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Ministry of Tourism seeking religious tourism upswing

The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) is hoping an upswing in religious tourism – thanks to conferences such as the upcoming International Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Spring Bishop Board Meeting and Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Council 69th Annual Convention – can help with the rebound in the country’s visitor numbers.

Director of Religious Tourism in the MOT Dwight Armbrister, speaking at a press conference announcing the March conference, said The Bahamas is still in rebound mode and can leverage the optics from conferences such as this to attract more like it.

“It’s important for us, as Bahamians, to appreciate all of these conferences that are coming to our shores and to be able to demonstrate our hospitality to these people of influence, and have them come back to our country with their own personal conference,” said Armbrister.

“The Ministry of Tourism stands in that gap where we encourage persons of this caliber that are coming to this particular conference to bring their individual ministries, their board meetings, their retreats and marriage retreats.”

According to the World Tourism Organization, religious tourism attracts 300 million people annually. The Bahamas has seen an increase in the niche market in recent years.

Armbrister insisted that The Bahamas is selling a unique experience to groups in the global religious tourism market and explained at the press conference that those groups have many islands to choose from if they want to hold their events in The Bahamas.

He implored the organizers of the upcoming convention to help the attendees to experience something from each island of The Bahamas.

‘“Give them something from Long Island and Exuma and, of course, Andros,” he said.

“It’s important for us to demonstrate all of our hospitality to them and to encourage them to come back to The Bahamas. From where I stand, we are going to do all we can with the finances available.”

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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