Press Releases

  • Antigua Sailing Week Final Awards Antigua: The Awards Ceremony for the 48th edition of Antigua Sailing Week was held in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour. The glittering prize giving was attended by His Excellency the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy and Kenneth Kwok, Vice President of Yida ...
  • JetBlue will have Direct Service from JFK to Antigua St. John’s, Antigua: Minister for Tourism Asot Michael announces the JetBlue’s Direct Service from JFK to Antigua. AntiguaFocus presents his speech during the announcement. Today is a good day because all signs point to 2015 as being a landmark year for Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism. As the primary engine of growth for our nation’s economy, our tourism industry is ...
  • Tourism Minister Michael’s Speech Yida International Ground Breaking “What is the hurry?” This question was asked of Prime Minister Gaston Browne mere hours following his swearing-in ceremony at Government House on the morning of June 13, 2014. What is the hurry? It was a question asked because a Memorandum of Understanding was negotiated within hours of ascending to the exalted post of Prime ...
  • $300 Million Project Breaks Ground in Pearns Point St. John’s, Antigua: New major project has officially broken ground. The $300 million Pearns Point project began in earnest with a ceremony this week. The project is slated to include 70 residential villas, 70 resort condominiums and the first Setai hotel in the Caribbean, according to the government. It is being developed by Orange Limited and designed by OBM ...
  • Antigua Sailing Week Opens English Harbor, Antigua: Antigua Sailing Week Opens, event took place on Saturday April 25th, 2015 at English Harbour. Antigua Focus presents Speech delivered by Tourism Minister Asot Michael at the Opening, Salutations: Hon E.P. Chet Greene: Minister of Trade, Industry Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Sports, Culture and National Festivals and Member of Parliament for this great area of St. Paul’s His Excellency, ...
  • Minister Michael address in OECS Regional validation Workshop on Factors Inhibiting Intra Regional Travel St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: Opening remarks by the Honourable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy at the OECS Regional Validation Workshop on Factors Inhibiting Intraregional Travel, Jolly Beach Resort. Mr. Master of Ceremonies, Distinguished representatives from OECS countries including our colleagues from the French Caribbean, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Mr. Hugh ...
  • Special Envoy for UN affairs and Japan -CARICOM Relations St. john’s, Antigua: Ambassador Ken Shimanouchi, Special Envoy for UN affairs and Special Envoy for Japan -CARICOM Relations had discussion with Honorable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy concerning energy and tourism. Minister Michael welcomed Ambassador Shimanouchi to his Ministry and expressed his Governments appreciation for the considerable assistance which the Government of Japan has ...
  • New Sponsor for Antigua Sailing Week Antigua Sailing Week is delighted to announce Yida International Investment Group (representing the Antigua Special Economic Zone) as a Development Sponsor and Sponsor of the Final Race Day of Antigua Sailing Week. The Chinese international investment conglomerate owns and operates projects across four continents, including Asia, Europe, Latin America and South America. In Antigua, the Group ...
  • PM Browne Gets Hero’s Welcome In a scene reminiscent of the 2014 election campaign, scores of Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) supporters were present at the VC Bird International Airport Sunday afternoon to give a hero’s welcome to Prime Minister, the Honourable Gaston Browne. Splendidly attired in the ABLP colour of red, the supporters hugged and generally showed warm ...
  • Dredging of Port Successful: Promise made, promise kept Last Friday evening, another major achievement was celebrated by the Prime Minister Gaston Browne-led administration. True to form, the Honourable Asot Michael Minister of Tourism, Economic Development & EnergyGovernment of Antigua and Barbuda delivered the feature remarks on the completion of the sweeping andthe dredging of St. Johns Harbor. In attendance were several key persons including: His ...
  • Minster’s Remarks for Appreciation Dinner Honourable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development & Energy, Government of Antigua and Barbuda, WTM Partners Appreciation Dinner ADDRESS to Invitees Good evening ladies and gentlemen…. First of all, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all of you for joining us for dinner this evening. I always enjoy being in the United Kingdom and had the privilege of ...
  • PM Browne Meets US on WTO Gaming Issue NEW YORK, NY, USA – 29th September 2014…….Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne, one day following his address at the United Nations General Assembly during which he called on the United States Government to settle the outstanding WTO Gaming issue with Antigua and Barbuda, held bilateral talks with senior US officials designed to resolve the issue. ...
  • Dr. Walton Alfonso “Aubrey” Webson, MD Named Permanent Representative to the UN NEW YORK, NY, USA – 28th September, 2014……Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has announced that Dr. Walton Alfonso “Aubrey” Webson has been appointed as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In a letter to Secretary General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Browne said the ...
  • Prime Minister Browne in discussion with President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan NEW YORK, NY, USA: Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne in a meeting with President of the Republic of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan in New York last week, secured over two million US dollars in grant aid for Antigua and Barbuda. During the meeting with President Erdogan, Prime Minister Browne expressed Antigua and Barbuda’s desire to further develop ...
  • Hon. Asot Michael attends the Annual Monaco Yacht Show The Minister of Tourism, Economic Development,  Investment & Energy, The Hon Asot Michael attending the annual Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), the world’s major event in Super Yachting, where more than 500 major companies in luxury yachting and 105 spectacular super and mega yachts afloat, exhibit every year.  With an average attendance of 33,000 participants, the ...
  • NEW TOURISM MINISTER MEETS WITH VIRGIN ATLANTIC AND VIRGIN HOLIDAYS ON FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE UK London, UK: Antigua and Barbuda’s new Tourism Minister, the Honourable Asot Michael, met with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays Airline Executives on Tuesday, as part of his hectic meeting schedule during his first official visit to the United Kingdom since being elected. Virgin Holidays, one of the largest volume operators in the UK, works simultaneously with their ...
  • ANTIGUA AND BARBUDAS NATIONAL HERO, SIR VIV RICHARDS HONOURED BY THE LORD’S TAVERNERS Thursday 25 SEPTEMBER 2014 Antigua and Barbuda’s only living National Hero Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards took centre stage last evening at Lords, the hollowed home of International cricket. The celebrity studded fund raising dinner was held in honour of Sir Vivian Richards by the Lord’s Taverners and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. The Lord’s ...
  • ANTIGUA RETURNS TO DAILY YEAR ROUND FLIGHTS WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS London, England: Tourism Minister, The Honourable Asot Michael has today announced that Antigua and Barbuda will benefit from an additional flight with British Airways for the Summer 2015. The additional flight will take airlift available on British Airways from 6 to 7 daily, and will allow the airline’s seats to the destination to grow by twenty percent, ...
  • PM Browne invited to explore Investment Opportunities for Antigua and Barbuda in Bahrain NEW YORK, NY, USA: Foreign Minister and member of the Royal Family of Bahrain Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa has invited Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Honourable Gaston Browne to share his government’s vision for development with members of the private sector and government of Bahrain. During a bilateral meeting on Monday at the ...
  • ANTIGUA’S NEW MINISTER OF TOURISM TOUCHED DOWN IN THE UK TO MEET WITH TOUR OPERATORS AND HOTEL PARTNERS Honourable Asot A. Michael, the newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Economic Development Investment & Energy, for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, touched down in the UK on Monday 22 September for a packed itinerary during his 48 hour trip. Also joining the Tourism Minister was the Hon. Paul Chet Greene, Minister of Trade, Commerce, ...