In “Tobago makes a splash with top travel influencers in Toronto and Montreal,” Caribbean 360 reports on the latest Caribbean tourism strategy in Canada saying that “Destination Tobago brought a little island vibe” to Canada recently. The festivities included a performance by Tobagonian pan player Tony ‘Pan Jumbie’ Williams, folkloric dances, and rum sampling. Here are excerpts:
Top travel agents from Toronto and Montreal along with select travel media, and local celebrities were invited to experience the island in style. They got the chance to learn about Tobago’s unique features and off the beaten path charm. Agents, journalists, videographers and bloggers gathered at the exclusive rooftop patio of the Spoke Club in Toronto to enjoy an evening full of surprises. Renowned Tobagonian pan player, Tony ‘Pan Jumbie’ Williams kept guests moving with his extraordinary skills performing everything from current soca hits to modern pop.
Jesille Peters the Promotional Analyst for Tobago in Canada states, “Tobago and her people are beautiful, warm and excited about the uniquely cultural and vibrant experiences we can offer to our visitors. We might be tiny, but we offer world class diving, eco-adventure, and an ideal backdrop for destination weddings and honeymoons.”
Throughout the events, honoured attendees were treated to rum punches and Caribbean inspired canapés. Palettes were refined in a special rum tasting presented by El Dorado, the rum of the Caribbean. Guests sampled the diverse flavours and unique characteristics of the award-winning cask aged rums. The luxurious Tobago chocolate popular with aficionados all over Europe was also a big a hit with the crowd.
Buzz of Tobago’s charming villages and beaches were confirmed by former Major League Soccer (MLS) star Dwayne De Rosario who was in attendance. Already a friend of Tobago, his ‘DeRo’ Foundation runs an interactive youth soccer camp in Tobago each December to inspire and motivate children through teaching soccer skills, leadership, teamwork, education, health and nutrition.
In Montreal, guests gathered at L’Auberge in Old Montreal. The warm evening sun streamed in to the private room inspiring many to dance and a few to attempt the pan under Tony’s laid-back tutelage. Guests were enchanted by the traditional Bellair costume custom made for the event. Some even joined in with the dancer to learn a few steps of the traditional dances still on show at the annual Tobago Heritage Festival. [. . .]