Bahamas hosts hundreds at major cruise event

Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Obie Wilchcombe and Mickey Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise operator.

The Islands of the Bahamas host reception at Seatrade Cruise Global 2016

The Bahamas Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Obie Wilchcombe, led a delegation of Senior Bahamas Tourism executives attending the 2016 Conference of Seatrade Cruise Global, that took place at the Broward Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 14th-17th.

Other members of the senior delegation included, The Director General, Joy Jibrilu; Permanent Secretary, Harrison Thompson; Deputy Director General, Ellison Thompson and Sr. Director Cruise and Maritime Development, Erica Ingraham.

Significant to The Bahamas’ Seatrade presence was a hosted Cocktail reception and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association’s gala dinner on Wednesday, March 17th at the Hilton Marina.  The Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Commission hosted the reception.

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Showcased during the reception were costumed Carnival models and a Junkanoo nymph; Island music was provided by the Spank Band; and delectable Bahamian native dishes representing the Islands Of The Bahamas, were served.  The reception presented the opportunity to give a taste of Carnival, showcasing the festivities of the Second Annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Festival that will take place in Freeport, Grand Bahama, April 15th and 16th and in Nassau May 5-7th of this year.

During the conference, The Minister of Tourism and his team connected with Cruise and Maritime stakeholders with the intent to further solidify The Bahamas’ relationship. Seatrade is the leading international exhibition and conference serving the cruise industry by bringing together buyers and suppliers for a week of networking, sourcing, innovation, and education.
Speaking on behalf of The Bahamas Cruise and Maritime Office, Erica Ingraham said that, The Bahamas will engage fully in all related initiatives to advance the cruise sector, and that the communication and marketing initiatives will further promote the diversity and excitement of the Isles scattered 100,000 miles across the Atlantic with 700 Islands and 2,300 Cays; a paradise for those seeking leisure, sports, romance and activities, as families, couples and even groups.



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