By Betty Bethel, General Manager, Business Development
Freeport, Grand Bahama - On May 31, 2011, 34 Italian-based Travel Agents will arrive in Freeport aboard the Blue Panorama Airlines Boeing 767 Jet from Milan, Italy as part of the Alpitours charter program. The program, now in its second year, has been extended by an additional eight weeks to a total of 14 weeks this year. It is expected to deliver approximately 1500 vacationers, arriving 10:30 p.m. on Tuesdays over fifteen flight rotations through September 6th, 2011.
Deputy Director-General of Tourism Ellison “Tommy” Thompson noted that The Islands of The Bahamas continue to maintain a strong presence in the European marketplace. He added, “The beaches, pristine environment and the value of the all-inclusive Grand Bahama Island experiences compete favourably against other Caribbean destinations and the nearby Italian vacation favourites such as Kenya, Cape Verde and Senegal.”
The European arrivals booked at the Viva Wyndham, will be assigned to the 72 refurbished spacious guest rooms located on the beach front. The upgrades include vibrant tropical colours, redesigned bathrooms, new furniture, 32” LCD television and wireless internet services.
The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, the Radisson Our Lucaya Resort, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort and industry partners have prepared a four-day itinerary of special activities, tours and site inspections as part of the destination familiarization program. The travel agents will also visit Nassau to experience the product prior to departure on June 7, 2011.
The European passengers will be processed at GBIA upon arrival and through the Domestic Terminal on departure. The flight will stop in Cancun, Mexico on the return to Milan.