Bahamas, June 19th 2017 – Nassau – The new Minnis-administration says that they will be focusing on the country’s heritage tourism potential. Speaking at the recent Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Board of Directors and Membership meeting last Thursday, Prime Minister Minnis said, “Ours is a richly textured culture. Our history, music, food, dance, art, craft and our folkways are distinctly different. We must fully capitalize on our culture and heritage to add a more vibrant visitor experience.” As such, the government’s plans will include restoring and maintaining many of Bahamas’ historic sites; completing The National Museum of the Bahamas; building a Native Food Market to feature local art and facilitating the development of heritage and eco-tours throughout the islands.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said, “A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists alike.” Adding also, “It will provide business opportunities and allow many Bahamians to sell their goods and products. Just as a previous FNM Administration created Fish Fry and a new Straw Market, my Administration will build a Native Food Market Over-the-Hill. Many cities and countries around the world boast native food markets.”
Speaking on the National Museum, Dr. Minnis said, “Cruise ship passengers throughout the world visit museums,” Adding, “Imagine if New Providence can provide more of these experiences?” However, the Prime Minister admitted, “We are nowhere near monetizing the number of cruise ship passengers we have coming to The Bahamas. We can do so through heritage experiences.”
The Clifton Heritage National Park in New Providence, Mount Alvernia in Cat Island, The Columbus Monument in San Salvador and plantation ruins on other Family islands are some of the other historic sites to be named throughout the Bahamas.
Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher