MIAMI – In keeping with the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB)’s ongoing efforts to promote and strengthen the island’s product in its major market, tourism officials from the Ministry of Tourism and the Anguilla Tourist Board hosted a VIP media dinner on Monday June 15th at Zuma restaurant, the critically-acclaimed premier dining establishment in Downtown Miami which is home to Head Pastry Chef, Shawne Bryan, of Anguilla.
Representatives from 15 of Miami’s leading outlets and publications including The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, Recommend, Caribbean Journal and Local 10 News – sat down to enjoy gourmet cuisine and a stunning signature Anguilla-themed dessert in the company of the Honorable Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism; Permanent Secretary, Merwyn F. Rogers; Director of Tourism, Candis A. Niles; Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications Principal, Cheryl Andrews; the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association’s Executive Director, Gilda Gumbs-Samuel; Anguilla Progressive Association of New York-Miami President, Godwin Carty; and CAMC Senior Account Supervisor, Jennifer Johnson.
“We are excited to see that the interest in Anguilla continues to grow both in Miami and indeed throughout the United States,” said Hon. Cardigan Connor. “Events like this help us to remind the media that we value the important partnership role they play in spreading the word about Anguilla as a unique vacation destination. Whether it is our breathtaking white sand beaches; our delectable cuisine; our cultural heritage and traditions; or the legendary warmth and friendliness of our people – the list of reasons to visit our destination is ever growing, and we have to make sure that the message can be shared across both traditional and social media platforms.”
During their stay in Miami, members of the delegation also showed their support for the Anguilla national culinary team at CHTA’s Taste of the Caribbean, a showcase of Caribbean cuisine, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Miami from June 11 to June 14, 2015. Anguilla’s team took a Silver medal for Caribbean National Team of the Year, with individual team members garnering gold for Pastry Chef of the Year and Most Creative Bartender; silver accolades for the Best Beef/Seafood categories and for Bartender of the Year, and Bronze for Chef of the Year and Junior Chef of the Year.
CAMC representatives and Tourism officials were also on hand for the festival’s largest consumer event, Taste of the Islands, to provide the public with a wealth of information about Anguilla and the upcoming annual Anguilla Summer Festival, while the National Culinary team served up popular Anguillian-themed culinary treats and drinks.