Sunwing Airlines Connects Houston Texas to Freeport Grand Bahama
By Kendea Smith, MOT
Jun 2, 2015 - 12:49:40 PM
a highly successful winter travel season, Sunwing Airlines returns with an
exciting Vacation Express program, just in time for summer.
Ministry of Tourism executives and other tourism officials rolled out the red
carpet to greet the first group of guests arriving from the program’s newest
gateway, Houston, Texas.
for the Grand Bahama Tourist Office, Betty Bethel, said the Houston market grew
greatly with little promotional efforts.
Grand Bahama’s positioning, the destination will continue to see growth and
significant economic development, Bethel added.
some time, Mexico was the only international destination of choice from Houston.
with the introduction of the new direct service, Houston travelers can now fly
direct to Freeport, Grand Bahama for a summer vacation of a lifetime, according
to Denise Adderley, Director of Sales and Marketing for Blue Diamond Resorts,
parent company of Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort and Casino.
According to VP, Sales & Digital
Strategy for Vacation Express Kevin Hernandez, the destination of Grand Bahama
is now more accessible to Texan travelers that are ready for a new summer destination.
With the affordability of the
international packaged vacation offerings to Grand Bahama, guests can enjoy the
ease of travel – arriving in less than three hours.
He added that this year’s program
already exceeded last year’s performance.
An attributing factor to this is Sunwing
Airlines’ new Boeing 737-800,
189-seat jet aircraft with a 26 per cent increase in seat capacity.
MD, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, Houston, TX, Nashville, TN, Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh, PA are continuing increased bookings and repeat travelers.
there are four and seven-night rotations from Newark, NJ.
Hernandez said travelers visiting the
island on the four-night rotation largely participated in more activities than
in other destinations.
Particular excitement was shown for nature-based
activities, tours and attractions.
visitor to The Bahamas, Omar Teal from Houston, Texas along with his wife and
two of their friends was pleased with the package offered to Texans through
was a deal that I couldn’t turn down,” he said.
for the remaining four days of his trip, Teal added that although he had just
landed, all of his expectations were quickly met.
A series of Familiarization Trips
will begin in upcoming weeks to further orient Travel Agents with the
destination of Grand Bahama.
This drives business and garners further
traveler interest in this unique and diverse summer getaway.
The new non-stop services
will operate between May and October of this year, with dates varying from one
city to the other.
Vacation Express packages
include airport transfers and in some cases all-inclusive packages (including
meals and drinks).
Vacation package deals to Grand Bahama
Island start at $379, including non-stop flight, hotel and taxes.
Customs pre-clearance takes place in
Grand Bahama Island and passengers arrive back to their city just like a
The flights depart on a back-to-back
basis allowing for four-night packages that leave on various days of the week.
However, if vacationers are
interested, eight-night packages can also be arranged.
For more information visit www.bahamas.com/gbiflights
or contact local travel agents.
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