Published on : Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) along with its hotel industry partners who attended the 2017 Sun n Fun International Fly In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida, April 4-9, 2017 are pleased with the new business opportunities that they achieved in the aviation expo.
To quote Omar Isaacs, General Manager of Vertical Markets at the BMOT, “Based on the high level of exposure the Islands of The Bahamas received through its prominent brand displays and strong partnership with Sun n Fun, along with numerous live radio and television broadcasts, seminars, one on one meetings with pilots and other contracted business opportunities our hoteliers procured, we could not have been more pleased.” He added, “The fact that our hoteliers, new and old are already planning to attend this expo in 2018, speaks volume of their excitement, confidence and knowledge of the importance of this Expo to their business development.”
To quote Jeff Todd, Director of Communications for the GIV Bahamas Inc., “We will have some 64 pilots from the fly ins in to Grand Isle later this year and we have established some new partnerships (with Heaven’s Landing) and exploring the possibilities of conducting our own air show in Exuma.”
Some of The Bahamas’ leading hoteliers that participated in the event included Small Hope Bay Lodge (Andros), Valentine’s Inn (Eleuthera), Fernandez Bay Village (Cat Island), Resorts World Bimini, and Old Bahama Bay, Whyndham Viva Fortuna and Flamingo Bay Hotel in Freeport. The event is now in its 43rd year.
It is the largest convention in Florida and second largest aviation show in the world. Over 200,000 persons, from over 60 nations, inclusive of 500 manufacturers and exhibitors, pilots, campers and aviation enthusiasts attended the six days event, which showcased daily aerobatic air shows. The event also hosted members of the international press, aviation performers, industry partners and executives of Sun n Fun to a dinner reception.