Friday, November 19, 2010

WestJet resumes nonstop service to GB

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter


FREEPORT - Grand Bahama can expect thousands of visitors again this winter as WestJet resumed its seasonal non-stop service from Toronto to Freeport for a second consecutive year.
Terrence Roberts of the Ministry of Tourism Office in Freeport said the non-stop service from Canada is "very convenient" and provides an opportunity for Grand Bahama to increase its share in the growing Canadian market.

"Having this non-stop service is very convenient for our customers who can get here and begin vacationing right away without having to stop at other locations before they get here," said Mr Roberts.

The low cost carrier is expected to bring more than 10,000 visitors to Grand Bahama this year.

As part of their ongoing promotion and marketing efforts, Tourism officials are hosting a "familiarisation trip" for a number of tour planners from Canada tonight.

Mr Roberts said he is very optimistic that the event will help make some inroads into the Canadian market.

Grand Bahama was the number one destination for Canadian visitors 35 years ago, and tourism officials are trying to win back that market.

It is hoped that low-cost carriers like WestJet will help to lure visitors back to Freeport and away from competing destinations.

Mr Roberts said various hotels on Grand Bahama are part of the familiarisation trip, including the Radisson at Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort, Pelican Bay and Old Bahama Bay.

A welcome reception will be held at the great lawn at Our Lucaya Resort today.

The group will visit the various convention facilities while on the island. They also will be taken to Smith's Point Fish Fry, Junkanoo Beach Club and some nightspots.

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