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ROYALTON PREPARES FOR 2019 OPENING
With the grand opening date set for May 1 2019, and hundreds of potential employees gathered at the Multi-purpose and Cultural exhibition center for the Royalton Job Fair, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Charles Fernandez made an official site visit to the property to see first hand what progress is being made.
The Hon. Tourism Minister along with Permanent Secretary Walter Christopher and the newly appointed Chair of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Mrs. Lorraine Headley Raeburn met with Project Manager Mr. Jose Gonzalez on Friday 15 February to get an overview of the project thus far, complete with timelines and any foreseeable potential constraints which may hamper the projects’ completion.
Although this is the third such visit for the current year in as many weeks for the Hon. Minister, he is quite optimistic about the pace of the project.
“We are happy with the progress of the work so far… the work is very extensive, and I can see great effort being made on their part to open the property on May 1st,” said Minister Fernandez.
He continued that, “we are anxiously awaiting the opening which will see hundreds of Antiguans and Barbudans being permanently employed, with the recruitment process already underway.”
Chairperson of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Mrs. Lorraine Raeburn says she is quite excited about the imminent addition to the Antiguan and Barbudan hotel product.
“Diversity is extremely important for our tourism industry to thrive and the addition of the Royalton to our hotel sector will ensure increased bookings and a burst in economic activity once these 288 rooms come on stream,” remarked Mrs. Raeburn.
Already the island has recorded a seven percent increase in tourist arrivals for the month of January this year over 2018 and the opening of the Royalton will contribute significantly to this growth.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is optimistic that approximately 500 new rooms will be added to the islands room stock by the end of 2019.
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR GUESTS FROM MOSQUITOES
Vector Control Mosquito Eradication Workshop held 14.02.19 at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.
The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association collaborated with Central Board of Health to spread awareness to Groundskeepers and Maintenance Staff on the dangers associated with the Aedes aegypti mosquito and ways to prevent mosquito breeding on the hotel property.
If you would like to receive information on how you can prevent mosquito breeding on your property, or to organise an information session for your tourist establishment contact the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority at 562 - 7600 or the Central Board of Health at: 462-2936
THE 52nd ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK WOOS NON-SAILORS WITH FANTASTIC PARTY LINE-UP
The 52nd Antigua Sailing Week offers non-sailors a week of non-stop excitement from April 27 – May 3 2019 www.sailingweek.com. (All photos credit Antigua Sailing Week)
February 2019 (St. John’s, Antigua) - The Antigua Sailing Week (April 27 – May 3 2019 www.sailingweek.com), now in its 52nd year, offers one of the best sailing races in the Caribbean and is a must do on many a sailor’s bucket list. For 2019, the prestigious regatta kicks activities up a notch by offering fantastic experiences for fun-loving non-sailors who are keen to get in on the sailing action, without getting their feet too wet.
Lookout Viewing and Local Cuisine:
With hot racing taking place on the water, visitors can catch the excitement of the race with scenic hikes along Carpenter’s Rock, the Pillars of Hercules and the historic Shirley Heights Lookout and Restaurant; offering amazing vantage points from which to watch the race while sampling local cuisine.
Chase the Race by sea and Party:
Experience the thrill of the race up close on ‘Chase the Race’ sea excursions which allow spectators to get into the water and in the heart of the action. Chasers hop onboard a catamaran, and get right up in the race, while enjoying music, drinks and lunch on board. Take a snorkel in one of Antigua’s bays before heading back to Falmouth Harbour Marina for the daily race prize-giving and party.
Reggae in the Park at the UNESCO World Heritage site:
By night, the highlight of the week is ‘Reggae in the Park’. An international reggae concert which takes place in historic Nelson’s Dockyard where many of the competitors boats line the marina wall. 2019 is the 10th Anniversary of this now legendary event. It is a wonderful night of Caribbean entertainment in the company of an international crowd set to the backdrop of the Copper and Lumber Historic Inn and the old Officers Quarters in the UNESCO designated national park.
Lay Day Beach Party:
Raft-up and bring out your floaties for the mid-week beach party known as Lay Day at the family-friendly Pigeon Point beach. The chilled-out afternoon, which offers sailors some down-time in between races, features swimming challenges, Stand Up Paddle Board rally, tug o’ war and much more. The event starts in the morning and lasts right through to sunset and is the perfect opportunity to party with crews at a classic Caribbean beach day.
Daily Bar-hopping and Parties:
The popular sailing community of English Harbour will be buzzing each night with more than 25 rustic bars and restaurants open along with street-side vendors serving up cold drinks, hot dinners and live music. Explore a different bar or restaurant each night with your crew.
It’s easy to get in on the party action of Antigua Sailing Week! Book your Daily ‘Chase the Race’ Tickets along with Early Bird Reggae in the Park tickets online with Antigua Sailing Week. Stay tuned for the announcement of the international acts for The Reggae in the Park – 10th anniversary!
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