#TheBahamas, April 28, 2022 – The Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) senior officials look to increase cruise tourism business during Seatrade, one of the biggest annual cruise conferences in the world. Under the theme “Resilience”, Seatrade features some 500 exhibitors and over 100 countries.
Organized by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the forum promotes and facilitates dialogue between cruise experts and decision makers with a focus on Cruise development, ports of call, safety and security and guest vacation experiences.
This year, The Bahamas’ showcase will include Invest Grand Bahama, the investment arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority. “Cruise tourism is very important to tourism product and has a significant impact on our economy, said the Acting Director General of Tourism, Latia Duncombe, and attending Seatrade, provides us the opportunity to strengthen our long-standing ties with Cruise partners”.
She shared that the main objective of attendance will be to garner support for Bahamian entrepreneurs, including Bahamian craft vendors who produce authentic products and, to secure the engagement of cruise lines with new Bahamian tours for passengers to visit historic sites and facilities.
“We will also focus discussions on expanding the number of cruise ships calling on Grand Bahama, and seek to attract increased disembarkation of passengers and crew at Nassau, the largest population centre, so as to increase visitor spend on the island.
For Nassau, however, we are envisioning increased disembarkation around the renaissance of Bay Street and redevelopment of the Nassau Port,” added Duncombe.
In 2019, the last full year of tourist travel before the pandemic, The Bahamas welcomed 5.43 million cruise visitors whose spend injected $125 million into the economy. According to FCCA data, between 2017 and 2018, Bahamas cruise tourism expenditure pegged shy of half a billion dollars, and created direct and indirect Bahamian employment, more specifically, just under 15,000 jobs. Additionally, cruise tourism expenditures generated a total employment contribution of over $250 million in wages.
Prior to Seatrade, the Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister, BMOTIA, met with cruise industry top executives to discuss crucial operational issues and pave the way for future cruise business in The Bahamas. Leading the Seatrade delegation are Latia Duncombe, Acting Director General, and Dr. Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General and Director of Aviation.
Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination
#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.
Regional Soldiers head to Jamaica to train for pending Haiti mission
#Haiti#KenyaMultinationalForce#CARICOM, February 22nd, 2024 – About 150 Bahamian soldiers are heading to Jamaica within the next one or two weeks for a joint training with Jamaican soldiers, in preparation for the pending Kenya led multinational force mission to Haiti according to Bahamian Defense Chief Commodore, Raymond King, in reports. Soldiers and security forces from Chile and Argentina will also travel to Jamaica for the training.
King informs that Kenya and Haiti are in the process of signing off on an agreement to allow Kenya to lead the force into Haiti, following advice from Kenya’s High Court which recently deemed Kenya’s decision to deploy police officers to the gang run nation as unconstitutional. This agreement includes a formal request for assistance from Haiti, allowing Kenya to legally intervene on the ground.
Major plans for The Bahamas announced Davis
#Bahamas#Development,February 22nd, 2024 – “Things are changing in The Bahamas,” were the words of Prime Minister Philip Davis as he outlined some of the Government’s plans to improve the nation through a decrease in the cost of living, enhanced security for Bahamians and the expansion of access to opportunities. Davis, who was presenting on February 21st, the Bahamas Mid-Year Review of the fiscal performance for the fiscal year 2023/2024, highlighted a long list of plans for the archipelago.
Here’s the full list stated in Davis’ address :
- A new energy policy and an expansion of renewable energy, including microgrids, and an emphasis on engaging local Bahamian firms and building local professional capacity;
- An expansion of Bahamian ownership in our economy, including support for entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, and an expansion of affordable housing –with hundreds of families moving into new homes by this summer;
- A modern and award-winning specialized tourism product, with new investments across our archipelago, and major visibility and branding campaigns in New York, Florida, and the UK;
- Progress on redeveloping downtown Nassau, long overdue;
- New commitments to education, including a Parental Engagement Unit; more teacher training, modernizing the curriculum, classroom enhancements, improving school attendance, and using the Renaissance testing results to design individualized support for students;
- An expansion of technical and vocational training, including certification at the high school level;
- An Empower Grand Bahama micro-grant programme for entrepreneurs; $1.5 billion in investments for Grand Bahama in the pipeline; the Beautiful Grand Bahama programme, in which collaboration has led to safer communities; and Collab Grand Bahama, which fosters partnerships between the government and the private sector to bring change and progress to Grand Bahama;
- Major upgrades to our health infrastructure;
- More support for our athletes and sports programmes;
- We’re on track to pave 65 miles of road in New Providence alone this year;
- Investments in NIB to improve fairness and efficiency;
- A National School Breakfast pilot programme, which is already giving thousands of our children breakfast in their primary schools, and is ready to expand;
- New classes, camps, lessons, and programmes at our Urban Renewal Centres;
- A Youth Guard to strengthen our capacity during national emergencies, and give more young Bahamians a path forward;
- A Task Force addressing unregulated shantytowns in New Providence and Abaco, with other islands to follow;
- The selection and training of new immigration officers;
- Saturation patrols and new investments and collaboration in crime prevention;
- A juvenile detention facility;
- A cadre of officers trained to recognize and manage psychiatric issues;
- Stronger partnerships and new patrol vessels to secure our nation’s borders;
- Major new investments across our Family Islands, including new airports, and road paving in Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Abaco, Long Island; Great Harbour Cay, and Crooked Island;
- The development of our nation’s blue carbon credits strategy; and
- A major investment in agriculture and national food security.
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