The introduction of an inter-cay schedule along with the opening of the Peggy Thompson Welcome Center in Hope Town marked the fifty-fifth anniversary of Albury’s Ferry Service on February 18.
The Welcome Center was named after Peggy Thompson who was an active, well known and loved member of the community of Hope Town who supported travel and tourism throughout the Bahamas.
The Welcome Center serves as a tribute to Peggy’s commitment and love of Hope Town, the Abacos and the Bahamas. The Center is open from 9:30am-5:30pm daily and located just across from the post office dock.
Jessica Mullen, manager of the Peggy Thompson Welcome Center said they offer a place to purchase tickets for all Albury’s Ferry routes, information about the service and about the cays and island concierge services.
“We want to direct people in here for any information they may want; if they have any questions or anything about the inter-cay ferry that’s what we’re here for. We want to take away some of the wondering of how do I get here or how do I get there; what can I do; where can I go; how can I get a golf cart,” she said.
She recalled when she worked at Hope Town Hideaways with Mrs. Peggy and at Sun Dried Tees that “you get bombarded with all these requests, like can you call me a golf cart, whereas now you can just go over to the welcome center and we will get a golf cart for you, we’ll call the shuttle for you, we’ll set your dinner reservations, as your island concierge service, we do groceries and anything you might want from Marsh Harbour we will pick it up for 20 percent of your bill.”
Ms. Mullen said that they really like to promote all the businesses on the cays. “That’s something that was ingrained in me from Mrs. Peggy; we are all in this together, so as much business that we can drive to everyone the better. We really want to come into this with her spirit and keeping her spirit alive.”
The same day the Welcome Center opened Albury’s Ferry introduced the inter-island ferry service, which they hope will make island hoping much easier and more convenient. Albury’s Ferry has added direct inter-cay ferry service between Man-O-War Cay, Lubbers Quarters, Elbow Cay and Guana Cay.
Ms. Mullen said Albury’s Ferry is providing three ticket options which comes with a wristband. The inter-cay service comes with some perks as participating businesses on all the cays are offering incentives, specials and discounts to Albury’s Ferry Service wristband holders, embracing the inter-cay island hopping service that encourages people to take advantage of the new excursion.
The Welcome Center pulls it all together in a convenient location where all ferry tickets, freight service and island concierge service can be purchased or arranged through the welcome center. “We want to make it as convenient and full service as possible.” Ms. Mullen said.
She added that the service has been well received so far. “We are seeing an increase in just locals taking advantage of it, so we’re really glad to see that it is being utilized by both locals and tourists alike.”