Bahamas Partners in attendance at Summertime in Freeport. In jackets and orange shirts at center with Tourism's Deputy Director General are members of the BTO Florida team, organizers of the event.
The event, which promised a sneak preview of summertime fun and excitement in Freeport, Grand Bahama, drew travel agents, local South Florida influencers and media. It featured a red-carpet entry boarding of the mega yacht, Seafair berthed at a port in downtown Miami, and a sail-away from the port for the evening’s affair.
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation's logo on Superyacht j
The night was all about Freeport, the second major city of The Islands Of The Bahamas, and the promotional color of the Island, a bright orange, was the decorative theme. Splashes of orange dominated the luxurious venue, but what said Freeport more than anything during the night was the 13-piece Royal Bahamas Police Pop Band (Grand Bahama division) that provided crowd pleasing entertainment at dining.
Bahamas Deputy Director General on set of Summertime in Freeport
The Talk show styled presentation, ‘Summertime in Freeport,’ featured an appearance by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s Deputy Director General (DDG), Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson. The DDG spoke about the Ministry of Tourism’s goals and marketing strategy for the Freeport tourism product. He also took time to briefly mention his ministry’s current Brand Campaign that features world class musical artist, Lenny Kravitz, who is also of Bahamian descent and a resident of The Bahamas.
Bahamas Sales Representatives welcome guests with a smile at Summertime in Freeport
Culmer also spoke about one of The Bahamas’ signature programs, “People to People,” which pairs visitors with local Bahamians who share a common interest or background, to allow the visitor to be a Bahamian for a day.
Bahamasair's Woodrow Wilson sharing info with a travel agent at Summertime in Freeport
Other Freeport vendors taking part in the talk show were Anthanea Russell, representing Forbes Charter, ground transportation; Woodrow Wilson, Bahamasair; Katie Loughlin, Silver Airways; Catherine Cruz, Balearia Caribbean and Julian Guzman, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
Bahamas Tourism's Adrian Kemp discuss Transportation modes to Freeport from Florida - L-R Kemp, W Wilson Bahamasair, Katie Loughlin, Silver Airways, Julien Guzman, Bahamas Paradise Cruise and Catherine Cruz, Balearia Caribbean
The Freeport vendors at the event and many not in attendance were generous in providing gifts that were donated throughout the evening. Prizes provided included from swag bags with everything needed for a day at the beach to trips and grand prize packages of transportation to the island, accommodations, ground transfers and activities.
BTO Marketing Team on set of Summertime in Freeport - L-R Betty Bethel-Moss, Elke Pettiford, Tina Lee, Adrian Kemp and Phylia Shivers
The evening was summed up by the GBITB representative, Mrs. Churchill, who said that “The event represented the grandeur of Freeport and all that it has to offer.” She said that all of the various elements presented, contributed to the splendor... from the red-carpet entrance boarding the mega yacht, to the luxurious venue decorated with all of the right touches of Freeport, including the straw work.”
Carmel Churchill of Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board with agents at Summertime in Freeport
A native of Freeport, Churchill joked that “For a minute, being a Grand Bahamian, I thought I was home; particularly with Sands beer being on the menu of beverages that was available.”
Catherine Cruz of Balearia Caribbean Ferry (2nd from right) with media L to R Don Davis and Peter Webley, Caribbean Today Newspaper and Ian Hamilton, South Florida Caribbean News.
“Thanks to this event, we in Freeport will be looking forward to welcoming travel professionals and their clients, bloggers, influencers and the like, to our destination very soon so that they will really see, touch, taste and feel all of what they got a peek of, but so much more,” Churchill said.
DDG being interviewd by Don Davis of Caribbean Today Newspaper
The team’s efforts in promoting Freeport, Grand Bahama also included a Summertime in Freeport event at the premier Boca Raton venue, the Addison. The team will take the show on the road to Orlando, Florida next, to host the final in their series of ‘Summertime in Freeport.’
Donna Mackey representing Viva Wyndham Resort, with Travel Agent
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Duyla Edwards of S&D Coach Tours, Freeport with Travel Agent at Summertime in Freeport
Grand Prize winner at Summertime in Freeport with Bahamas Marketing team and Tourism Partners who donated prize
Juan Romero of Grand Lucayan Resort with guest at Summertime in Freeport
Magnus Alnebeck General Manager, Pelican Bay Hotel Left, with Woodrow Wilson and Wilfred Mullings of Bahamasair and Deputy Director General Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Ellison 'Tommy' Thompson
Phylia Shivers makes presentation to a Grand Prize winner
Roy Webb of Resort and Travel Magazine, with Bahamas Deputy Director General