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BWIA Celebrates Diamond Jubilee Year
December 8, 2000, New York, NY.....At a reception held in New York
last evening, Thursday 7th December, BWIA West Indies Airways
celebrated its 60th anniversary of operations. The gala event at the
Picnic House, Prospect Park, Brooklyn was well attended by
representatives of the Caribbean Islands served by BWIA from the
United States, industry supporters and well wishers. The evenings'
entertainment was provided by the BWIA Invaders Steel Orchestra.
Among the individuals paying tribute to the
airline were Trinidad and Tobago's Consul-General, Hon. Terrence
Walker and Director of Tourism (USA) for Barbados, Mr. Hugh Riley.
Both provided the audience with a history of the airlines development
since the beginning of operations back in 1940.
David A. Fernandez, Director of Tourism (USA)
for Antigua and Barbuda gave the closing remarks and vote of thanks.
In his summation, Mr. Fernandez thanked the employees of BWIA,
especially those of the New York office, with whom his office has
enjoyed a close working relationship, for their "unwavering
support and loyalty to the Caribbean Community and especially to
Antigua and Barbuda". Mr. Fernandez also thanked the airline for
their dedicated commitment to serving the Caribbean and "for the
special help BWIA has given to the region in times of crisis,
demonstrating their good corporate citizenship time and time
In closing, Mr. Fernandez, speaking on behalf
of the Caribbean Community and especially the Government and People of
Antigua and Barbuda, wished BWIA continued success in its endeavours
and conveyed congratulations to the airline on its 60th
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DATES ARE SET FOR THE 27TH
ANTIGUA TENNIS WEEK
Antigua, West Indies, December 4, 2000 . .
. Dates of May 6-13, 2001 have been announced for the 27th Antigua Tennis
Week at Curtain Bluff. Grand Slam Legends Fred Stolle, Owen Davidson, Ross
Case and Kathy Rinaldi will again be the star hosts, with Steve Contardi
from The Club at Harpers Point in Cincinnati as Tournament Director for
the fourth consecutive year. Curtain Bluffs Head Tennis Pro, Rennie
George, and the hotels two assistant pros will participate with them in
clinics and pro- ams. The nearby Carlisle Bay Club is allowing use of its
ten tennis courts to supplement the four at Curtain Bluff.
leaflets on the event may be obtained by calling toll-free (888) 289-9898
or in New York City (212) 289-8888. Beachfront double room rates start at
$3,995 for the seven-night stay and include all meals, all bar drinks,
water sports (even scuba for the certified and deep sea fishing), the weeks
tennis and social activities, tax and gratuities. The rate for attached
nights for participants arriving before May 6th will be the Antigua Tennis
week price prorated.
Sponsors are Abbotts Jewellery/Omega, American
Airlines, American Express, Nike and Penn Racquet Sports.
From around the
world, Antigua Tennis Week attracts repeat and new players of
all levels who gather at Curtain Bluff to enjoy the international
cuisine, the caring hospitality
and the comprehensive sports facilities.
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HAWKSBILL BEACH RESORT ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF STEVE MAYERS AS DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, NORTH AMERICA.
St. John's, Antigua, West Indies (November 30, 2000) - Hawksbill Beach Resort announced the appointment of Antiguan Steve Mayers as its Director of Sales and Marketing, North America. In his position, Mayers is in charge of the implementation of Hawksbill new sales and marketing strategies. He is also the primary liaison between the hotel and the tourism industry.
Mayers brings to Hawksbill Beach Resort many years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality business. He started his career at Sandals Antigua where he graduated to the post of Junior Assistant Manager. He also worked with Sandals US representative, Unique Vacations, as Account Executive. Mayers' most recent post was with Boykin Hospitality of Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as Senior Sales Manager for the Radisson Hotel, Mount Laurel.
While at Sandals, Mayers was awarded a $70,000 scholarship for studies in the United States. He holds a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Hocking College in Ohio and a Tourism and Hospitality degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
For further information and reservations call 1 866 HAWKSBl.
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Antigua Vacations Limited (AVL) Cruises Miles Ahead
St. John's, Antigua
August 23, 2000
..Antigua Vacations Ltd, (AVL) - a premier cruise agency on the island of Antigua, was recently commended in Dreamworld Cruise Destinations 2000 - a magazine widely circulated in the cruise industry. Cruise industry members choose AVL as one of the most outstanding companies providing "service and efficiency" of the highest order to cruise ship passengers. In fact, AVL was amongst only ten other private companies selected in the world, one of two in the Caribbean and the only company on the island of Antigua and Barbuda.
"We take great pride in tailoring our services to meet our clients' needs," says Managing Director, Elma
AVL has certainly established itself as a leader and innovator in the industry. Specialising in port services, tour operations, ground handling and cruise sales, it has also introduced a new enthusiasm towards group travel. In just four years of operation, it has sent over two hundred Antiguans to destinations world-wide. Furthermore, AVL is now the tour operator for over six cruise ship companies. It is also the first company to introduce trained English-speaking tour guides on buses to assist driver-guides.
With such an ambitious record, this company is sure to go far in stamping Antigua and Barbuda on the cruise tourism map.
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COCOBAY OPENED JULY 5, 2000
SPECIAL $100 INTRODUCTORY RATES INTRODUCED AT
ANTIGUA'S NEWEST ALL-INCLUSIVE RETREAT
VALLEY CHURCH, Antigua (July 5, 2000) - This summer, discerning travelers
will have another all-inclusive option on the island of Antigua. Cocobay
is certain to hail as one of Antigua's finest; a masterpiece of
understated elegance and classic West Indian charm offering a welcome
getaway for the hassled, the harried and the anxious. In celebration of
the resort's opening, travelers may enjoy a special rate of $100 per
person, per night based on double occupancy for travel from July 5-October
31, 2000, a $50 per person savings off the normal summer rate.
A colorful collection of West Indian-style cottages, Cocobay crowns a
statuesque bluff overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on
the sunset side of the island. The epitome of gracious Antiguan charm,
guests at Cocobay are met with impeccable service and unpretentious,
simple accommodations; the 50 pastel-colored cottages modeled on
traditional West Indian architecture are raised on stilts, perched on the
hillside with stunning views of the bay below. Hand-carved furnishings and
local island art reflect the beauty and splendor of the natural
A simple aura surrounds Cocobay where every guest feel like they have
found their true sandy sanctuary. The resort encourages the art of
relaxation by offering a variety of simple and sophisticated pleasures,
including a horizon swimming pool, hillside bars and lounges, a gourmet
restaurant, water sports, a "plug-in room" for internet access,
hammocks, and, naturally, the beaches for which the island is known. An
exercise studio, "mind healing" workshops, and a wellness
cottage will open in November 2000.
Regular summer rates will range from $300-$780 per room, per night, based
on double occupancy. These rates will be effective after the introductory
rate period from November 1-December 15, 2000. Winter rates will range
from $450-$980, effective from December 16, 200-April 11, 2001. Rates are
fully inclusive and feature accommodations, all meals and beverages,
cocktails and wine by the glass, water sports, use of all resort
facilities, taxes and gratuities. Spa treatments are additional.
Cocobay is owned and operated by Coco Valley Ltd., headquartered in
Antigua, West Indies. The company also operates Cocos in Antigua, a
restaurant and inn at Jolly Bay. To make reservations or to find out more
information about Cocobay, call the resort directly at 268-562-2400; fax:
268-562-2424; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact your travel professional.
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HURRICANE DEBBY PASSES
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WITHOUT INCIDENT.
August 22, 2000.....New York, New York......Antigua and Barbuda's Minster
of Tourism and Environment, Hon. Molwyn Joseph is happy to announce that
Hurricane Debby passed Antigua and Barbuda on Monday night without
Minister Joseph said that "Debby missed us completely, leaving the
island with some well needed and appreciated rain. Everything is normal.
Our beaches are fine, all roads are clear, the hotels are fully
operational and report no damage. The port and airport are open and it is
business as usual in our little paradise."
He further stated that the island was prepared for any eventuality.
"We feel that it is better to be prepared and nothing happens, than
to be unprepared."
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HAWKSBILL BEACH RESORT
ANNOUNCES TRAVEL AGENT SPECIAL
St. John's, Antigua, West Indies
. August 4, 2000 -
Hawksbill Beach Resort announced today a special travel agent rate of
US$50 per person, room only effective August 4 to October 31, 2000. Not
included is 8.5% government tax, 10% service charge and a US$20 government
For further information and reservations call 268.462.0301 or fax
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EXPERIENCE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 2000
July 10, 2000
New York, NY - The Antigua and
Barbuda Department of Tourism together with American Airlines and the
Antigua Hotels and Tourist association have launched Experience Antigua
and Barbuda 2000 - A series of 3 and 4 night familiarization trips for
travel agents which will start on September 04 thru October 30, 2000 with
departures every Monday and Thursday during that period.
Open to IATAN agents only in the 48 contiguous United States and
Canada, the 3 night fam trip is offered at US$234 per person and the 4
night at US$279 and includes airfare, accommodations, all meals, hotel
inspection tours and an educational seminar. Agents will be guests at a
number of participating hotels which include, Allegro Pineapple Beach,
Blue Waters, Galley Bay, Hawksbill Beach Resort, Rex Halcyon, Sunsail Club
Colonna, St. James's Club and The Royal Antiguan Beach and Tennis Resort.
No spouses are permitted, and there is a limit of 2 agents, per agency.
David Fernandez, Director of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda, USA noted
that "this is a wonderful opportunity for agents to get to know our
twin islands." "Following the successful re-branding of our
destination as 'The Caribbean you've always imagined,' and a number of
product improvements, we know that agents who participate in Experience
Antigua and Barbuda 2000 will be equipped to sell our destination."
Agents wishing to participate should contact the Antigua and Barbuda
Department of Tourism at 888. 268.4227 or 212.541.4117 or via fax at
212.541.4789 for additional details.
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CURTAIN BLUFF ANNOUNCES ANTIGUA TENNIS WEEK DATES
Antigua, West Indies
Date of the 26th Antigua Tennis Week, hosted by
Curtain Bluff, will be May 7 to 14, 2000.
Grand Slam Sports legends Fred Stolle, Ross Case and Owen Davidson, with
Kathy Rinaldi, will form the star pro teams. Curtain Bluffs Head Tennis
Professional, Rennie George, and the Hotels two assistant pros will
participate in the tennis clinics and pro-am tournaments. Steve Contardi,
operating partner of The Club at Harpers Point in Cincinnati, will be
Tournament Organizer for the third consecutive year. The nearby Carlisle
Bay Club is allowing use of its ten tennis courts to supplement the four
at Curtain Bluff.
Beachfront double room rates for the hotels seven-night program are
US$3,995 to include all meals, bar drinks, water sports (even scuba for
the certified and deep sea fishing), the weeks tennis and social
activities, Government tax and gratuities. Nightly rate for participants
arriving ahead of the event will be the Antigua Tennis Week price
Sponsors are American Airlines, American Express, Jewellery by Paul
Kutchinski, Nike, Omega and Penn Racquet Sports.
The Antigua Tennis Week program, Curtain Bluff brochures and reservations
may be obtained by telephoning (212) 289-8888 or, toll-free, (888)
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CURTAIN BLUFF BUILDS JUNIOR SUITES ON BEACH
Antigua, West Indies, March 21, 2000
Curtain Bluff is building eighteen
Junior Suites on the beach to replace the twelve Deluxe Rooms in the
building next to the hill. This will bring to 70- the total number of
units at the property.
Generously proportioned and attractively decorated, each suite will have a
bedroom with kingsize bed and a lower-level livingroom with sliding glass
doors opening on to a beachfront terrace. The marble bathroom will contain
a walk-in shower, separate bathtub, two-sin counter and the usual
amenities. There will be seven connecting pairs of Junior Suites to
accommodate families. Andrew Goodenough, who has been responsible for all
building design at Curtain Bluff since 1984, is architect for this project
which will be completed, in readiness for the 2000/2001 season, during the
hotels usual summer closing.
Double rates will be $895.00 for the Junior Suite peak season and $725.00
off peak with other prices from $725.00 for a Deluxe Room on the beach to
$1,075.00 for a bi-level Executive Suites on the bluff at peak times and
from $555.00 to $850.00 off peak. Peak-season dates are December 19
through April 14; off-peak dates are October 28 through December 18 and
April 15 to May 13. Rates are FAP to cover all meals, all bar drinks,
tennis and water sports (which even include scuba for the certified and
deep sea fishing). Gratuities of 10 percent and Government tax of 8.5
percent are additional.
American Express continues to be the only credit card accepted by Curtain
Bluff. For Antigua Tennis Week May 7-14 those paying by American Express
are entitled to a half-day sail on the hotels 47-foot Wellington ketch,
Next-season rate sheets, brochures and reservations may be obtained by
telephoning in New York City (212) 289-8888 or toll free (888) 289.9898.
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SAIL INTO SUMMER AT SUNSAIL BEACH CLUB ANTIGUA
Sunsail Launches Spring/Summer 2000 Rates
Annapolis, MD - April 2000 - Sunsail Beach Club invites everyone to sail
into summer with rates that are a breeze. Starting at just $95 per person,
per night, guests can spring into summer with the wind at their backs.
Daily spring rates, starting at $95 per person, and weekly spring rates,
beginning at $570 per person, include unlimited watersports, hotel taxes
and service charges, airport transfers as well as inclusion in the
Modified American Meal Plan. Appreciating that travelers enjoy the
convenience of all-inclusive dining at the resort as well as the
experience of sampling local restaurants, Sunsail adopted the Modified
American Meal Plan, a dining program that provides guests with breakfast
daily, two lunches and four dinners per week. The plan allows the freedom
for guests to choose to dine at the resort or at a local restaurant for at
least three dinners and five lunches during their week's stay. Spring
rates are valid from May 1 - June 30, 2000. Summer rates, starting at $135
per person, per night, and weekly rates, beginning at $810 per person are
valid from July 1 - September 8, 2000. To make it a breeze for the kids,
children under two years of age, stay free in room with parents while
kids, ages two to 12, sharing a room with parents, receive a special rate
of $50/spring and $70/summer, per night.
Sunsail Beach Club offers a full range of high quality sailing and
watersports equipment including windsurfers, dinghies, day cruising
yachts, water skiing, scuba and snorkeling. On site, trained and
professional instructors provide a series of beach clinics and three-day
courses. With a few classes under their belt, guests can compete in
friendly hotel competitions.
Guests can break from the adventure and recline poolside, lounge on the
beach, sip cocktails at the bar, or head to town for a shopping and
sightseeing excursion. In addition to special sailing instruction, kids
ages three to 16 enjoy a complimentary Children's Club. Nannies and the
Mini Club, a special program for babies from four months to two years old,
are available for an additional fee.
Sunsail Beach Club, which debuted in November 1998, is Sunsail Sailing
Vacations' first land-based resort in the Caribbean. Situated on the
northern end of the island amidst several acres of lush tropical gardens,
the resort has 75 guest rooms, 30 suites and 18 two- and three-bedroom
villas. All are tastefully appointed in rich Caribbean colors and feature
Italian tile, air-conditioning, satellite television, direct dial
telephone, mini-fridge and in-room safe.
For more information or reservations, please call 800-327-2276 or visit www.sunsail.com
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