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Barbados: Hotelier warns more Sandals-like tax breaks could lead to mass closures

December 14, 2017 @ 11:06 AM
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(BARBADOS TODAY) – The controversial Hyatt Centric Resort planned for Bay Street, The City, and the Wyndham Grand Resort on the site of Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip may be given tax concessions similar to that received by Sandals, one local hotelier has suggested. However, owner of Sugar Bay Barbados Resort Gordon Seale is warning that if this happens, local hotels will not be able to compete and could be forced to shut down. “We will not be able to compete, if, as rumour has it, Hyatt is given the same things that Sandals was given and Wyndham would [...]

Historic change to aid rules allows use of funding when lives are at stake

November 8, 2017 @ 2:05 PM
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Aid money can now be used to deal with humanitarian crises in wealthy countries after changes to the existing international rules were agreed at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday. In a historic move, donor countries will be able to use money earmarked for development to respond to emergencies regardless of the recipient country’s wealth. Under the existing rules, crisis-hit countries are unable to receive official development assistance (ODA) if they are deemed too wealthy on the basis of their gross national income. ritain called for a change to the rules following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, which hit [...]

Statement by Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, at Small States Forum at the World Bank

October 15, 2017 @ 7:11 AM
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The vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are well-known and include: • Climate Vulnerability • High Debt • Structural vulnerabilities due to small size and limited capital formation • Socio-economic vulnerabilities. In light of these known vulnerabilities, it is unconscionable that developed states, which control the international payment system, increase the vulnerability of small states by creating artificial impediments that undermine their development. In addition to the wrongful and per capita income criterion, which should be abolished, another such artificial impediment is de-risking. De-risking is not only an existential threat but one of the most egregious acts committed against [...]

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IS THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION

September 22, 2017 @ 4:28 PM
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September 22, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda has been awarded the ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination’ as released by the World Travel Awards. The destination has now won the award for a third consecutive year in a row. The winners of the World Travel Awards are voted for by tourism professionals around the world, and the award recognizes the commitment and excellence that the organization has shown over the past twelve months. Antigua and Barbuda is considered one of the easiest Caribbean islands to get married in. With no residency requirement, the destination hosts a record number of [...]

Antigua and Barbuda Government questions US money laundering report

March 20, 2015 @ 3:05 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 19th March, 2015: The government of Antigua and Barbuda has questioned a report by the United States Department of State that categorises Antigua and Barbuda and six other Caribbean countries as “jurisdictions of primary concern for money laundering”. The report is the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) for 2015. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who is also Minister of Finance, said that “it is cold comfort to Antigua and Barbuda that the US State Department has also placed the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the People’s Republic of China in the same category”. “Categorisation [...]

Antigua and Barbuda Showcases a Fresh New Look

March 19, 2015 @ 9:53 PM
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(Miami, Florida) - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism officials continue their relentless efforts to negotiate for more cruise calls.   They successfully showcased the attributes and attractions of the destination, at Cruise Shipping Miami 2015. The annual event held from Marc  h 16 – 19 is the largest gathering of Cruise Tourism Officials in North America. The Delegation headed by the Hon Asot A. Michael Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy included Senator Mary-Claire Hurst Chairperson of the Antigua Port Authority, General Manager Darwin Telemaque and Ms. Shirlene Nibbs Tourism Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism who has been tasked [...]

Italian Students Learn about Antigua and Barbuda’s work at the United Nations

March 12, 2015 @ 9:05 PM
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  NEW YORK, NY, USA – 12th March 2015……..The Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda in New York recently hosted twenty-nine students from various schools and colleges in Italy who were representing Antigua and Barbuda at the annual Model United Nations Conference held at the UN Headquarters from March 4th- 6th, 2015. The students were briefed by the Permanent Representative, Ambassador H.E. Walton Webson, and Counsellor Tumasie Blair on the work done by the Antigua and Barbuda Permanent Mission in New York and its diplomatic roles and relationships in multilateral affairs.  They also discussed the unique position that Antigua and [...]

Caribbean Candidates for Int’l Positions

March 11, 2015 @ 8:52 AM
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STATEMENT Mismanagement of Our CARICOM Affairs The cronyism, nepotism and promotion of unqualified persons by Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar have been now exported to the CARICOM and international posts. The two most recent nominations she made have failed to receive both Caribbean and wider international support. The first of these failed nominations was Mr. Hamid Ghany, a known insider to the Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s cabal and propagandist for her directives. He was nominated for the Secretary General of the 79-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group even though he had no relevant experience in trade negotiations, in the workings of the ACP [...]

PM Browne and Cabinet tour US Base

March 11, 2015 @ 8:47 AM
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 ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 10th March 2015……….The administration of Prime Minister Gaston Browne is entering into the second stage of the negotiations for the handover of the US Base—both land and assets—to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.  The USA informed the former Prime Minister, Hon. Baldwin Spencer, nearly two years ago, that it would be closing the base; that information was kept a secret. However, once the information of the base closure was communicated to the Honourable Gaston Browne, as Prime Minister, a few months ago, he set about to squeeze the most from the departing US [...]

Hon. Asot Michael’s Remarks in MOT, & ABTA Joint Strategy Meeting

March 9, 2015 @ 11:05 AM
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Good morning Colleagues …        First of all, it’s a great pleasure to welcome the combined team of the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority to this important meeting. Indeed, I expect this meeting to produce plans, strategies and outcomes that will set the tourism industry on an upward trajectory. From this meeting, I want new, creative ideas that will serve to considerably enhance our place in the world market as one of the leading tourism destinations globally. I want to hear what my friend, Ambassador Sir Ron Sanders, once described to me as “disruptive thinking” – [...]