Ministry of Tourism
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The Bahamas Tourist Office, Houston, Texas, recently teamed up with Bahamasair to provide US agents from the west and southwest areas, with an experiential visit to The Islands Of The Bahamas via Bahamasair’s new Houston to Nassau direct service out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The some 25 travel agents on the trip included agents from top tour operator companies in the west and southwest such as Funjet Vacations, Virtuoso, AA Vacations, Apple Leisure Group, Pleasant Holidays, Travel Impressions, Inteletravel, VAX and Classic Vacations.
The agents hailed from various cities in Texas, Los Angeles, California and Louisiana. Although the new flights leave out of Houston, TX, agents from LA and San Francisco, California were added to the trip to inform them of the one-stop option from the west coast via Bahamasair from Houston to Nassau. The new service started in November 2017 using the airline’s Boeing 737-500 series 130-seater jet.
To prove to the travel community in the west just how easy the service is, the group of travel agents were flown down to Nassau for a fun-filled weekend, to familiarize themselves with the flight and the destination. The trip also included a quick jaunt down to Abaco and Harbour Island/Eleuthera for the agents to experience the diversity and beauty of The Bahama Islands.
On Abaco the agents were able to enjoy the culture through local foods, but also got to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in The Bahamas, including the one at Treasure Cay.
On Harbour Island/Eleuthera, the agents took delight in riding the golf carts along the colorful streets of the small community. The agents were also able to enjoy Harbour Island’s famous pink sand beaches.
In Nassau, the group were treated to a meal at the famous “Fish Fry” native “hang out” spot, which is frequented by both locals and visitors and known worldwide for its authentic Bahamian seafood dishes.
The group was hosted in Nassau at the Hilton British Colonial Resort, located in the heart of downtown and, as a result, were able to enjoy the night-life of the city on Bay Street following their daily excursions.
The overall feedback from the group was that the trip was a great one. Many of the agents also shared their experiences via social media postings.
Of the Bahamasair flight, agents agreed that the check-in was very smooth and that the cabin attendants displayed the friendly courteous service and hospitality that The Bahamas is known for.
Prescott Young, Area Manager for the Bahamas Tourist Office Western Territories, escorted the group along with District Sales Manager, Houston, Dupree Smith. Donna Bullard, Bahamasair’s U.S. based Sales Manager, accompanied the group.