Journeys Travel, represented by its President, Jeni Chaffer, was one of the selected agencies invited to join this year’s Midwest Agents Selling Travel (MAST) ALL- STAR trip to the Bahamas. The all-star trip is a unique annual opportunity for competing agents to gather, have fun, brainstorm, and learn from each other.
MAST is a network of 210 travel agencies across the United States having, strong presence in the Midwest. Meanwhile, its annual “all-star” trip is being participated by the top-producers and most-improved member agencies.
For this year, the MAST All-Star Trip kicked off with an outdoor cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment hosted by Sandals Resorts. During the Members’ Business Meeting, the participants were joined by Mr. Gary Sadler, Executive Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations of Sandals Resorts as well as other event sponsors and trip hosts such as: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, AIG Travel Guard, and American Airlines Vacations.
MAST All-Stars agents first-handedly experienced the True Bahamian Food Tour, wherein the group visited six food tasting locations, carefully chosen to highlight the local delicacies unique to downtown Nassau. Included also is a stop at the Graycliff Restaurant and Hotel, internationally known for its fine cuisine, presenting a delicious combination of culinary innovations and Bahamian traditions. It is also where the 3rd largest wine cellar in the world lies, having an inventory of over 250,000 bottles from over 5,000 vintners in 20 countries.
The all-star group also hit the waters of Nassau for fun and sun on board a Reggae Catanaran Cruise and Nassau Beach Break. They sailed past historical landmarks and famous homes, with a stop at Rose Island for beach time.
More than business and fun, the all-star group also supports sustainable tourism by supporting local communities in their destinations. And so for this year, they presented a donation of backpacks, school supplies, and books to support children of the Bahamas, through Sandals and Beaches in partnership with PackForPurpose.org.
Indeed, the All-star trip is not only just a reward and a familiarization tour for the agents but more importantly, it’s an enriching experience for the key players in the industry, as they each share their best practices, inspiring more improvements and innovations on travel service. With all the significant learning from the MAST all-star trip, Journeys Travel is now more than ready to bring you to the Bahamas, whether it is for your long-awaited vacation or for your destination wedding or other occasions!