Travel agents from Atlanta and New York treated to Familiarization trip compliments of The Bahamas, its vendors and Delta Airlines

Travel agents from Atlanta and New York are raving about a recent trip to The Bahamas sponsored in part by Delta Airlines.  The trip is being dubbed as  "Baha-Mazing” due to its unqualified success as a result of a collaboration of The Islands Of The Bahamas and Delta Airlines along with a number of the country’s hospitality industry partners.

The Familiarization (Fam) trip of The Bahamas, included the country's capital Nassau as well as some of its lesser known Islands, The Exumas and The Abaco's, and agent’s comments ranged from, the beautiful Bahamian waters, to the friendly people and the unique Out Island experiences.

"This was my first FAM and my first trip to The Bahamas.  To say the least I was blown away at the beauty of the Island and the people.  Everyone we came in contact with truly wanted to help and to show us why their Bahamas was so special.  After seeing it firsthand, I now understand the love for this Island," said Sonja Aller's an Atlanta based travel agent.

Chief organizer of the Fam, Bahamas Tourist Office's Area Manager, Atlanta, Gabrielle Archer, said that, ""The demand for The Bahamas has been growing exponentially and therefore it is important that we keep our agents updated on our product." Also, "Travel Agent Familiarization trips allow for the agents to experience the product first hand so that they can provide their clients with personal knowledge of Bahamian properties, activities and sights."  

Commenting on the joint effort with the various partners, that brought about the Fam trip, Archer said, "it would not have been possible without the full support of so many of our hoteliers and other hospitality partners as well as Delta's invaluable generosity in providing full coverage of the seats for all of the agents."

The group's stay in Nassau was at the Warwick Hotel, Paradise Island, who provided a complimentary two-night stay.  Other participating Bahamas vendors included Majestic Tours, a ground tour operator, who provided free daily transportation service in Nassau; The Bahamas Island Promotion Board, provided airfares to the Out Islands; Grand Isle Resort, Exuma, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina in Abaco and Valentine's Resort and Marina in Harbour Island, provided lunches; Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Atlantis Paradise Island Resorts, Nassau, provided dinners and Franky Gone Bananas, Arawak Cay (Fish Fry), provided a complimentary sampling of conch salad, conch fritters and daiquiris for the group.

Agents mentioned that some of the top highlights of the trip included, The excitement from seeing the glitz and glamour of one of the latest resorts in Nassau, Baha Mar Resort, Cable Beach; the amazing lunch at the Grand Isle in Exuma; the friendly Bahamian people, and the multiple Island exposure. "Island hopping is so easy and the diversity is admirable," said one agent.  Another agent said of the culture, "There is none other like it.  Also getting high ranking was, "the breathtaking sunset."

Hosting and escorting the group on the trip were members of The Bahamas Tourist Office sales force from Atlanta and the East Coast, including Ms. Archer, Phelan Ferguson and Nicolas Wisdom, representing Atlanta.   Hosts from New York included its BTO Area Manager, Mikala Moss and her team of Dornell Watson, Sr. Manager, based in Washington, D.C.; and Managers Crystal Bethel and Vandia Sands, New York.

"The Fam was very helpful with understanding The Bahamas more than what I have learned in the past... it was so nice to see the history of the Island and the Out Islands.  The people are so friendly sincere and welcoming.  The food is amazing too.  I am looking forward to selling The Bahamas with the knowledge I have learned on this Fam,” said Ruby Stansfield, of 'Ruby's Travel' New York.

Media Contact: Jeannie Gibson | Bahamas Ministry of Tourism