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Sandals Grande Antigua Resort hosts ABTA Travel Advisory Board

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Charles Fernandez (c) greeted six of the nine US Travel Trade professionals who will sit on the ABTA's US Market Travel Advisory Board at a dinner attended by Sandals General Manager Matthew Cornall (far left) and US Director of Tourism Dean Fenton (far right) – image courtesy of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort hosted a dinner to recognize the new members of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Travel Advisory Board.

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort hosted a dinner to recognize the newly selected members of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) Travel Advisory Board. These travel trade professionals within the United States will sit on the board for the period September 2022 to September 2023 as the Authority seeks to increase arrivals from the US market.  

Said the Minister of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda, the Honorable Charles Fernandez, “I feel privileged and honored to be in your company this evening because I know of your commitment – and your mission – to help our tourism product grow.”

The Minister thanked the group for their unwavering support particularly within the recent years and for their partnership. “We benefit from your knowledge and expertise, so I would also like to congratulate those of you who have had careers spanning more than 30 years in the travel industry and who are proud owners and managers in in your respective field,” said the tourism minister. 

Commenting on the week, US Director of Tourism Dean Fenton said, “The last few days have been very productive. The group has been engaged in strategic think tank sessions, producing big ideas that will help Antigua and Barbuda stand-out and drive more business to the destination from the US.”

The trade partners spent five days in Antigua, familiarizing themselves with the newest destination updates, and brainstorming.

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Chair of the Advisory Board Brenda O’Neale said: “The real purpose and mission of the Board is to create true value for the destination while we look forward, not backward, and present ideas that will allow the advanced uniqueness of Antigua and Barbuda to shine through.  I am especially proud to be a part of a team that cares deeply about Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism and the travel industry at large.”

The 2022/2023 Board members are: Brenda O’Neale – With This Ring Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Debra Brown – SmartBird World Travel, Susan Berman – Berman Travel, Terry Strauss – Dedham Travel,Niki Rakowitz – Care Travel, Edouard Jean – Massive Travels, Tom Varghese – Travel Tom and Donna Borrelli – Hamden Travel. 

The board members, owners of travel businesses within the mid-west, southeast, east coast, and west coast of the USA have been selected because of their strong relationship with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s US Office, the passion they have for the destination, and the important role they play in the travel industry.  

Meeting venue host, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, offers extraordinary Antigua all–inclusive holidays in one on the country’s best and most famous beaches, Dickenson Bay. Here, cooling trade winds soothe the soul as guests immerse themselves in a seaside garden oasis graced by majestic palms at the authentic Caribbean Grove. Guests are surrounded by chic sophistication where European grandeur unfolds from the hillside to villas-by-the-sea at the all-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village.

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Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor

Linda Hohnholz has been writing and editing articles since the start of her working career. She has applied this innate passion to such places as Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, and now TravelNewsGroup.

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