Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bahamas at SeaTrade 2017

The Bahamas spotlights at major cruise industry event
SEATRADE GLOBAL 2017

Islands of The Bahamas Booth at Seatrade, Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Fort Lauderdale, FL –March 28th, 2017 - The Bahamas recently hosted three receptions and co-sponsored the culminating gala dinner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association at the 33rd Annual Seatrade Cruise Conference in Ft. Lauderdale.  The Bahamas’ unforgettable slogan “It’s Better in The Bahamas” and its brand recognition, was evidenced by the attendance of more than 500 delegates at sponsored events.

Seatrade is a leading international exhibition and conference event bringing together buyers and suppliers for a week of networking, sourcing, innovation, and education, with more than 700 exhibitors and12,000 visitors. 

The Ministry of Tourism’s Sr. Director of Cruise and Maritime Development asserts that she is ‘committed to inclusion and synergy which brokers cooperative liaisons and partnerships with key stakeholders, both International and Domestic’, and the recognition of The Bahamas as the leader in cruising.  

The Ministry’s partnership pursuits were realized in the co-sponsoring of the first official Cruise Line International Association’s (CLIA) Business-to-Business Networking and Seatrade’s VIP Speakers Reception for delegates on the opening night of Seatrade.  The reception was jointly sponsored by the Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Ministry of Tourism, and as a result of the overwhelming success, The Bahamas has attracted the first right of refusal for the event in 2018.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Lorraine Armbrister, the BMA’s President, Commodore Davy Rolle, and entire BMA executive body spoke to the success of the event and have committed to co-hosting next year.

During Seatrade, and at the respective venues, The Bahamas’ showcase featured costumed models - Monty Knowles’ Junkanoo nymphes, calypso music, delectable Bahamian native dishes featuring fresh conch salad, conch fritters, gin and coconut water, Kalik beer and rum punch, mints from Mortimer’s Candy Kitchen and Island Fusion flavoured Salts from Acklins - Bahamas. Our d├ęcor reflected the alluring scenery of the Islands, which also served as a photo backdrop for hundreds of attendees.  Our many patrons had a thoroughly enjoyable time, and expressed their intent to visit The Bahamas in the future.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Charles Albury, led a delegation of Senior Bahamas Tourism executives on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Obie Wilchcombe. He says that ‘The Bahamas will engage fully in all related initiatives to advance the cruise sector’. During Seatrade Cruise Global, the Permanent Secretary and his team connected with Cruise and Maritime stakeholders with the intent to further solidify The Bahamas’ relationship, and were pleased to be hosted by Mr. Michael Bayley, President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International. 

The Bahamas’ contingent at Seatrade 2017, included Permanent Secretary, Transport and Aviation, Lorraine Armbrister (on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Glenys Hanna-Martin); Anthony Kikivarakis, Chairman, the Bahamas Maritime Authority; and Commodore Davy F. Rolle, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, the Bahamas Maritime Authority and other Bahamas Maritime Authority Board of Directors; Permanent Secretary, Charles Albury (on behalf of Minister Obie Wilchcombe), Deputy Director General Ellison Thompson; Sr. Director Cruise and Maritime Development – Erica Ingraham; Sr. Director Communications – Mia Weech-Lange, Director Cruise – Glenda Johnson, and other members of staff who played a pivotal role in the Success of Seatrdade 2017.



CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS NETWORKING & SEATRADE’S VIP SPEAKERS RECEPTION

Pictured from left to right: Commodore Davy F. Rolle, Managing Director & CEO, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Anthony Kikivarakis, Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority Board; Adam Goldstein, President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises; Gary Christie, Board Member, Bahamas Maritime Authority; and Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Bahamas Ministry of Transport and Aviation.  (Photo credit: Andrew Milne)

Pictured from left to right: Adam Goldstein, President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Commodore Davy F. Rolle, Managing Director & CEO, Bahamas Maritime Authority.

Pictured from left to right: Michael Symonette, Board Member, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Erica Ingraham, Sr. Director Cruise & Maritime Development, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Gary Christie, Board Member, Bahamas Maritime Authority; and Glenda Johnson, Director Cruise & Maritime Development, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Pictured from left to right: Glenda Johnson, Director Cruise & Maritime Development, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Cindy D’Aoust, President of CLIA; and Erica Ingraham, Sr. Director Cruise & Maritime Development, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Pictured from left to right: Dwain Hutchinson, Deputy Director, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Glenda Johnson, Director Cruise & Maritime Development, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; and Gary Christie, Board Member, Bahamas Maritime Authority.

Pictured from left to right: Michael Symonette, Board Member, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Anthony Kikivarakis, Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority Board; Glenda Johnson, Director Cruise & Maritime Development, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Commodore Davy F. Rolle, Managing Director & CEO, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Gary Christie, Board Member, Bahamas Maritime Authority; and Peter John Goulandris, Deputy Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority Board.

Pictured from left to right: Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation and delegate.

Reception

Reception

Pictured from left to right: La’Nesia Smith and Ecarscha Smith, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism with Junkanoo Nymphes.



BAHAMAS TASTING AT SEATRADE

Islands of The Bahamas Booth at Seatrade, Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Bahamas Tasting at Seatrade 

Bahamas Tasting at Seatrade

Pictured from left to right: Richie Evans, Owner, Conch Heaven Restaurant Miami; La’Nesia Smith, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Ecarscha Smith, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Michelle Mikula, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; and Monty Knowles Junkanoo Nymphe.



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23RD ANNUAL FLORIDA CARIBBEAN CRUISE ASSOCIATION (FCCA) GALA RECEPTION & DINNER

Pictured from left to right: Marie McKenzie, Vice President of Global Destinations Services & Sourcing, Carnival Corporation; Ellison " Tommy" Thompson, Deputy Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line; Charles Albury, Permanent Secretary, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; and Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation.

Monty Knowles Junkanoo Nymphes

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