ABTA Announces New U.S. Market Travel Advisory Board


The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) has chosen a “dynamic” and “remarkable” group of travel trade professionals within the United States for a new ABTA (USA) Travel Advisory Board from September 2022.

The board consists of travel business owners within the Midwest, Southeast, East Coast and West Coast of the United States.

They have been chosen because of their strong relationship with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s U.S. Office, the passion they have for the destination, and the important role they play in the travel industry.

They will offer their assistance and guidance to the ABTA until September 2023.

Charles Fernandez, minister of tourism, Antigua and Barbuda, addressed the new members at a dinner held at Sandals Grande Antigua resort and said, “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 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 your respective field,” he added.

Dean Fenton, U.S. director of tourism, 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 U.S.”

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

The 2022-23 Board members include: Brenda O’NealeWith This Ring Destination Weddings and HoneymoonsDebra BrownSmartBird World TravelSusan BermanBerman TravelTerry StraussDedham TravelNiki RakowitzCare TravelEdouard JeanMassive TravelsTom VargheseTravel Tom; and Donna BorrelliHamden Travel.

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  1. All of travel agents look like pensioners just like the Minister. Who are we trying to target? The senior citizens market only? Where are the youthful innovative minds that can help us transform our tourism sector?

  2. I have lived in all of the Time Zones in the Lower 48 and never heard of any of those Travel Agencies.

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