When I think of the fish fry at Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay, these are our cultural markets that we have failed for decades to develop organically as entertainment and tourism products. What better places to give millions of our visitors a cultural experience to enjoy true Bahamian food and music.
Best of all, these cultural markets are where our visitors can mingle with Bahamians. Having traveled to Asian and European countries, it is usually these cultural markets that are must-sees. Usually, once or twice a week, whole streets are turned pedestrian-only during certain hours to allow visitors to intimately explore the markets.
Some of them I truly enjoyed but I was able to have an authentic experience at each of them. Not only would thousands of cruise visitors love to experience our culture, but it would give Bahamians and residents an opportunity to enjoy themselves.
These markets can provide an economic boost to food vendors, craft vendors and entertainers. What better way to diversify our tourism product than inspiring hundreds of local entrepreneurs. Why is it that our governments create safe environments in hotels owned by foreigners so that cruise visitors can be fed and entertained, when local cultural markets are currently being blacklisted?
What better way to retain more of our tourist money than for it to be spent at these local cultural markers? These are low-hanging fruit for this new administration to create more valuable and diversified products. Create a secure and beautiful environment where our visitors and locals can come together and enjoy. The fish fry at Arawak cay and Potter’s Cay can be easily converted to these cultural markets.