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July 2013 Edition


White Fete was white hot

Dressed-to-kill outfits, high-energy performances and a sensational atmosphere.
The coolest event in the country's social calendar was once again a white hot affair. Antigua & Barbuda turned up the temperature on Saturday with its annual summer scorcher White Fete, aka the Caribbean Snow Storm. Revellers poured into the Sandpiper Reef Resort which had been transformed into a breathtaking scene of billowing backdrops and endless smorgasbords of edible delights, with bubbly on every corner and smiles in abundance. Dynamic dancers, an indefatigable MC and a show-stopping appearance by the eminently energetic Tizzy and her LA Crew rounded up the all-inclusive bash, now in its 12th year. Check out our stunning photo spread here, courtesy of photographer Alex Andre Rhodes.

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Sounds of Antigua 

This is the first in a series of videos brought to you by the Luxury Locations team in our drive to showcase some of Antigua's most talented musicians.

Introducing Jamie Lou Stenzel

Dreaming of pop stardom - hairbrush in hand, shimmying in front of a mirror - is the staple of pre-adolescent girls' fantasies. For very few does it become a reality - which makes the experience of one aspiring Antigua-based starlet all the more remarkable. If you still haven’t heard of a budding songstress by the name of Jamie Lou Stenzel then watch this space because it won’t be long before you have. Videos of Jamie performing covers of popular hits posted on social media in the last few weeks have now gone viral, garnering global interest among everyone from recording companies to modelling agencies, and threatening to propel the youngster to international fame. And all before her 12th birthday. Check out this clip to see her in action in front of the mic'.  

Buy it at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/just-give-me-a-reason-single/id666786826


Jewels in the country’s crown

It may be ‘everybody’s business’ but for one night only the focus was firmly on a select few. The tourism industry turned out in full force recently to formally recognise the movers and shakers, the rising stars and the hidden gems of Antigua & Barbuda’s mainstay.

Eleven awards were presented at this year’s Annual Tourism Awards Gala to those whose dedication, drive and energy help keep the country’s economy going. Sandals Grande Antigua hosted the glitzy ballroom-based bash complete with a sumptuous spread fit for a king. If bellies were rumbling after one glance at the wall to wall spread of delectable comestibles, they certainly weren’t by the end of the night. From sushi to kebabs, fresh salads to table-carved meats, and individually tailored pasta dishes whipped up on the spot, the food was diverse, decadent and divine. To top it all off there was an entire room given over to dessert. A cornucopia of sugary heaven with miniature profiteroles, pecan pies, cheesecake, handmade truffle chocolates, carrot cake and mousses sent sweet-toothed revellers reeling.

The awards are presented each year by the Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association (AHTA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism to give the sector a boost and pay tribute to the unsung heroes at its core. Industry big hitters in attendance at the June 20 event included Tourism Minister John Maginley, Culture Minister Eleston Namba Adams, and the AHTA’s chairman and general manager Andrew Hedley and Neil Forrester respectively.Mr Hedley thanked the 12 hotels which put forward nominees this year – and challenged the remainder to follow suit and celebrate their staff next year. “Give them the credit they so richly deserve,” he urged. Mr Hedley added that, in today’s competitive society, the need to impress foreign visitors was greater than ever. “Many of our visitors demand ever more, not just in terms of infrastructure but a better level of service too. The organisations that succeed are the ones which develop their staff and train their personnel to progress through the industry.”

Minister Maginley extended congratulations to the nominees and spoke of his own experience in the sector, starting from 1987 when he began work at Jumby Bay. “A lot of people have beaches but it’s the experiences people have when they come to Antigua & Barbuda that make the difference,” he told the crowd. “Nothing beats somebody telling you ‘I had a wonderful time, the people took care of me, they’re nice, warm people who like what they do and like to show it off’. Our aim is to bring Antigua & Barbuda to life and tell those stories,” the Minister added. Entertainment was provided by the eminently energetic live act 1761, while Master of Ceremony Errol Fabian’s irreverent wit meant chortles were aplenty as top nods were given to the cream of the country’s hotel and tourism crop.   image1Tourism Minister John Maginley (left) and Culture Minister Eleston Namba Adams
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Just a sample of Sandals’ sumptuous spread   Personal pasta dishes were whipped up on the spot
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An entire room was dedicated to dessert    Awards were given to the shining stars of Antigua’s tourism industry
 

And the winners were:

  • Tourism Employee of the Year (non-hotels) – Sharon Horsford, Jeweler’s Warehouse
     
  • Tourism Personality of the Year – joint winners were Vorn Johnson of Sugar Ridge and Latoya Cabral, Sandals Grande Antigua

  • Hotel Employee of the Year – Julius Jarvis, Curtain Bluff

  • Hotel Supervisor of the Year – Stephen Georges, Sandals Grande Antigua

  • Young Chef of the Year – Junior Phillip Magloire, Jumby Bay

  • Chef of the Year – Mark Smith, Curtain Bluff

  • Young Hotelier of the Year – Andre Roberts, Jumby Bay

  • Excellence in Customer Service – Adventure Antigua

  • Partnership in Tourism – Dennis Thomas, Dennis’s Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

  • Sustainable Tourism – Sugar Ridge’s ‘green team’

  • Lifetime Achievement – Calvert Roberts, former general manager of Curtain Bluff

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