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Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Transportation, and Investment as well as the Board and staff of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, has congratulated Sir Robert ‘Rob’ Allen Barrett, a prominent figure in the Antigua and Barbuda tourism industry, on receiving the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation – KCN.
Sir Rob, the Chairman of Elite Island Resorts, a chain of nine all-inclusive beachfront properties across the Caribbean, received the national honor during Antigua and Barbuda’s 42nd Anniversary of Independence National Awards Ceremony on November 1, 2023.
The recognition was awarded for his distinguished contribution to economic development, tourism, and community service.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Charles Fernandez, commends Sir Rob for his dedication and unwavering support to the industry, which has helped to transform and shape the country’s tourism product.
He recognizes Sir Rob’s extensive experience and willingness to offer his expertise, which has positively impacted many throughout his years in the industry.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Vernon Jeffers Snr., also extends his congratulations to Sir Ron, who has mentored many hoteliers, including himself, throughout his years in the industry.
Mr. Jeffers recognizes Sir Rob’s contributions to Caribbean tourism and his ability to lead by example.
And the CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James, also sends his congratulations, acknowledging Sir Rob’s savviness in tourism marketing and his willingness to share his extensive knowledge.
James recognizes Sir Rob’s contributions to effective marketing programs in partnership with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.
Sir Rob’s journey in the Caribbean began in the 1960s, where he started as a beach boy and worked his way up to become a night auditor and general manager. In the 1980s, he focused his attention on the tourism industry in Antigua and Barbuda, and since then, his work spanning over thirty-eight years and his philanthropy has been a success story.
His leadership, Antigua and Barbuda has benefited from investment and employment at various hotels, including the Pineapple Beach Resort, Royal Antiguan, St. James’ Club, Galley Bay Resort, Verandah Resort, Grand Pineapple Resort, and the Jolly Beach Resort.