|U.S. ‘Gospel Getaway’ coming to Bahamas|
Guardian Business Reporter
Published: Apr 02, 2013
One of America’s largest radio and television networks is preparing to host the “largest gospel event on land” next month.
Atlantis Resort is scheduled to host Radio One’s “One Love Gospel Getaway” from May 2 to 5.
Andy Ingraham, an organizer of the event and president of the National Association of Black Hotel Owners and Operators and Developers Inc. (NABHOOD), said that hosting this event will help The Bahamas tap into the African-American market in the Unites States.
Ingraham confirmed to Guardian Business that more than 400 rooms have already been sold for the event.
“That’s a lot of people, but more importantly the impressions that we make during this event will go a long way in boosting the image of The Bahamas, as Radio One and TV One are major television and radio networks,” said Ingraham.
“An event like this would help to put The Bahamas on the map among this new traveling demographic. It will target the affluent traveler (who’s) over 40 years old and has a disposable income.”
Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One and TV One, along with former U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant, are scheduled to travel to Nassau later this month for the event.
Ingraham is hoping the One Love Getaway will become an annual event that is hosted at different locations in The Bahamas.
“If the commitment from TV One and Radio One indeed becomes a reality, think about the amount of traffic they can drive to places like Freeport, Eleuthera and Abaco,” Ingraham said.
“So we are hoping that we are able to offer really good creative partnerships with The Bahamas that make sense and that can drive traffic. Imagine having 5,000 people coming to The Bahamas, and think about the residual impact that will have.”