I found this interesting story online. I was originally looking for the name of the Villa the cast stayed at...
Anguilla Went to Great Expense and Effort to Accommodate the Real Housewives of Atlanta
Posted by tamaratattles in Apollo Nida, Cynthia Bailey, Filming Real Housewives of Atlanta, Gregg Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, NeNe Leakes, Peter Thomas, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Stewart, Real Housewives of Atlanta, RHOA, Todd Tucker, Walter Jackson
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would think that when Bravo takes the Real Housewives on trips, that
they foot the bill. But they don’t. They contact the tourism department
and ask to be accommodated in exchange for the publicity. While I knew
that this occurred, I did not realize the extent that the small
countries go to in order to accommodate the housewives. Remember when
Marlo asked for hair and make-up in South Africa? Not only she got it
but the person they called in was not paid.
In Anguilla, the country could not afford the cost of
accommodating the ladies and the crew so everyone came together to
donate their businesses and time in hopes of improving tourism to
Anguilla. After the break you will see the entire speech the
Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism gave after the housewives departed
Anguilla thanking everyone responsible for the production. You can see
that Nene Leakes required special accommodations and a “glam squad,” so a
local company volunteered to try to meet her diva requests.
The text from the speech is long so I bolded the important parts for
the lazy and I made a couples of remarks in purple to explain a few
things. Let me know what you think!
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.
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
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, (this is the place with the me drinks where Kandi and Todd filmed) Mr. Tyrone ‘Latest’ Brooks and the Exodus Band for providing a memorial experience, Lanvol ‘Pantha’ Hughes, Pantha Vibes Intl and the PVI fan club, (I doubt this makes it to air, my sources say the housewives stayed for five minutes and left) 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. 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. (I can’t believe, Nene demanded a hair and makeup team. Oh, wait, yes I can)
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. 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.