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Antigua Holidays Showcased to Travel Agents at the annual ABTA Travel Agent Gospel Brunch

  • 24-Jun-10 14:12
  • Antigua
  • Holiday Industry

Over 100 travel agents attended the second annual Travel Agent Gospel Brunch, Amen Antigua, last Sunday which was hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority in Harlem and focused on encouraging religious travellers to take Antigua holidays.

Antigua Holidays Showcased to Travel Agents at the annual ABTA Travel Agent Gospel Brunch

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) hosted the Travel Agent Gospel brunch, Amen Antigua, for the second year last weekend in Harlem, New York, and was attended by over 100 travel agents with the focus on increasing the number of religious travellers to book holidays in Antigua.

Derede Samuel Whitlock, ABTA Director for the USA, introduced the attending travel agents to several historical churches and landmarks on the twin islands as part of a tourism initiative hoped to increase the number of visitors to the sites whilst on their Antigua holidays.
Whitlock explained how easy it was for travellers from the US to enjoy holidays to Antigua and Barbuda with short flight times and an expanded air service, and updated travel agents on new resorts and attractions on the islands.

During the event, a variety of visual and audio displays were carried out to showcase the attraction and amenities available for faith based tours and excursions, as well as highlighting the spirit of the islands for tourists enjoying Barbuda and Antigua holidays. These displays included music from gospel artist Brother Guy Lovin and his quartet, a poetry reading by tourism ambassador, Monica Matthew, a “Name that Hymn” contest, and a dance recital.

Attendees were treated to rum and fruit punch, champagne and a traditional Antiguan meal which had been prepared by Antiguan chef, Nelson Watson, a resident chef at the well known Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem. Owners of the restaurant, Sylvia and Herbert Woods, have enjoyed regular Antigua holidays over the past 20 years.

The travel agents also enjoyed a blend of popular gospel music by the Tropical Rhythms band and traditional Antiguan folk songs as they danced off their brunch.

Antiguan artist, Vernon Grigg, provided the guests with a live demonstration of his painting as he worked on a landscape picture of St John’s Cathedral in Antigua’s capital city.

The event was such a success that ABTA are planning on making it an annual event in New York, with the intention of expanding to other US markets such as Atlanta in the near future in an attempt to attract more US travellers to enjoy their Caribbean holidays in the twin island nation.

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