Hotels Enjoying 50-70 Percent Occupancy Says Tourism Minister


Tourism Minister Charles Max Fernandez says the hotels which have opened so far are enjoying occupancy rates of between 50-70 percent.

He made the disclosure while addressing a discussion organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

The minister says Sandals Grande Antigua continues to enjoy the best occupancy rates among hotels which have reopened.

“I can tell you to date 26 percent of our room nights are currently open,” Fernandez said. He revealed that another 10 percent will open between July and August, “32 percent more will open in October.”

“But we have put everything in place,” the tourism minister said.

Fernandez told the CTO discussion that American Airlines remains the only international commercial carrier for now, bringing in mainly visitors to the country.

“In July we are going to go up to 12 (flights) a week, in October we will be up to 20 a week and by the end of the year we expect to be a lot further ahead.”

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  1. 70% occupancy of only 20% of the rooms being made available is lousy. It’s funny how the ‘Minister’ wants to play around with stats and other stuff. The reality is that Antigua’s tourism industry won’t get back to normal until the cruise lines resume, which they won’t until at least Sept. 2020

    The reality is that Antigua needs to diversify its economy into technology, cryptocurrency, and financial services to much bigger levels than ever before.

    • Do you really understand cryptocurrency? It does not even jerk the US or EU economy so why would it boost the US economy. Please explain!
      Even if cryptocurrency come online in Antigua it will be an office run by a foreigner with 3 to 5 locals working there.
      1. Tourism will always be king
      2. Financial service is already there but will get a big boost if Yida come to fruition. As a matter of fact, Crypto would fall under this category I believe.
      The next big thing that Antigua need to boost the economy is to start creating goods and service for export. The citizens need to be more resourceful. If the citizen don’t get more resourceful and stop stretchering their hands to the government for everything then there will always be a struggle and drain to the economy.

  2. Ok, nothing but pure lies here trying to make yourselves looks good.

    What need to be addressed is the issue where staff at Carlisle Bay are home from March until September (6 months) with no severance, no follow up contact from their management about their well being or how they can assist during this time. That’s what good employers do right care about their staff?

    The thrift fund money which belongs to them that y’all boast about distributing like you’re doing them a favour by giving them a portion for a period of 3 months ends this June. What happens to the other 3 remaining months home?

    Scotia Bank and Courts calling for their monthly installments this June month end too as the 3 month waiver on payments would have run it’s course.

    We need to hear something now!!

    Hotel staff lives matter too, we contribute greatly to the economy.

    We are home frustrated!

  3. Strike Force just wants to expose the wickedness that’s going on and how these hotels love to take advantage of staff! People don’t want to hear no lies about occupancy. Unions don’t do shit but take people money and side with these hotel owners.

  4. Mr minister, I think you should go back to school. Don’t think this will help though as it is obvious that you are hopeless at math.

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