Bahamas Tourism Office promotes Grand Bahama to Canada
Published: Oct 29, 2013
OTTAWA, Canada – The Toronto-based Bahamas Tourist Office hosted a private event for members of the Ottawa region travel industry at the Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa.
This event on Wednesday, October 23 was held to introduce Sunwing Vacations’ new non-stop service from Ottawa to Freeport, and to educate travel agents on the attractions and resorts in the destination.
Dr. Calsey Johnson, High Commissioner to Canada for The Bahamas, Paul Strachan and Mikala Moss of the Bahamas Tourist Office, and representatives from various Grand Bahama hotels showcased the beauty of the island and their respective hotels.
The hotels presenting their properties included The Pelican Bay Resort, The Grand Lucayan, Memories Resort & Spa and Viva Wyndham Club Fortuna.
This event was important for Grand Bahama, which is still trying to rebound after the economic downturn and the hurricanes that devastated the island in 2004.
The newest hotel on the island will be the Memories Grand Bahama Beach & Casino Resort which will open in January 2014 with 504 rooms, six bars, and five unique dining experiences.
The property is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar rebuild in order to bring it up to the Memories brand and standard.
At the event, Grand Bahamians were able to woo first time and long-time visitors to come to Grand Bahama so that they can experience the hospitality and multitude of amenities available.
A video presentation featured sights, sounds and first-hand accounts from locals and Grand Bahamian business owners alike.
Johnson told guests, “The Bahamas is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and on behalf of the people of The Bahamas we encourage you to visit our shores.”
The night included culinary delights from The Bahamas including steamed chicken, macaroni and cheese and peas and rice – much to the delight of those in attendance.
The event allowed the true potential and beauty of The Bahamas’ 4th largest island to truly shine. Guests were also treated to various prizes throughout the night.
The grand prize winner received a week long voucher to the brand new Memories Grand Bahama & Casino Resort.
Starting January 26, 2014, tour operator Sunwing Vacations will be offering weekly winter service from Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton to Freeport, Grand Bahama, along with year round flights from Toronto.
This new initiative is anticipated to assist with the revitalization of Grand Bahama, while allowing the island to tap into new markets across Canada.