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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA: Anguilla Secretary of Tourism… Huge Strings Pulled For RHOA… Anguilla Could Barely Support the RHOA Visit!

August 3, 2012  2:10 pm  REPOST DECEMBER 10, 2012   PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TOURISM THANKS INDUSTRY PARTNERS ref Real Housewives of Atlanta

RHOA cast without KIMZ

NOTE:  Now that the visit by the RHOA to Anguilla has begun airing, this letter from the Anguilla Secretary of Tourism makes the RHOA’s visit to Anguilla even more deplorable…

               Real Housewives of Atlanta… We miss you, Sheree!!!

NOTE:  WHY would the production company of the Real Housewives of Atlanta request so much from Anguilla???  It is obvious from the Secretary of Tourism that Anguilla could not support the RHOA visit!  

ANOTHER “wedding” ceremony with Cynthia and Peter!  AND… Anguilla went “above and beyond” to make Nene happy!

PUBLIC NOTICES of Anguilla News:

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I am here today to thank all of those who worked so hard with me to make the production of the Real Housewives of Atlanta filming in Anguilla a reality.

I must especially thank them because when this opportunity was presented to me while at the June CTO New York by the Britto agency; I had to wrestle with the fact that Anguilla did not have the budget or the financial wherewithal to undertake such as production.

I therefore reached out to home to get some advice on the fiscal situation and was advised that neither the Anguilla Tourist Board nor the Ministry of Finance and Tourism had the financial resources to take this important project on. I reverted to the Britto agency and they indicated that this production could still be a possibility if we could get the industry partners to do some sponsoring in kind. After some initial feelers, I was pleased with the response.

Grasping the vision and idea, and first on board, were Mr. Sherwin Richardson of the spectacular Modena Villa in the Cove, and Ms. Bonnie Bloom of world renowned ANI Villas in Limestone Bay.

I must place on record my gratitude especially to Ms. Bloom who not only understood the vision, but also offered up both ANI Villas to house the entire cast of the Real Housewives.

Not only did she house them but did everything necessary for them to have a most enjoyable stay, so much so that the producers exclaimed , There was no drama in the house.

There are many others to be thanked, and they include Mr. Jeff David and his extraordinary team at Viceroy Anguilla.

They offered no fewer than ninety (90) room nights, an offer which, as anyone could  expect, was at a tremendous cost to the resort; Mr. Bernard Sarmes, Mr. Malcolm Webster, Ms. Patricia Bryan and the great staff at the legendary Cap Juluca Resort, for going above and beyond, by creating the atmosphere, and constructing an ocean platform where lunch for the cast was served and filmed.

In doing so, these individuals exceeded the expectations of all; Mr. & Ms. Ian Edwards of Sunset Homes, Mr. & Ms. Eudoxie Wallace of Gorgeous Scilly Cay, Mr. Bankie Banx and the Dune Cat, Miss Tahirah Banks, Mr. David Lloyd and Ms. Vida Lloyd-Richardson of Davidas for the scrumptious dinner they provided for the cast. That night captured the essence of the show. I would also like to thank Mr. Timi Webster of On da Rocks, Mr. Tyrone ‘Latest’ Brooks and the Exodus Band for providing a memorial experience, Lanvol ‘Pantha’ Hughes, Pantha Vibes Intl and the PVI fan club, Ms. Valencia Prentice, Mr. Girdon Connor and the Klassique Dance academy for creating what will undoubtedly leave a lasting memory with both the cast and the crew.

Ms. Karla Hughes, the Management and Staff of Dolce Vita Restaurant, Ms. Simone Connor and Mr. Sil Connor of Sandy Island who hosted the renewal vows of Peter Thomas and Cynthia Bailey, and Rev Erica Carty for officiating at the ceremony.

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I would also like to thank Miss Roxanne ‘Roxxy’ Webster and Ms. Rachel Haskins of ‘Hello Gorgeous’ for making the special effort to accommodate Ms. Leakes and going above and beyond to make her happy.

So many local partners came on board to make this a reality and I cannot thank them enough. Mr. Dennis Mussington and his crew that did the transportation, Mr. Rosmund Davis and crew of Calypso Charters for doing all the sea shuttles complimentary, the Customs and Immigration Department, Permanent Secretary, Mr Foster Rogers, for his advice and support in this venture, the Ministers of Government –  in particular the Hon. Chief Minister and  the Hon. Jerome Roberts for their unwavering support, Mr. Alejandro Raygoza and Dolphin Discovery, Ms. Gilda Gumbs Samuel of the AHTA and Ms. Sherille Hughes, past President of the AHTA, Mr. Keithly Lake of the Anguilla Chamber of Commerce for his support, and lastly but most importantly, Ms. Marvet Britto and the BRAVO network.

It is especially rewarding when such a major production as this can be done without the tax payers having to pay for it. Undoubtedly, the entire country will benefit from the exposure and my gratitude goes out to all of the above for making this a reality. It goes to show that the age old quote is alive and well:  Where there is a will, there is a way!

Our mandate is in keeping with the Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and that is, to ensure that Anguilla becomes more visible and by so doing, increase the number of visitors to our shores. We believe that through continued web marketing and major television productions such as these, we are achieving the same.

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Already, Anguilla is reaping the rewards of this production with all of the outtakes and US websites and blogs that are mentioning the filming and the destination, and we can all look forward to the upcoming RHOA season and the 2013 Tourist season with great expectations.

Thank you and may God Bless Anguilla”

NOTE:  Poor Anguilla!  IMO, don’t think the RHOA did any favors by visiting… in fact, tourists will probably avoid Anguilla now that the RHOA have desecrated the little island!

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25 comments on “REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA: Anguilla Secretary of Tourism… Huge Strings Pulled For RHOA… Anguilla Could Barely Support the RHOA Visit!

  1. I don’t think this is any of the RHOA’s fault, this is just Bravo being cheap as usual.

    Bravo is the one who deals with accommodations, with comp for publicity and it is obvious that the filming crew has to stay somewhere too. For the ladies obviously the fancier the better, who could ecline some nice accommodations and meals, after all that is one of the perks for being a Bravo HW.

    I am sure that the amount of publicity that Anguilla has received (which to be honest I have never heard before in my life) was a great pay off for the organizers. I am trying now to talk to hubby into going there for next vacations because it looked so lovely and peaceful.

  2. So Bravo was being cheap and made them pay for the casts trip? Bravo should be the ones footing all these Wives trips not the country that’s having them visit.

  3. This reminds me of their trip to Africa last year. The women went to the local store and bought it out. The people that owned the store could never replace all the items that they bought in a timely manner. The store supported the entire community and it would be some time before they could get their inventory back up. Most Americans and Europeans that do missonary work take supplies for communities with them to avoid situations like this. RHOA always completely clueless about the impact of their idiotic actions.

    • I don’t think this speculation to be correct and, thus, justified.

      Could the store simply not just purchase more stock with their store with all the money that was spent there?

      • Yes they could, but the problem with many of these countries both Africa and other places is the fact that major corruption in the govt. and business happens. And so instead of going after the corrupt leaders who don’t allow the money to fund their society, we in the west just keep taking goods to these poor places instead of forcing the govt. to use their funds to support their people. Remember South Africa got major resources, but they hoard it for the elite pure and simple.

    • BBWWWAAAAHHHH…LMAO..I can’t even comment because DonCaro’s wallpaper is making me lose focus..too funny…I’m disappointing at Bravo for being so dam cheap to Anguilla…

      NeNe had me dying with laughter with her comments..(Stripper Moves).”I’ve Been Doing This For 100 Years, I Know How To Count My Coins & Go Home Chile”

      “Gotta Catch A Boat to Get To Another Boat To Catch Another Boat, to Get On A Boat”

  4. Bravo is despicable. They should have at least covered the visit on par with actual cost. Granted the participants/venue’s wouldn’t have made a profit but they wouldn’t have had to eat the cost of the trip.

    • I thought Bravo paid for everything from Mortgages, leases on cars and parties the housewives have. I guess they dont after all.

      • That is a myth, Bravo is as cheap as they come, whatever they can get for free for advertisement is a done deal, but as far as rent, cars or other nonsense that they HW would enjoy for personal profit, nope.
        Some of the HW work their own personal deals and get discounts but there is money to be paid too, that is why so many of them are called on their non payments (**ahem KZ ahem***)

        • Thats what I thought, i dont see them paying rent or mortgages and leasing of the cars ect ect. I know people use that as a excuse to explain why these broke dick people still have luxery cars and live high on the hogs,.

          • I don’t think they do it for everyone, but I do think they have had to step in from time to time to keep up the charade they set up a good example of that would be Sheree and probably Danielle Staub.

  5. Didn’t Peter say that he put the trip together ? He made it sound like a single phone call to the resort and voila, the rooms were reserved.
    Now we know it took a cast of thousands .

  6. As someone who worked for many years in tourism marketing and PR, I’ve arranged for many productions on the cruise lines and in the countries I represented. This is really, truly how it is done. The cost is always on the client – in this case Anguilla and the hotels. It seems like they did go “above and beyond” with the creation of a stage and such, but that was most likely built into the deal – for instance, I might have a hotel cover the costs of a “wedding” that would be featured in Brides Magazine and I would contact airlines for the free air that would also get mentions. In exchange for such “costs”- you get PR. It’s an exchange. I didn’t notice what airline they used – PROBABLY because Bravo actually paid for the air. Otherwise they would have showed the airline company on the show (it is usually spelled out in contracts for how long the airline should be mentioned and what photos are used and so on).

    The letter, in the end, was a very courteous thank you for all those who helped out for the show in order to promote Anguilla as a destination, not an angry piece upset that Bravo didn’t pay.

  7. Wow and here I thought BRAVO paid for everything. Didn’t they pay for Katfish’s shore house last summer. You mean they didn’t pay for all those plastic jobs on everyone. Hey those BRAVO pay checks sure in heck don’t pay for them. HMMMMMMMMMMM something is FISHY…. :-)

    One other thing it looks like Pheadra Parks (sp) head is thrown on her shoulders crooked the one next to Kim

  8. Wow, this is insane. I too thought Bravo covered all expenses on theese RH trips. It´s sickeing that this little Island had to go through so much trouble to house these people. And thank God they didnt spend their tax money on some crap like this. It really makes me sick to my stomach thinking about that in this world of over spending we are living in.
    And Peter, what a douche. Prentending to arrange this all by himself. Really….

  9. HA!! I am pretty sure that is how Teresa ended up 11 million dollars in debt because of trying to portray the over-the-top friend of the *family*. Surely, a big way to get yourself into more debt is to become a HW for Bravo! Lucky she was smart enough to find ways of paying her debt off with books and wine and hair care. All of her products are TOP quality. Her recipes are spot on and not boring to read. Her bellinis are the BEST that I have ever had in life…and her Milania hair care was a life saver for my Granddaughter’s hair. She went from dreading to have her hair brushed every day to having the most beautiful hair now. *LOL* she is telling everyone that she is going to get more Milania with her Xmas money!

  10. Everyone from Bravo should be ashamed….ESP the RHOA. What an unimaginable imposition and selfish waste of resources! I wonder how many families suffered without because of these “ladies” who already have too much.. Disgusting..

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