Atlantis Introduces New Junkanoo Experience, Appoints New VP of Group Sales

Jim Curtis 

Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas is introducing new immersive experiences for guests to learn about the Bahamian culture. 


Groups now have the option to partake in Junkanoo through the new team-building activity, the "Junkanoo Bahamian Fest & Feast." 

Junkanoo (think Carnival) is a major cultural festival of the Bahamas, celebrating life and freedom with a street parade of music, dancing and festive costumes. 


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This activity is designed to allow groups at Atlantis to truly immerse themselves in the spirit and cuisine of the Bahamas and enter into a friendly competition. Attendees will break out into groups to design their own costumes, which are used as a form of self-expression, and compete in a dance competition during the "Rush Out," which is basically the parade portion of Junkanoo.

The experience includes dinner of local Bahamian cuisine; learning the history of Junkanoo from Junkanoo enthusiast and historian, Arlene Nash Ferguson, and a Junkanoo dance lesson.

Atlantis, Paradise Island also recently announced the appointment of Jim Curtis as vice president of group sales.

In his new role, Curtis will be responsible for leading the group sales team, exceeding established revenue targets and room night goals, and creating long-term sales relationships. He will work closely with Wendy Blaney, chief sales officer, to set the overall strategic direction and goals for group sales. Curtis will report directly to Blaney and will be based in Atlantis’ Plantation, Fla. office.

With more than 30 years of hospitality sales and marketing experience, Curtis most recently served as director of sales and marketing for The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla., where he managed all sales and marketing efforts during the re-branding and transitioning of the resort from a Westin to Hilton.  


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