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Caribbean Travel Marketplace participants party hard!

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Sandals playmaker Alexandria Pinder enjoying herself at a party hosted by Sandals Royal Bahamian on Wednesday night.
From left: Spanish Court's Chris Issa, with Cable and Wireless's Renee Wong-Brissett, Craig Schnoor and Andrew Fazio.
The St Lucian team of (from left) Lorine St Jules and Lorne Charles of Marigot Beach Club, with Erwin Louisy of Barefoot Holidays.
Expedia's Adrian Harrison and Sea Garden's Tricia-Ann Bicarie are all smiles for our lens.
From left: The Wexford Hotel's Richard Miller with Geraldine and Carlyle Allen.
Lindsay Thompson of the Bahamas Information Services dances with journalist Chester Robard.
Carnival dancers heating up the vibes at the Sandals Royal Bahamian party.
Sandals Resorts International's Adam Stewart (right) shares lens time with Deja Resort's Robin Russell and his sister, Shari Edwards.
Playa Resort's Mureen James (left) and her colleague, Rose Cosentino.
Petra Roach, director of USA for Barbados, is all smiles with Sandals Resorts International's Gary Sadler.
Carib Journal's Sarah Greaves-Gabbidon (left) poses with Jennifer Johnson of Cheryl Andrews Marketing at a party hosted by Sandals Royal Bahamian on Wednesday night.
Rachel Sandals of Travel Leisure spends quality time with Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook.
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Fire breathers, dancers, roving mimes, magicians and carnival costumed playmakers were a signal that Sandals Royal Bahamian had one thing in mind - if you come to our parties, prepare to get on bad.

This intention was not lost on the delegates who had worked hard at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Travel Marketplace, and had just about enough energy left to let off steam.

On night two of the premier marketing conference in The Bahamas, hosts Sandals Royal Bahamian was forced to move their planned 'Island Chic' beach party to their ballroom because of a cold front, warmed its guests with the most incredible music played by a DJ known only as Chello.

Upgrading the entertainment with video walls, DJ Chello - one of Bahamas' top musicologists, kept the vibe high, commanding party lovers, "nobody leave, nobody go" as she played one hit after another, and had the packed ballroom eating out of her hands.

Using the shades of the ocean, Sandals set the stage for a party scene that had white draping with lighting effects of various patterns; flavoured Hookah lamps at one corner, throw cushions, leather lounge chairs and carnival girls bringing energy to the dance floor, creating the magic the chain is known for.

However, those were not enough, Sandals tapped into a little Bahamian fare with live conch stations, offering shooters, even while giving their guests that Caribbean flair - in recognition of the mixed audience.

An Appleton Rum bar, complemented by a live cigar roller, and a Robert Mondavi wine bar, were among the specialities that made the party extra special.

It can be declared, nobody knows how to throw a party like Sandals does!

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com