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Couples Share An Unforgettable Date Night With The Bahamas
WHY IT RATES: Nothing like a little sharing of the love from the Bahamas. – Rich Thomaselli, TravelPulse Senior Editor
PHOTO: Couples with ties to the Bahamas gathered in New York to reimagine their previous trips. (Photo courtesy of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Couples were treated to a picturesque night with The Islands of the Bahamas at Bahamian Date Night in New York City on June 2, 2016.
Bahamian Date Night, a signature event held during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week in NYC was crafted with the destination-oriented couple in mind.
Set on the dazzling 620 Loft and Garden, The Bahamas was truly seen and embodied all throughout the venue with tastefully colored Androsia pillows, poster backdrops of memorable places in The Bahamas and the versatile Ira Storr and the Spank band playing enthusiastically in the background.
Guests that attended were entered to win a four-day/three night stay for two at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini.
As couples socialized they were given the opportunity to take ring selfies, learn to merengue and sample tasty Bahamian food prepared by Bahamian celebrity chef, Simeon Hall.
Kimberly and David Cuming celebrated their first wedding anniversary 17 years ago in the Bahamas and the memories are still fresh as if it was yesterday.
“The first anniversary was paper, so I surprised him with airline tickets going to the Bahamas on our first anniversary,” Kimberly reminisced.
The couple had such an incredible time that they’re now considering a family trip.
“We do have to give back because now our kids are old enough and they see commercials and they want to go so I think we’ll be making a family trip,” David added.
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The biggest surprise of the night came from a special proposal by New York native, Joe Dambruoso to his fiancé Stephanie Renzi. Although, Joe had initially planned to propose on the Brooklyn Bridge, it was suggested that he propose instead at Date Night with the stunning St. Peter’s Cathedral in the background. With Colours Junkanoo group setting the mood, a nervous Joe stood on the side of Stephanie, waiting for the perfect moment. Surrounded by couples and her family, he got on one knee and popped the question and of course, she said yes! Not only did they seal a lifetime of happiness but the couple will also spend their honeymoon at Grand Isles Hotel in Exuma.
Freda Malcolm, director of romance was pleased with The Bahamas’ achievements as a romantic destination. The Bahamas was named World’s Leading Destination 2015 by World Travel Awards, and in 2016 the Romance team hit the ground running.
“We started off the year with standalone events throughout the U.S. and we wanted to end our Romance campaign with a bang. The Minister of Tourism wanted The Bahamas to do something totally different and blow it out of the park,” Malcolm said. “It was a long time coming, we’ve been in many different cities, we’ve had such tremendous success and I can’t tell you how excited I am.”
Joy Jibrulu, director general of Ministry of Tourism said The Bahamas is certainly a dynamic destination.
“This year the CTO declared year of romance and the Bahamas ran with that theme,” she said. “Our romance team took it literally and found something for every month that celebrates romance. The Bahamas hosted a romantic event and had to cut it off at 200 people, even though the location could only hold 150. That speaks so well of the work that our Romance department is doing for The Bahamas.”
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