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PM wants Bahamian tourism-based firms with global reach

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis implored Bahamians to develop tourism products that can span a global market. He insisted that Bahamians have only developed products that satisfy the local market, but insisted that there is untapped potential internationally for Bahamians.

Speaking at the opening of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) Accountants Week, Minnis said while The Bahamas is positioning itself as the technology hub of the region, Bahamians should partner with local and international tech firms, software developers and individuals in the accounting profession, to help them build tourism businesses with a global reach.

Minnis said regionally the tourism industry brings in billions of dollars, and Bahamians should not only involve themselves in creating products for The Bahamas, but begin to expand their reach to the region and then internationally.

According to Minnis, the recent State of Tourism Industry Conference, held at Atlantis resort in October, revealed to him how narrowly focused the region has been in providing services in the tourism industry.

He said there could be much greater Caribbean ownership of the sector, pointing out that thousands of travel agents in the United States and Europe make a living selling The Bahamas and the wider region, while few local citizens benefit greatly from it.

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.
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