Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Antigua and Barbuda to get new airport

Plans for a new airport for Antigua and Barbuda were unveiled at World Travel Market today and will be open for business by the end of 2013. The new facility will receive investment of $43 million to make the process of entering the island more efficient and impressive.

John Maginley, the island's Minister of Tourism said that the current airport built 30 years ago is not able to withstand the large number of vistitors and further strict regulations imposed on travel today.

Maginley has also taken the opportunity to vent his frustration at the effect of APD on vistors to the island's. Commenting he said “The income it brings the UK government is hard for them to walk away from, and I understand that, but we have come up with a way for it to be fairer with a small increase for short haul and everyone else in band B. The argument is that people are still travelling but because it is more expensive those people are spending less time in resort and spending less money when there – it is damaging Caribbean economies.”

Here here John!

World's most boring cruise unveiled

Forget silver seas, pink seas or celebrity seas, MSC Cruises have announced that they are to launch thin cruises with the help of Dr Pierre Dukan, one of  the worlds most famous nutritionists. From January 2012 Dr Dukan will host the event which will aim to allow customers to shed weight, tone up and tan during an 11 day
cruise in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean.

The cruise is aimed at French speaking guests and will be run on the flagship MSC Fantasia. On board the boat will be a team of nutritionists, dieticians and a specialist physician as well as Dr Dukan. The highlight of the cruise is said to be the 'opportunity' to meet Dr Dukan himself at an onboard party.

In addition to this guests will receive a Diet Kit and undergo a personal health assessment at the start of the cruise before being advised on their individual diet and training programmes.

Erminio Eschena, General Director of MSC Cruises is pleased at the partnership: 'Mealtimes are one of the most luxurious features of cruise holidays. It is a time to relax and effortlessly enjoy an array of the finest gourmet gastronomy the world has to offer and Dr Dukan will be able to illustrate how our superb menus can be incorporated as part of a healthy and balanced diet programme.'

I've asked around the Alihoco office and were not particulary keen. Has anyone seen the crunch creams?