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D’Aguilar: Bahamas must reduce bureaucracy surrounding tourism project approvals

In 2020, The Bahamas must figure out how to “burst through the bureaucracy” involved in project approvals as quickly as possible, especially on the Hurricane Dorian-affected islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar told Guardian Business yesterday.

D’Aguilar explained that one of his top priorities for this new year is to put the memory of Hurricane Dorian out of the minds of the traveling public as much as possible.

“First thing I want to do in the aftermath of Dorian, I want to as quickly as possible put that memory out of people’s minds. As fast as the government thinks it’s moving, it is never moving fast enough for the people affected by the storm,” he said.

D’Aguilar contended that if the country can continue to be successful in the area of tourism, “the more economically impactful the sector will be in the lives of Bahamians”.

“We have to improve the speed at which we process the applications for large tourism projects in order to impact our people as quickly as possible,” he said.

“Certainly after Dorian, on those impacted islands we have to be very focused on getting projects approved and up and running, in order to reduce the time that these projects start to impact people’s lives.

“Obviously we would like to continue to build on the inward investment. The tourism sector is quite strong, but you will not be able to grow or impact the lives of Bahamians unless you continue to grow the hotel sector.”

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Chester Robards

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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