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Ministry of Tourism directing more resources to TDC

The Ministry of Tourism is beginning to direct resources towards the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC), which seeks out investors in the tourism industry while creating linkages between them and Bahamian businesses, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

D’Aguilar said the TDC will be responsible for helping local companies access cruise companies and hotels that might not normally give an audience to a small business owner.

“At the corporate level we are very anxious and excited to engage Bahamian businesses, so that’s what we’re trying to promote,” he said.

“I think we don’t do a good enough job in linking Bahamian businesses to the hotel sector.”

He said these kinds of linkages can eventually help to get more tourism spend to stay within the country.

“We need to get more of the dollar to filter down,” D’Aguilar said.

He added that the TDC will also seek out investment as it relates to bringing more small and large hotel properties to The Bahamas.

D’Aguilar said the TDC also wants to focus on getting as many tour excursions booked in advance as possible, adding that statistics show that 30 to 35 percent of people buy excursions while 60 percent leave the boat having no idea what they want to do. He said the TDC wants to help get excursion providers in front of cruise passengers as they come off the ship.

“So when I come off the boat, I have the ability to stop, take in what’s before me, consider what I’m going to do, and make my purchase,” he said.

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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