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GBPA preparing Grand Bahamians for ‘unprecedented boost’ in tourism

The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) is preparing Grand Bahamians for an “unprecedented boost” in that island’s tourism sector.

President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Gregory LaRoda said “If you build it, they will come” is no longer true, and that Grand Bahamians have to prepare themselves for the opportunities that lie ahead.

“Success happens when preparation meets an opportunity,” he said in a press statement released yesterday.

The GBPA recently hosted a seminar designed to help business owners “become proactive in their preparations”.

The business owners were trained by Melanie Colpitts, lead coach and trainer of Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence and Tour Guide Training, who gave statistics and research on the tourism market that gave insight on “not only focusing on cruise passengers but also providing knowledge on how to attract and keep overnight guests”.

Colpitts also implored them to focus on “creating entertaining and educational experiences; exceeding expectations; seeking partnerships and alliances; creating authentic, experiential and thematic experiences; and providing competitive pricing with good value”.

Grand Bahama is preparing for the construction of a new cruise port by Carnival Cruise Line, the redevelopment of the existing cruise port and the Grand Lucayan resort complex by Royal Caribbean Cruises and ITM Group.

GBPA President Ian Rolle told attendees that they have to develop the ideas that will make Grand Bahama number one in the region for tourism.

“Today is more than just training, it’s about cultivating and positioning new ideas needed to take the next step,” he said.

The press statement explained that the seminar is the first of many to come.

“This seminar is crucial for young and budding entrepreneurs and people in business who need help with structure, imaging and marketing for their businesses,” said LaRoda.

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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