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Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) and a variety of tourism stakeholders hosted a group of nine top New Jersey travel agents on a fam trip to the island, December 10 – 14, 2016. Participants of the group had strong Caribbean booking backgrounds, possessed multi-island knowledge and were well experienced in securing mid- to high end sales. 

The objective of the trip was to further support the United Airlines Newark-Bonaire non-stop service and help generate more local Newark boarding passengers in the New Jersey/New York City area. Diane Curtis, Bonaire’s New Jersey multi-line sales representative, escorted the group on island. During their time on island, the travel agents visited over 10 hotels for site inspections, dined at some of Bonaire’s top restaurants, participated in a Northern and Southern island tour and went on a snorkel and sunset trip.

The travel agents were extremely impressed with Bonaire’s offerings and had only positive feedback about the island. Travel agent Marge Vain said, “I enjoyed the laid back and casual atmosphere of the island. It was a little like going back in time. The color of the water was unbelievable.”

“It was a very enjoyable trip,” commented travel agent Marge Vain. “The people on Bonaire are super friendly, and there is so much to do around the island for both the younger and older generations.”

“What I liked best about Bonaire is the tranquility and that it’s unspoiled,” commented travel agent Reshma Amin. “I was always under the impression that Bonaire was for divers only. After touring the island and seeing the culture and history there is a lot that one can do while vacationing on this beautiful island.”

TCB would like to thank all of the private sector who participated in sponsoring this trip, and provided complimentary services to the press group: Eden Beach Resort, Plaza Beach Resort All Inclusive, Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Sorobon Beach Resort, Marriott Courtyard Bonaire, Belmar Oceanfront Apartments, Caribe Watersport, Spice Beach Club Restaurant, the Cadushy Distillery, Magazina di Rei, Harbour Village Beach Club, Bonaire Oceanfront Apartments, Terramar Apartments, Buddy Dive Resort, Sand Dollar Condominiums, Den Laman Condominiums, Rum Runners Restaurant, Captain Don’s Habitat and La Placita.