The Sunshine Junkanoo Group of South Florida performs.
The event featured Bahamian entertainment including a live performance by the Sunshine Junkanoo Group and DJ Levon Rolle. Also, in order to ensure that invited guests were aware of traditional Bahamian customs, a bush tea specialist, also known as Mr. Bush Tea (Fenrick Russell of Freeport, Grand Bahama) spoke about the historic use of the bush teas for medicinal purposes. Guests also had the opportunity to speak one on one with Grand Bahama Island Partners including Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Balearia Cruise Line, and Lighthouse Pointe Grand Lucayan. Patrons also had a chance to win roundtrip travel for two on Bahamasair to Freeport Grand Bahama for a three day/ two night stay at the Lighthouse Pointe Grand Lucayan.
Betty Bethel-Moss, Icelyn Catel (winner of a round trip for two on Balearia Caribbean) and Michelle Parker, Sales Manager, Balearia.
“Here we used the allure of our culture - food, drink, music, storytelling, Industry partners workshop and live Junkanoo ‘rush out,’ which no other destination can match.”
“This event was a hit and it resonated very well with the many visitors and second and third generation Bahamians who now reside within the South Florida communities, and have planned home reunions in The Bahamas in 2019,” she said.
“The Bahamas has always enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the African-American market, especially with the people in Florida, as many of its natives share a heritage affinity with The Bahamas, the birth place of some of their forefathers, who sought better financial opportunities and migrated to Florida during the ‘contract day. This event was also an opportunity to begin developing diaspora travel from Florida.”