YAB Review: Spring Break 2013: Destination Grand Bahama Island

Today’s post comes from one of our YAB members, 22 year-old, Nathan. As a born and raised native of the Bahamas, Nathan has a very different perspective during Spring Break season. Instead of partying like a Spring Breaker, Nathan is most concerned about the marketing approach that local businesses take on during this high season. He interviewed a few students and business owners to give us some insight into the business side of Spring Break in the Bahamas. 

Spring Break 2013: Destination Grand Bahama Island, Ohio State, UGA, Virginia and Kentucky Lead The Way To The Sub-Tropical Paradise.


The parties, the nightlife and a great time are all the things visitors come for when they go to the island of Grand Bahama for Spring Break 2013. Mega student vacation travel agent, StudentCity.com has once again brought the party crowd from North America to their main host, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Hotel. The hotel is on the sub-tropical paradise island of Grand Bahama Island, and becomes one big party during this time of year with a fun-filled week of sandy beaches, hot weather and entertainment. Being a native, I find this time to be exciting and incredibly fascinating. The outlandish behavior, fun, and most of all the economic boost it gives our local communities makes this time of year a huge event to look forward to for everyone involved. 

Among this year’s highlights included a boat ride to Barberry Beach, a booze cruise and a beach party excursion. Among the larger groups of students that choose Grand Bahama as their destination of choice is Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and Virginia Tech. 

Spring breaker, Jeremy, from Ohio State University commented: “Grand Bahama also has great nightlife and great events during the day, so I wanted to come for that…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “I like Netflix because it helps to pass the time, especially when I'm doing something boring such as folding clothes.”

—Female, 16, IL

Sephora is stepping up its mobile efforts to create “addictive shopping experiences." To re-launch their private label the Sephora Collection, the beauty brand took a page from dating app Tinder, introducing a feature that allows users to browse looks and swipe left to pass, or swipe right to buy from Sephora.com. Eventually, they hope to add more “user-generated” looks with consumers’ photos. They also added the “beauty uncomplicator," a tool that helps users “whittle through thousands of makeup and beauty tools to find what they're looking for,” by filling in the blanks like Mad Libs. (Adweek

Barbie’s image makeover seems to have made a positive impression. The once-struggling franchise has seen 11% year-to-date gains and a recent 23% sales increase, despite Mattel’s other girl brands experiencing losses. Mattel credits the iconic doll’s new content marketing for its “better-than-expected earnings.” The “You Can Be Anything” campaign launched last fall, focusing on empowering and inspiring girls, and including unscripted video content aimed at Millennial parents to increase confidence in the brand and appeal to their desire for purpose-driven toys. (MediaPost

Not even alcohol can escape the “healthifying” movement. Alcohol brands are expanding their product lines to include “a host of gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar, all-natural, low- and no-alcohol drinks,” to cater to the Millennials and their increasing desire for healthier and “free-from” products. Non-alcoholic beverages that look still look “adult” have also taken off, as more young consumers are choosing to drink less. Diageo, the world’s largest spirits maker, is testing dairy and gluten-free Baileys liqueur, launching a Smirnoff vodka made with real fruit juice, and recently invested in Seedlip, a nonalcoholic distilled “spirit.” (MarketWatch

Young consumers want their financial institutions to be mobile. According to the 2016 FIS Consumer Banking PACE Index, 81% of Millennials are accessing their accounts on a computer or laptop, and 63% are accessing on their mobile phones on a monthly basis. They are 30% less likely than Baby Boomers to visit a bank location or use a drive-thru, and are 17% more likely to pay a bill from their bank through a mobile device. It’s crucial for banks to adapt to their needs—especially as over seven in ten Millennials with bank accounts anticipate at least one financial-focused life event to occur over the next 36 months. (Mashable

Over six in ten Millennials would rather lose their cars than their phones, according to a recent Wall Street study. The research looked into the attitudes and investment preferences of wealthy 18-35-year-olds globally to “restructure how the firm communicates with clients and prospects in the future.” The study also found that 50% of wealthy Millennials say they are “politically unaffiliated,” and 61% are worried about the state of the world and feel responsible for making a difference. Wall Street’s biggest challenge might be their “quick trigger” on underperforming mutual funds, with less than 20% saying they would hold on to one for more than a year. (Breitbart

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— Female, 22, CA

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