Tourism minister seeking audience with Hodges Bay Resort & Spa management

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Minister of Tourism and Investment, The Hon. Charles Fernandez has announced that he will be seeking an audience with the Management of Hodges Bay Resort & Spa, as well as the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels & Tourism Association after videos and images surfaced online purportedly of a recent event, showing a complete breach of health and safety protocols.

 

Minister Fernandez stated, “I will give full support to the Ministries of Health and Legal Affairs to conduct a full investigation into the recent incident as well as to undertake any course of action deemed necessary”.

 

Our priority has always been to keep our people safe.  Even though in recent times there has been no known case of transmission of the virus at any of the hotels, we can’t afford to drop our guard.  In addition, we must be careful about sending the wrong message to our visitors – that ‘anything goes’ here.”

 

The Tourism Minister went on to state that this type of behavior, on or off property, is not sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism.

 

“The Ministry is concerned first and foremost with the health and safety of the workers, operators, and everyone who is involved in the tourism sector, whether directly or indirectly. While we agree the tourism sector must be allowed to thrive, it must be done in a safe, lawful and respectful manner.”

 

“Tourism is everybody’s business, but the health and safety of the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are paramount. We are also calling on travel and celebrity influencers, who obviously love and appreciate our beautiful island, to also adhere and appreciate protocols that are in place to keep our country safe as we continue our fight with COVID-19.”

15 COMMENTS

  1. Hodges Bay Club is a disgrace and a joke of a hotel. They have been doing this nonsense throughout the pandemic without a care in the world for health and safety. The owners need to sell the hotel and leave Antigua. Go away!!!

  2. Do god bless you, Minister. Try get them to pony up the severance pay for their former employees.

    It VN must be hard seeing tourist coming to frolick there, seemingly not studying our protocols….while they owe you thousands of dollars.

    Management needs to come correct. No compassion??? Hope by the end of THIS week you will fork over some of their money.

    So disgraceful really.

  3. You all continue to fall for them psychology acting like they going to do something only because they were exposed, then they will go to parliament and make some nonsensical law that they dont mingle with the locals and they are in a bubble, plastic bag, paper bag so they are no high risk. Tourism is everybody business they continue to preach, slap on the wrist they might get

  4. Gaston: Fernandez! Talk some BS lol…..The real Truth is the tourist must come and spend money..The country need it and if the government kill the tourist with the same restrictions we give you the locals who we only need during election time mainly…They might not come back or they will spread the word that restrictions are placed on them like the low class locals..Revenue gone and we can’t have that….TOURIST MUST HAVE MORE PRIVILEGE….

  5. Instead of the Minister of Tourism and Investment demanding an explanation from the management of these companies for violating health protocols during a pandemic– HE GOES ON BENDED KNEE AND PLEADS FOR AN AUDIENCE.

    WAKE UP, ANTIGUA

    YOUR COUNTRY IS RUN BY FOREIGN MONEY

    YOU DON’T EVEN OWN YOUR OWN COUNTRY

  6. Wow- best set of most sexy women I ever see on island. Them allowed to have party, just invite me next time….lol

  7. There’s nothing anyone can do about it because they own Antigua now since they bring all sorts of celebrities here which the pm loves to associate himself with

  8. To tell them what, Max? That you know the heat will be on for a while but they just have to take it easy and everything will be alright, and the big man is still in support of their plans? Do you and he think we are stupid, Max? Think we don’t know that the management has full permission to hold those events and we the people are just fooling ourselves and making so much noise about it? How long will you cover for him, Max? Does it have anything to do with the picture house bail out? He will do that to you, Max. We are lost, but so are you, Max.

  9. Tourist money needed at any and all costs.

    Why you think dictator and traitor Gaston got the best vaccine and gives us the least effective one? Dictator and traitor Gaston shows us he’s above the law every time.

    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers?
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers?
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers?
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers?

  10. What a crock of B.S!
    Audience my foot!! Gimme a break!
    Nobody not going do a thing! The owner and his cronies going to keep running a muck of Antigua, drive Antigua name in the dirt, and clear out when he ready. Think he coulda a do dem foolishness where he come from? Ha!
    HODGES BAY NEEDS TO COMPLY WITH THE LAWS OF ANTIGUA!
    THEY NEED TO PAY THE PEOPLE AND DEM SEVERANCE MONEY THEM OWE SINCE LAST YEAR. HJNDREDS OF THOUDANDS OF DOLLARS AND THEM OWE SEVERED STAFF AND HAVE THEM HALF NAKED GYAL A PRANCE BOUT FOR FREE!!!

    what Max and dem go say come July when sexplorstion hedonism week come to antigua?

    Big tinkin dutty trupsssssssssssss

    • What goes for one goes for all if these protocols for the locals it’s goes for the rich an wealthy the country run by some clowns🤡an puppets from sean thomas

  11. Well lets see how this goes. Why seek an audience? The people should have been arrested and not allowed to leave thw country. This video was out for more than a week. They harassing locals on thier veranda, but not going after who they should. Then Hodges Bay have the audacity to put requirements to access our Beach. Wow

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