VIPs Pack Chamber Event at Palm Cay to Mix, Mingle & Meet Carnival Chiefs

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DPA_BCCEC Wind Down - Celebrity artist makes presentation to Arnold Dona...The Bahamas, 06 oct 2014 – More than 150 people packed the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay for the recent Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s ‘Wind Down,’ its annual mix and mingle for business owners, top executives and civic leaders.
The drawing card – one of America’s most prominent success stories, Arnold W. Donald, President & CEO of Carnival Corp., the massive cruise line company he has steered for less than two years, sailing through challenges to emerge as a $33 billion corporation with nine cruise ship brands and 121,000 employees.
Donald’s visit to The Bahamas, along with other Carnival execs, was arranged by the American Embassy. Donald used the occasion to remind the audience and media of the company’s role as the number one provider of visitors to the country – including 95% of all cruise passengers to Grand Bahama and 65% to Nassau, but he also urged care and attention to costs, security and overall visitor experience. Recognized as one of the top 50 most influential black executivies in America, Donald got his first taste of the cruise business as a passenger as a young man and after heading up numerous other successful businesses and serving on presidential, hospital and university boards, took over the reins of the world’s largest leisure cruise business in June 2013 from Micky Arison who continues as chairman.
Sponsors for the event included Bahamas First, BTC, Callenders, John Bull, NUA and Palm Cay. BTC President Leon Williams, who also addressed the crowd, announced the telecomm company would soon introduce mobile TV.

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