Melia Braco Village fêtes Canadian travel agents
THE CURTAIN came down on a visit of 80 travel agents from Canada who came to Jamaica to observe first-hand the nation’s tourism product, with a reception at Melia Braco Village in Trelawny, recently.
Named Jamaica’s ‘Best New Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards, Melia Braco pulled out all the stops in wooing the agents with some exquisite dishes, including an array of Jamaican culinary delights.
The resort did not stop at its food offerings, feeding the agents with top-notch entertainment, infused with a number of cultural presentations.
Pleased with the well-orchestrated welcome, the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) regional director in Canada, Philip Rose, said it propelled excitement for the agents, who, after experiencing the island, would be more equipped to sell the country to their clients.
He said the group was spread across Negril, Montego Bay, Trelawny, and Ocho Rios and was very important because Canada was among Jamaica’s largest source markets.
President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson noted that it was a fantastic idea on the part of the JTB to bring the travel agents down to actually see and interact with the hotels.
“The Canadian market had suffered a slight decrease, but it is dear to Jamaica and such a strategy can bring it back to its pride of place,” he stated.
Commending the effort, the hotel’s general manager, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, added that it he believed in exposure and interaction.
The event was supported by the JTB’s regional director, Jamaica and the Caribbean, Janice Allen and vicepresident of the JHTA, Vana Taylor.
Melia’s director of sales and marketing, Angella Bennett, chaired the evening’s event.
Some of the 80 travel agents hosted by Melia Braco Village.
From left: Hostess Tonii-Ann Richards and food and beverage supervisor Rackell Whorms flash smiles after a job well done at the Jamaica Tourist Board reception at Melia Braco Village.