Tourists from African flights dismayed by cost of Jolly Beach accommodations

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More than 100 passengers who landed on Christmas Eve on a flight from Africa were dismayed after being brought to the recently reopened Jolly Beach Resort, which they say is too expensive for them at US$80 a night.

Several of those on the scene claimed to have come in on Hi Fly/Hi Fly Malta flights.

Hi Fly is a Portuguese charter airline headquartered in Lisbon run by brothers Paulo and Carlos Mirpuri while Hi Fly Malta is a Maltese charter airline based at Malta International Airport and a subsidiary of the Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly.

They were seen getting back on buses in the hope of finding cheaper accommodation.

Some at the scene from Cameroon told Observer they planned to spend a month in Antigua. It is their first trip to the island and they said they were very excited to arrive.

They told Observer they had arrived here via a charter flight. Officials associated with Antigua Airways say it is not their airline.

Tourism officials have been approached for comment. Observer was told it was likely that the airline would have made all arrangements for the flight with accommodation usually left to the passengers.

SOURCE: Observer

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Isn’t it the norm to seek accommodation BEFORE travel? How does one fly to a foreign country without first checking out the price for accommodation and food so that you have an idea of how much money you will need to survive? To me, that just seems to be basic common sense.

    Anyhow, let me go cool some bush tea with my breath.

    #Come Een Janaury 18.
    #NextLevel!

    • @Wash an’ Basin…plain and simple, proper #Investigative_Reporting would and should reveal the IGNORANCE(PPP-Piss Poor Planning and PPM – Piss Poor Management) which is powering the Nation to #The_Νext_Level.

      @ANR – Investigative Reporting with corroborating evidence will shed light on such debacles.
      #Do
      #WORK

      #NEXT
      #LEVEL
      #of
      #IGNORANCE!

      De ‘ole Dutty Peg Foot Bastard
      Vere Cornwall Edwards.

    • @ Wash an’ Basin

      This is a PR nightmare for the ABLP. What a disaster! What a disgrace! What confusion!

    • Wash an Basin,

      Right…you would think common sense rule. It is obvious that something nefarious going on. We must keep a close watch on this. The corrupt top dawg up to something.

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  3. Wa happen AloBanjo didn’t tell them the cost? Isn’t he supposed to be involved in this?

    Them nar go no way, remember they say antigua under populated, and many more antigua will be leaving if the red cabal is returned to office so they have a plan to replace them.

  4. Wash an’ Basin Antigua is the only country in the world where a foreign visitor can arrive without any address of where they are staying or enough money to stay at a hotel. I am aware of an Antiguan who went to London to visit her husband and because of her inabilty to give a proper address she was put on the next BA flight back to Antigua.

  5. F-ING GASTON!

    Exploiting our black brothers and sisters.

    Tricking them to think all fees are paid before boarding and leaving them in the lurch.

    This sham is backfiring bigtime.

    My people, Gaston thinks you are dumb as dirt.

    On election day, SHOW THEM WE KNOW WHAT’S UP. We have had enough!

    VOTE DEM ALLL OUT… TO VOTE GASTON OUT!

  6. As a born Antiguan, whenever I travel home, I am required to fill out the antiquated immigration and customs form while on flight. I must indicate where I intend to stay, and I am often questioned as I clear immigration. There is a national security purpose for this form. Why is it not implemented here? Something isn’t right! The chief immigration officer should be fired! This incompetence is the result of nepotism.

  7. Who organized a charter flight to our country and who gave permission for landing rights ? Max Fucknandez you quiet , Colin AssJames , Sherloveman Jenemy , Allthebanjo, Gaspoop Brown , why are you all quiet. Let me find one African in the line voting and the dance done. Warning warning , whatever the plan afoot you getting kicked out.

  8. The passengers were told visas would be issued on arrival in Antigua.
    Wash an Basin check with the Minister Of Foreign Affairs and Max Fernandez Tourism Disaster Minister for your answers.

    We Barbudans are watching at our ports. They are not sneaking in here !!

    Question to the Immigration Officers and Foreign Affairs Minister how could you allow visitors to enter the country without money 💰 and or accommodations. This crookishness must stop.

    They should not be allowed in the country but be locked up and send them back on the same flight back to Africa .

    Folks Safe guard you yard, and your belongings. The scammers have landed again.

    Antigua Airways, Whey !! Another gimmick.

  9. Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit
    Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit
    Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit
    Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit
    None of this make sense .. these people are from some of the poorest country which seem refuge.. they never had an money to begin with .. as a tourist … going on vacation is a luxury NOT A MUST so they would have either planned to spend approximately 80us a night which is more than reasonable or not … or else don’t take a trip .. unless you are staying with family, you would have had a budget for accommodations .. ANTIGUA IS A TOURIST DETISTInation ALL THE INFO IS AVAILABLE ON LINE ..

    This makes no sensE
    IT TIME GASTON TELL US THE TRUTH ABOUT THAT ARRAIGNMENT IS ALLOWING THAWS REFUFEES IN THE COUNTRY

  10. WE NEED ANSWERS ABOUT THESE AFRICANS INVADING OUR COUNTRY…. WHERE IS IMMIGRATION
    WHY HAVE THEY BEEN ALLOWED TO ANSWER WITH NO CLEAR ADDRESS AND DEPARTURE DATE

    THEY ARE CLEARLY NOT HERE ON VACATION

    WHO IS PROTECTINF THE SHORES OF THIS COUNTRY
    THEY WILL GET DESPERATE AND CRIME RATES WILL GO UP

    ANTIGUA IS RUINED

    THIA COULD NEVER HAPPEN IN ST LUCIA, ST KITTS BARBADOS ETC. IT IS CLEAR THEAES PEOPLE ARE JUST BEING LET IN TO STAY

    WHAT ARRANGEMENT HAS GASTON MADE WITH THAT NIGERIAN COMPANY TO PUT PEOPLE ON A PLANE AND BRING TO ANTIGUA ! ???
    GASTON HOW MUCH WERE YOU PAID HOWMANY MILLIONS TO MAKE YOU YOUR SON AND YOUR WIFE RICHER IN THIS UNDERHANDED DEAL

    HOW MUCH ARE THE PEOPLE AND CHILDREN OF ANTIGUA WORT???
    HOW MUCH YOU SELL US OUT FOR TO THE CROOKED NIGERIANS ????

    HOW IS NOBODY BRINGING THIS US!!

    ANTIGUA IF YOU STAND TOGETHER AND STAND UP TOGETHER THEY WILL SEE WE ARE SERIOUS
    STRIKE!!!!
    PROTEST IN LARGE NUMBERS
    STAND FOR ANTIGUA
    GASTON ONLY DO THINGS BECAUSE WE ARE SO QUIET

    ANTIGUA PLEASE TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY

  11. These blatant acts of bypassing and disregarding our laws in favor of winning the election need to be dealt with!! The Civil Service is not the Prime Minister’s personal slaves!!

    I hope when UPP wins they launch and investigation and bring to justice, Gaston Brown, Cutie Benjamin, Robin Yearwood, Molwyn Joseph, Chet Green, Samantha Marshall, Rice Pudding Man and all the other crooked people in the Gaston Brown Administration and the civil service.

    This blatant rape and corrupt CANNOT go unpunished!! In this technological age they can burn and shred paper but they cannot erase electronic records!

  12. ANR, stop referring to them as TOURISTS. They are not tourists. We are a tourist country, we know what tourist look like. All we do is chat, chat, chat, and run up we mouth.

    It happened in November and everybody chat, including the politicians. Good God, it happening again, and all we doing is chat? It is there plain for everybody to see what this man and his thugs doing. Any of you think that Antiguans could pack a bag and touch down in Nigeria or Cameroone and start walking the streets like stray dogs and nothing happen? This country is special. Only one like ahwe.

    We can’t sit and wait for January 17 to fix this problem. Gaston laughing at us. Why? Because he knows all we will do is talk and talk and wait til the next juicy topic to forget this. In the meantime, these people are not hiding. They are working and settling in well.

    Will we wait to talk about how they vote in the election and make Labour win again?

    We are a bunch of weak cowards. Cowards, the whole f-ing set ah we.
    Especially the man and dem. Gaston knows us well. He is a big coward too, but he knows we are the biggest

  13. I have travelled all around this World. I have always known the Hotel Room Fares before I leave on my trips. How the heck these Africans never know the fares and or where they are staying in Antigua. It really smells fishy and its not fish. Gaston Dawg Browne,could you come to us the public. Tell us what the heck is going on with those so called charter flights coming out of Africa to Antigua.Who is paying for their airfares. When thy cannot pay for the Hotel rooms at Jolly Beach for US$80 per night.Those rooms are really cheap.

  14. Is⁰ Antigua a signatory to the UN Convention for Refugees? If so, is it possible these passengers declared themselves claimants to refugee status on arrival? If they did, they would be entitled to entry, pending a hearing to determine if they meet the definition of Convention refugees. Has anyone ever claimed refugee status in Antigua? If they claimed ref status, and found to be Conv Refugees, then they are granted asylum. Is this what is happening?

    • @GB…#Refugees? Refugees? Refugees?

      Hey #FUGEES, with gorgeous, phat, sexy Lauren Hill, I think @GB is referring and channeling you!

      As for these plane loads(#Trojan Horses) landing at VC Bird International, from Africa, according to the rattling bones 🦴🦴🍖🦴of #Mami_Wata and #Papa_Elegba, these are not REFUGEES, they could be #MERCENARIES brought to do the bidding of the ABLP.

      #MERCENARIES vs #REFUGEES!

  15. This is disturbing and we need as Antiguans to address this issue immediately. Our immigration laws are broken by this administration to facilitate their stupidity with this airline issue. The entire immigration, chief and staff should strike or resign. Ms.Yearwood I am no supporter of your father, yet I saw you as a professional woman with integrity. If you do nothing about this then our entire immigration system and laws are compromised.
    I am calling on our health officials to step up and speak out. I am not talking about the transport and transmission of new diseases but this influx must bring a burden on our health care system. I should say additional burden. An outbreak of something is eminent. When the volcano erupted in Monserrat, the British government invested heavily into Antigua to support our a health system, hence the first set of poly clinics were built with British grants. Our education system also received funding.
    Soon they will be sending for their children and under the commonwealth laws when the children come you must accept them, because parents abs children must not be separated. We will have new GETOS formed.
    If this continues our food security will also be a risk. This is not planned Development, whereby you plan for a population increase. Based on statistics we plan how many children will be entering primary and secondary schools. Based on our Statistics we plan our health system. Base on statistics we plan our infrastructure.
    I am calling on every right thinking Antiguan and Barbudan to put an end to this. None of the elected officials, ministers of government who don’t condemn this unlawful, stupid nonsense should be voted back into office.
    This is not about black and white . This is about sovereignty.
    We have been running our Caribbean brothers and sister and treating them like dirt. Yes this administration. We lock them up and deported them. We go on construction site and picked them up for being here illegal. We put them through a grinding mill and charge them a fortune. What is this really, really about Mr.PM . You owe this nation an explanation.
    This is absolutely ridiculous!

  16. Antiguas venture into Africa seems to be with the intention of establishing the island as a stepping stone of illegally migrating to the US and the EU This new scheme is bound to end badly. These travellers are not tourists they are most likely migrants

  17. These people come to us once every 5 years and beg for the job to run our affairs. If we give them a mandate to run our affairs from the 19th they will not consult with us their employers for the next 5 more years.
    So the ability to run our affairs stands with all of us. We have civil servants that are far more qualified and competent to run the affairs of any ministry. With consultation anyone that has Antigua at heart can do an excellent job.
    We are not owned by no bullying politician and a group of yes men who cannot say boss I do not think this is a good decision. Big so call educated
    and experience politicians are not allowed to think for themselves. They hear stuff first on Point FM.
    It suppose to be government of the people and for the people not government against the people. Again I don’t care where they come from. I don’t care about their color- by the way remember you said Antigua is a multi racial country. We should be a country of laws. We have boundaries physical and legal. Our leaders are breaking all boundaries. Chet Greene as immigration minister you need to lead your immigration department exactly as you sworn in at government house. The people of St.Paul elected you and am absolutely sure you are one of ABLP sure seat. Not because of GB but because you have represented your people very well. Now it’s time to do this for Antigua. Is not GB alone can lead. You are an independent thinker. This decision will also affect St.Paul’s and our tourism industry.
    One more thing I read a article from the CEO of this so call Antigua Airway about credit card fraud. So this could also affect or tourism and financial sector.
    Stand up for Antigua.

  18. Someone, anyone let’s set a date for this shut down. Let’s set the date for this strike, let us March. This is more than a election issue. This is our future or children and grandchildren future. Time for. White March . None partisan colors. Full white. Let’s call on All civil servants to sick out. All airport and seaport workers to sick out, taxi drivers , gas station owners. Calling on the police to join in – you will have to bear the brunt and blame for this lawlessness. Calling on all tax payers to stand up our tax dollars are abused to subsidized flights. Note tax payers just paid off Jolly beach workers and fix Jolly beach. They tried to give it to them for $80.00 per day all inclusive – wow. A give away and they could not afford it. They were told I believe that accommodation were free.
    Let’s set a date and stand up for Antigua!

    • @ Frankly Speaking. I agree with you. Shut down the country. Gaston Browne took advantage of us for too long. Ready when you are.

  19. Immigration departments all over the globe,,,would respond in the ssme fashion to 100 persons attempting to enter their country, without a place to stay.
    How is this possible?
    That they entered the country, without a place to stay.
    In 1986 I came to Antigua for a 2-week visit I ended up being here for much longer than,two weeks.
    One day a strange number called – This is the immigration department we have a Mary Jones (not her real name)at the airport we cannot let her into the country unless she has a place to stay, will she be staying with you? My woman had come to take me back to NYC.

  20. I just passed through Antigua last week, and even I was just staying over night for a connecting flight, I was asked infaticly by customs officer as to where was I staying in Antigua,that’s one of the most important questions on the form. Something smells stinks to high heavens here.

  21. Last night on the news Chet Greene admitted that there are Africans here that went to Jolly beach and left. That tourists always change accommodation and nothing is illegal about that.
    Yes there might be some truth in that statement , however the reason for leaving and the quality that left is a total different issue. Since you as the immigration minister is aware of this issue , have you sent your immigration officers out there to find out the details? Then Chet Greene went on to say that they were seen in a village shop Purching groceries if that is not economic activity. Such a poor explanation from government to the citizens of this country as to why so much Africans are coming here as tourists and cannot afford accommodations. That they do not return on their charter flights and are knocking about all over the place. I asked you to stand up with your department since it being compromised. Instead you made yourself a jack donkey on National television.

    • Chet is YES man for the PM; and because he’s allowed to also enrich himself, hes willing to do whatever is asked of him.

      Didn’t you see what Gaston said about Asot — that he’s “ungovernable?” Don’t challenge the top dawg!

      The PM only want people on his team that will comply with his orders — even if they’re unlawful. All the “males” in parliament have cut off their stones and gave them to the PM — So the PM have plenty
      balls.

      Fare Antigua — Next level shit-hole!

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