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BAHAMAS: Cacique International Wins Top Meetings & Event Industry Award

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#Nassau, February 5, 2019 – Bahamas – Cacique International Limited (Cacique International) announced today that it recently won a prestigious 2018 Stella Award from Northstar Meetings Group.  The Cacique team was awarded the “Best DMC – International and U.S. Territories” Award in the second year of the program.  The Stella Awards, which is one of the leading international recognition programs in the meetings and events industry, honors excellence among suppliers from around the world.  Winners are acknowledged for consistently providing the highest quality of service and innovation to meeting and event professionals.

After nominations closed in April 2018, finalists in each category were determined by meeting planners during an open voting period in which nearly 10,000 unique votes were tallied.  Winners were then selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.

Shawn M. Sawyer, President and Creative Director of Cacique International, expressed his delight at winning the award.  “Being recognized among the best in the world at what we do is truly an honor.  ‘Just Imagine’ is more than a tagline to us – it’s a daily reminder to push the boundaries of creativity and service.  Receiving a Stella Award is testament to what we do.  The fact that thousands of our peers around the globe voted to help us win is the highest form of validation.  I’m very proud of our team for constantly going the extra mile to deliver a product which goes beyond the client’s imagination.”

“A Stella Award is the finest symbol of excellence for suppliers in the meetings industry,” said Lori Cioffi, senior vice president and chief content director for the Northstar Meetings Group.  “Meeting planning is a methodical process, and attention to detail is a critical factor for success.  We’ve brought that ethic to the Stella Awards.  It’s a competitive, year-long nomination and evaluation process to identify and honor outstanding companies in our field.  This year’s winners are a stellar class.”

Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar also lauded Cacique International for its success.

“This award for Cacique International demonstrates the caliber of excellence that the company has been known for over the last 20 years.  It shows that Cacique has continuously provided stellar service to The Islands of The Bahamas and we could not be more proud.  We salute you and look forward to your quality service for many years to come.”

 

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About Cacique International Limited

CACIQUE INTERNATIONAL Limited is the first and leading destination management company (DMC) in the Bahamas.  Established in 1997, Cacique has a twenty-year legacy of creating definitive experiences for clients around the world. The company continues to enhance its reputation as the most trusted and creative DMC partner in the Bahamas, renowned for transforming meetings, incentive programs, conventions and corporate events into unforgettable experiences. Learn more at www.caciqueinternational.com

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PUSHING BOUNDARIES OF DESTINATION MANAGEMENT FOR 20+ YEARS: The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation (right), congratulates Shawn Sawyer, President & Creative Director of Cacique International, on winning a 2018 Stella Award for Best International Destination Management Company (DMC). The Stella Awards honours excellence and innovation among meeting and event professionals from around the world. Cacique International recently celebrated 21 years as The Bahamas premier DMC.

 

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For more information, please contact Maya Nottage, Director of Communications or David Lee, Partner & Creative Director, Blue Orchid Advertising at (242) 323-3322 or by email at maya@blueorchid.tv or david@blueorchid.tv.

 

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Brave presentation in defence of Bahamas’ financial services reputation by PM Davis

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TheBahamas, October 1, 2022 – Prime Minister of the Bahamas Phillip ‘Brave’ Davis is again calling for equality in the financial services sector and for the United Nations to leverage its universal jurisdiction for greater oversight of global anti-money laundering de-risking and tax cooperation matters.

In addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, September 24, Prime Minister Davis said the Bahamas is one of the best-regulated countries in the world, yet it has been under attack by international bodies and placed on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) blacklist while transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

He questioned why this was the case and highlighted some disparities in the financial sector.

“Why is it that European states that operate frameworks akin to that of high-risk or blacklisted countries, are not even eligible for inclusion on these lists? Why are all the countries targeted – all of them – small and vulnerable, and former colonies of European states? We find it astounding that the $2-$3 trillion dollars which is estimated to be laundered each year through the developed countries, are never flagged as causes for concern,” articulated Phillip Davis, addressing the 77th session in New York.

Prime Minister Davis further noted that there are elements of racism in the decision-making when it comes to regulating black-governed countries in the financial services sector. He also declared that black-governed countries matter as well.

And yet my country, which is widely recognized as one of the best-regulated countries in the world, and other countries like The Bahamas, are singled-out for such reputational attacks? The robust regulatory regimes of our Central Bank, Securities Commission, and Insurance Commission, are chastised on minor details of technical process, while much bigger transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

The evidence is mounting, that the considerations behind these decisions have less to do with compliance, and more to do with darker issues of pre-judged, discriminatory perceptions. Black-governed countries also matter.”

 Davis also highlighted the need for reforms that apply to all in the global financial system.

“Mr. President: We support the call for reforms in the global financial system to make it more relevant to the needs of today. But those reforms need ambition. They need to go beyond the incremental. And they need to apply to all. For example, the community of international financial institutions are in a position to forgive the debt incurred by the economic shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. They should do so.”

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Statement to Update on the Sale of the Grand Lucayan

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“Deal progressing toward closure”

 

#GrandBahama, The Bahamas, October 1, 2022 – The Board of Lucayan Renewal Holdings Limited (LRHL) advises that negotiations toward a successful deal on the Grand Lucayan Resort continue to progress satisfactorily. It was announced in the first week of August in a joint statement with Electra America Hospitality Group that the due diligence period was extended by 45 days to September 15.

By virtue of this, the final closing date was also extended to November 15, 2022. We note that the recent seven-day extension did not impact the agreed November closing date. We anticipate that the sales process will be completed consistent with our revised timelines. The Board of LRHL remains committed to ensuring that a credible plan and shared vision for the resort is realized – a plan that will provide jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities and strengthen Grand Bahama’s economy.

We remain on track for a successful purchase and signing of a Heads of Agreement, in the best interest of the people of Grand Bahama.

There are matters connected to the transaction that are still being negotiated; we look forward to briefing the public as soon as negotiations are concluded.

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MASK AND COVID TESTING MANDATES END FOR THE BAHAMAS

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, October 1, 2022 – The Bahamas is looking ahead to another roll back on restrictions as the precautions set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic fade away.  October 1 ends the mandate for face masks in The Bahamas; it’s another policy being recalled as the world embraces a new normal, where face coverings are optional.

In a snap measure, the minister of health for the Bahamas, Michael Darville also this month ended the COVID 19 testing entry requirement for the unvaccinated.  It makes The Bahamas, as a leading tourism destination, more affordable and more accessible as evidence supports that it does not also mean a spike in Covid cases.

Prime Minister Phillip Davis announced that the mask mandate change from New York, following his appearance at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and while attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  However, it is not masks off for everyone:  medical facilities, aged care centers and schools will keep the rule.

The decision was met with applause by President of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union, Darrin Woods who said this move will undoubtedly improve tourism numbers and contribute to the nation’s economic recovery.

Additionally, President of The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, Robert Sands, said the time for mask mandate and Covid-19 testing for unvaccinated travellers had long passed. He believes that removing this protocol will level the playing field since other rivals in the tourism industry have already done so.

Already, long stay guests to The Bahamas were exempt from mask wearing on hotel properties.

At this point, some 173,000 Bahamas residents have been fully vaccinated and in the September 26 health report; three patients were in intensive care from the virus of the 132 active and only one new case had been recorded in Nassau.

 

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