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Trade mission seeks to entice Mexican tourists to Bahamas

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) is on a trade mission to entice Mexicans to visit The Bahamas, which is part of the government’s commitment to developing the Latin American tourism market, according to a MOTA press release.

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar explained that the economics of Mexico and advancements in tourism in The Bahamas make the move to the Mexican market possible.

“The exciting tourism developments in our country, coupled with the increasing economic potential of the Mexican market, make this an opportune time to explore business relations,” said D’Aguilar.

“As MOTA’s multi -destination department continues to execute its extensive marketing plan within the Latin American market, the number of visitors to The Bahamas is expected to increase,” the release points out.

Tourism and hospitality professionals who joined the MOTA on the trade mission to Mexico included Erica Valbuena, director of international leisure sales for Atlantis Resort; Amy Mencl, vice president of leisure sales for Atlantis resort; Carey Turnquest, assistant director of the Cove Atlantis; Karin Salinas, senior vice president of marketing for Baha Mar; Ana Cerna, international marketing director for Baha Mar; Edgar Rubio, leisure sales manager for British Colonial Hilton; Monica Majors, director of public relations for The Ocean Club; Maria Guadalupe Espina, Mexico’s business development manager for Sandals Resorts; Adriana Laguna, Mexico sales manager for RIU; Nashelly Tapia, director of sales and marketing for Meliá Nassau Beach resort; Lucila Vargas, sales executive for Viva Wyndham Fortuna; Fred Lounsberry, chief executive officer, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board; Mary DiPasquale, director of tour and travel marketing for the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board; William “AJ” Saunders III, director of Majestic Tours; Perez Rodgers, Majestic Tours; Michael Symonette, chief executive officer of Bahamas Experience; Nasly Osorio, manager of partner relations for Bahamas Experience; and Carmel Churchill, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board.

MOTA Director General Joy Jibrilu said the mission is the beginning of a strong relationship between The Bahamas and Mexico, and the start of “endless future opportunities”.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
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