebookwww.facebook.com/antiguabarbudaInstagramwww.instagram.com/AntiguaandBarbuda

For Antigua and Barbuda media enquiries, please contact:

Maria Blackman |  Marketing Communications Manager | Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority
T: 1 (268) 562 7600/464-7601  |  E: maria.blackman@visitaandb.com

Antigua and Barbuda Images: aandbtourism.fotoseeker.com

[1] Airbnb Data comparing Q1 2019 vs Q1 2022 on Long Term Stays in the CTO participating countries.

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