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Antigua hosts Kuoni's annual managers conference

Kuoni held its annual retail managers conference at The Verandah Resort and Spa and Blue Waters in Antigua
Kuoni held its annual retail managers conference at The Verandah Resort and Spa and Blue Waters in Antigua on Monday 8 June, beating a host of other Caribbean destinations. Over 35 shop managers and senior staff, including Managing Director, Derek Jones were present from 7-11 June with The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority hosting a day of site-seeing and excursions with visits to sites such as the historic Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights, Sting Ray City, and the Antigua Rainforest.

The luxury travel company, which is celebrating fifty years of operation in the UK market, has a long-standing relationship with the destination, and is known for featuring a selection of Antigua properties and selling luxury Antigua Holidays.  

Kuoni listed Antigua as one of the fastest-rising Caribbean destinations in their 2015 Travel Trend Report released in February. The destination also featured eighth on Kuoni’s top ten destinations to watch worldwide. The Top ten list comprised of: Maldives, Thailand, The UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Sri Lanka, USA, Mauritius, Cuba, Antigua, Singapore and Barbados.  

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin James said: "We are honoured and excited to have welcomed Kuoni on their 50th‎ year of operation to the authentic and diverse islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Their selection of our beautiful country to host this Managers’ conference is a sound endorsement of the destination. We can expect to see our numbers grow even further in 2015 as their whole team experiences our outstanding hospitality and all the positives that Antigua and Barbuda has to offer.”  

Derek Jones, Kuoni UK Managing Director added: “As one of our top selling Caribbean destinations, Antigua was the perfect choice to host this year’s retail conference and we were all made to feel very welcome as soon as we arrived.  Our managers were able to enjoy our latest business update whilst gaining first hand destination knowledge, experiencing the island and visiting hotels.  This is something our travel experts pride themselves on and when returning to the UK they will be inspiring our customers providing unique insight into Antigua.”

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