St. John's, Antigua --- Feb. 27, 2007 -- Antigua & Barbuda has been selected by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in collaboration with the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), as a participating and beneficiary country for security risk assessments at selected hotels and tourist attractions.

As part of a Tourist Safety and Security Initiative, a site inspection team will be on island from February 25 - February 28 to inspect three hotels and one popular site attraction with a view to minimizing safety and security risks to tourists at these locations.

The site inspection team will be lead by Jasmin Garraway, Director of the ACS, and will include Vincent Spooner and Keith Renaud, Risk Assesment Specialists. Also included in the team will be representatives of local authorities, including the police, the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force, the ONDC, the National Office of Disaster Services, Immigration Department and Fire & Rescue Services.

On Tuesday, the delegation will hold a meeting of all stakeholders in tourism safety and security at the Ministry of Tourism.

This meeting will focus on identifying and informing policy geared toward minimizing the safety and security risk to tourism, while maintaining and enhancing the region as a safe destination for tourism investment. The meeting will discuss the nature, challenges and prospects for enhancing visitor safety and security, and will seek to collect local opinions, attitudes and beliefs about physical, personal and psychological safety and security in the tourism industry.

Another meeting will be held on Wednesday with Ministry of Tourism officials to discuss the tourism policy, legislation, challenges and opportunities in managing tourist safety in Antigua and Barbuda.

A regional Network for Tourist Safety and Security was established in 2003 by an ACS Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism with an objective to maintain the image of the Caribbean as a safe haven and high-rated location for tourism investment.

Antigua, along with St. Lucia, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, stand to benefit by way of advice on physical improvements, training and guidelines in visitor safety & security management procedures and risk assessment.

For further details contact:

Rachel Collis
Tourism Analyst
Ministry of Tourism
Tel: 562-6322
Cel: 723-3471