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Bahamas High School Students Exposed to More Career Options in Tourism

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#NASSAU, The Bahamas — March 4, 2020 — High school students enrolled in Hospitality and Tourism studies are learning this week that in addition to the cruise ship and mega resort industries there are career options in Airbnb.

The Ministry of Education in partnership with the Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association and Airbnb launched a tourism education initiative at C. C. Sweeting High School, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Representatives from the various agencies are visiting Anatol Rodgers High School, C. V. Bethel High School and Doris Johnson High School during the period March 3 to March 6 to enlighten students about the diverse opportunities in the tourism sector. The theme for the initiative is ‘Empowering Youth through Travel and Tech’.

 “It is really to let the students know there is something else besides the cruise ship industry and the mega resort industry in The Bahamas. We now have Airbnb which is basically an entrepreneurial type platform where the average citizen can leverage whatever they have; their skills, their home, and earn an income,” said Raquel Turnquest, Acting Education Officer.

“It gives them an opportunity to leverage their own rooms, their houses, villas, rental properties that their families may own. We know they are not eligible to be hosts until the age of 21. They have parents, brothers, sisters who may have a room that they can rent and put on Airbnb.

“All of the students in the Hospitality and Tourism studies programme participate in food preparation. Something as simple as an experience where you teach visitors how to prepare a Bahamian cuisine is something that all of the students can access,” she added.

Keyshan Bastian, Assistant Director of Education, Career and Technical Division, urged the students to embrace the opportunities.

“Remember that you are the leaders of tomorrow. Everything that will be presented to you today, you can do on some platform or the other tomorrow. The career that you are preparing for does not yet exist, you have to create opportunities for yourselves,” said Mrs. Bastian.

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“They [Airbnb] are not here for free. Learn all you can, glean all you can and make the connection. Brand yourself in such a way that when they leave here, they want to come back to Cobra nation to find you.

“Believe in your product. Everybody will not qualify to accept your product. Leave here empowered to go out and change hospitality and tourism for The Bahamas for what we know today to what it should be tomorrow,” said Mrs. Bastian.

In 2017, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Airbnb signed a Memorandum of Understanding to regularize vacation home rentals and enhance promotion of this tourism sector. 

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The Bahamas major moves towards Space Tourism

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Rashaed Esson 

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#TheBahamas, February 22, 2024 – Exciting, groundbreaking developments are coming for The Bahamas’ tourism product, as tourists will soon be able to view rocket landings according to the government on Tuesday February 20th, 2024, introducing Space Tourism to the archipelago, making it the only destination of its kind globally.

The government informed this is due to the negotiation and execution of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Space Exploration Technologies (Space X).

Space X, headquartered in Hawthorne, is an American spacecraft manufacturer, launch service provider, defense contractor and satellite communications company.

Visitors will be able to witness the rocket landings directly from their cruise ships, resorts and different tourist hotspots throughout The Bahamas.

For the landings, reports inform that Space X is finishing up on designs which includes one of the company’s autonomous droneships being the landing station for the rockets, Falcon 9s.

The site will be located east of the Exumas.

The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, says this is a strategic partnership which will anchor The Bahamas “as a key player in the emerging space tourism industry.”

In continuation, the Ministry also revealed that more exciting developments are coming, that is the creation of an exhibit disabling space travel related hardware and a SpaceX spacesuit.

This will be the only other exhibit outside the US which the ministry expressed will attract many tourists and Bahamian citizens.

Chester Cooper, Tourism, Investments and Aviation Minister, is featured in reports showing great appreciation for working with Space X.

“We are honoured to work with SpaceX to enable their Falcon 9 rockets to safely land on an autonomous droneship within Bahamian waters, helping to continue their rocket reusability efforts,” he maintained.

Additionally, the government, according to Cooper, is prepared to grab at the opportunities that will be presented with these developments such as for economic growth, job creation and education enhancement.

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Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

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NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador

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#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”

 

 

 

 

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