BOSTON – The recent Trade Show/Dinner Presentation/Cultural Extravaganza by The Islands of The Bahamas in the cities of Burlington and Quincy, MA, drew crowds of travel agents despite chilly temperatures.
Temperatures in Boston recently dipped to the low teens as the area experienced a chilly spell at the very onset of the Spring Season.
The low temperatures did not daunt travel agents who showed up in good numbers at the recent Bahamas events and raved about the fun and excitement as they left the venues to return to the Boston chill outside.
Many of the agents said that the music and dancing throughout the evening had, “temporarily chased away the chill.”
The agent’s events, under the theme, “More Bahamas,” were hosted by the Bahamas Tourism team out of New York, to share with Boston travel agents on the latest updates in The Bahamas, including new hotel developments, such as the Baha Mar Resort, which will have its soft opening on April 21st.
Representatives from the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Out Island Promotion Board also updated on the properties on their Islands along with some hotel representatives who also presented at the events.
The agents were also updated on easy access into The Islands, including one- stop connections on Delta via Atlanta; Jet Blue; American Airlines over Miami and other seasonal flights.
Additionally, agents were reminded of Bahamas Celebration’s Cruise and Stay out of West Palm Beach and the ferries out of South Florida to Grand Bahama and Bimini.
The Cultural Festivals on the Islands including the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and the Goombay and Junkanoo Summer Festivals were also shared on as well as highlights of some of the major sporting events that will be taking place in The Bahamas throughout the year including the IAAF Relays, and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.
Bahamian entertainer extraordinaire, Preston “Puzzle” Wallace, was the highlight of the evening’s events, providing musical entertainment throughout the night. Agent’s merrily joined in the singing with the musician, gaily shouting out, “Come Again,” each time he chanted, “It’s my birthday.”
The “More Bahamas” agent’s events provided educational information on The Bahamas destination as a whole but focused on the culture of The Bahamas – its music, its food and its people.
As a homage to the food, the meal choices included the cultural dish of “peas n rice” considered a staple of the Bahamian diet and continuing in the vein of things Bahamian, many of the agents who won prizes were happy to receive Bahamian brewed Kalik or Sands Beer in a Bahamian “logo” bag.
The events were a part of The Bahamas PR and Sales Mission to the area and were led by the Bahamas Area Manager, New York, Mikala Moss, assisted by other New York team members, Chrystal Bethel and Valery Brown-Alce, Sr. Director of Sales U.S, based in New York.
Assisting the New York team were Dupree Smith, District Manager, Houston, Nicholas Wisdom, Atlanta, GA based, and Jeannie Gibson, Manager Global Communications, Plantation, Florida.
The agents in attendance at the events will be added to The Bahamas Tourism’s Travel Agent’s mailing list to receive a monthly Bahamas Travel Agents Newsletter, were encouraged to visit the newly updated Bahamas website and also to enroll in the recently unveiled Bahamas Specialist Program.