Houston & Dallas, TEXAS – May 20, 2015, A whirlwind day for a 20-person delegation from The Turks and Caicos Islands led by the country’s Premier, Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Porsha Smith as the group took on two major cities; Houston and Dallas in Texas.
An increase in airlift connecting these two Texas cities to Providenciales, the World’s #1 Island Destination, made the double date a must do for the team. The city’s most trusted in travel bookings were invited to a lavish luncheon held at an award winning steak house, Pappas Brothers (Houston) and a sky scraping lounge, the celebrated Crescent Club at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel & Resort, (Dallas) for a business soiree.
“Well these are wonderful networking sessions and it is very nice to have our Ministers here, like our Minister of Tourism and our Premier because it shows the agents and the attendees that we appreciate them. I think that is very important because these are the people that make our destination grow and help to bring business to us and it is very important to have these people here to say thank you very much for the business you are sending us and continue to do that,” said Pamela Ewing, Regional Marketing Manager for the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board in the US.
The newly debuted video promotion for the Turks and Caicos Islands once again held both audiences in awe as the story tellers took viewers on a riveting ride through white roads to picturesque hills and beaches, into exotic mangroves and skipping over the turquoise waters across the chain of islands to dizzying heights above the surf which included lofty locations outside of the world famous, Providenciales.
Travel Agents agreed, the presentation gives them enhanced insight as they continue to send city-weary vacationers for a true Caribbean escape in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Connie is with Precision Travel in Dallas and shared, “The video was great and it makes me want to go back and send more clients there, it is beautiful; shows that there is a lot to do. Mostly I sell the water and the sand and the peace and quiet, because it’s what I loved so much when I was there.”
Connie adds that escaping the hustle and bustle and stagnancy is often the motive for her clients to book Turks and Caicos vacations, “I can tell you that if you’re living Dallas, you want to get away to the cool.”
Over fresh south western salads, thick juicy steaks, flavorful seafood, tasty tamales, decadent desserts and crystal goblets filled with the finest in wines, there were vigorous discussions about the video feature and increased opportunities for enjoyable, enviable travel experiences to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Ingo Reckhorn, Sales and Marketing Director for the Beach House, Blue Haven and the Alexandra Resorts in Providenciales agreed that the shift from spoken presentations to a visual one gives room to introduce the other islands in the chain: “This year is a little bit different because we are putting a lot of emphasis on the things that go beyond the beach and the sand and the sun and we are emphasizing the other islands, the outer islands a lot – first of all with the video but also in our discussions with the agents and they are extremely interested in that.”
The Premier’s North American Tourism, Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz continues next to Illinois and the city of Chicago, where over 100 travel gurus are expected at Virgin Hotels for cocktails and tapas.