Atlanta Junkanoo Group performs
The dynamic preview of summertime fun and excitement in Freeport, Grand Bahama drew Bahamas Specialist travel agents, Atlanta influencers and media to the stylish Buckhead Club overlooking the Atlanta skyline.
The festivities at the Buckhead Club featured a business-to-business (B2B) networking reception with Freeport destination vendors, followed by a presentation, ‘Summertime in Freeport’ and an elegant dinner culminating with entertainment by top Bahamian performing artist Julien “ Believe” who rocked the floor with a medley of his “Junkanoo Pop” hits. The pulsating rhythms of Bahamian Junkanoo brought the grand finale to this memorable evening.
Freeport, the second major city of The Islands Of The Bahamas, was the focal point of the evening, and the event’s decorative theme drew inspiration from the Island’s promotional color — bright orange.
Shown from Left: Nicholas Wisdom, Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta; Karenda Swain, Freeport Grand Bahama Tourist Office; Juan Romero, Grand Lucayan Resort; Carmel Churchill, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; Garbrielle Archer, Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta; Tina Lee, Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida; Anita Johnson-Patty, Global Communications, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation; Lucretia Webb, Delta Vacations; Dominique Smith, Pelican Bay Hotel; and Phelan Ferguson, Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta.
Phelan Ferguson, Senior Manager of the Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta spoke about the Bahamas Specialist Program for travel agents and the rewards and the resources available once the agents are registered. He also took time to briefly highlight the BMOTA’s current Brand Campaign that features world class musical artist, Lenny Kravitz, who is also of Bahamian descent and a resident of The Bahamas.
Travel Agents are shown arriving at the Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta event.
Swain 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.
Carmel Churchill of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB)expanded on the myriad of options of ‘Summertime in Freeport’ by outlining 40 plus fun activities visitors to Freeport can participate in — kayaking, horseback riding, dolphin encounters, snorkeling, diving, fishing, eco adventures, or simply luxuriating on one of the island’s many beaches, just to name a few.
Karenda Swain, Freeport, Grand Bahama Tourist Office; Garbrielle Archer, Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta; Nicholas Wisdom, Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta; Lisa Chaffee, Hammock Therapy Travel & the winner of a 3 day/2 night stay at Grand Lucayan Resort with Airport transfers from Forbes Charter & a $200 flight certificate compliments of Delta, Juan Romero, Grand Lucayan Resort; Carmel Churchill, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; Lucretia Webb, Delta Vacations, and Tina Lee, Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida.
Gifts donated throughout the evening were generously sponsored by Freeport vendors participating in the event, and by many who were not in attendance. Gifts ranged from swag bags packed with all the essentials for a day at the beach to trips and grand prizes that included transportation to the island, hotels, ground transfers and on island activities.
Atlanta Tourism Team is shown with partners, travel agents and media.
“The event this evening here in Atlanta and those held earlier in Florida have vividly showcased all that our island has to offer. We in Freeport look forward to rolling out the welcome mat to travel professionals and their clients, bloggers, influencers and the like, to our destination this summer so that they can experience firsthand all of what they got a preview of, and so much more,” Churchill said.
The sales & marketing team of The Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta includes its Area Manager, Garbrielle Archer; Senior Manager, Phelan Ferguson and Nicholas Wisdom, Marketing Executive.
To contact a member of the Atlanta marketing team, call (404) 600-8630.
For information on The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com