The 13th annual Exuma Business Outlook, which will take place at Sandals Emerald Bay resort on October 24, will feature several speakers who will talk about the effects Hurricane Dorian had on The Bahamas and its people.
The Counsellors Limited (TCL), organizer of the Business Outlook series, was forced to cancel the Abaco Business Outlook after the storm destroyed Marsh Harbour.
On the Exuma Outlook’s schedule of speakers is Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas John Rolle, who will speak about building a resilient financial sector disaster recovery strategy; and rector of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Reverend Ethan Ferguson, who will focus on reimagination and recovery in the aftermath of Dorian.
The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian on Abaco and Grand Bahama has shifted eyes towards the Exumas, which is also a significant player in the country’s tourism sector.
TCL President Joan Albury said in a press release outlining the Exuma Outlook that Exuma’s challenges will be identified and solutions posed.
“It is important to identify challenges to growth as well,” Albury said.
“This is the pattern with all our Business Outlooks. All the speakers representing Exuma are agreed as to the challenges, with infrastructure problems topping the list.
“These include poor roads hampering overland travel, which makes it particularly difficult for visitors to travel at night to experience tourism products beyond their hotels.”
Director of Aviation Algernon Cargill said the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is hoping to make Exuma’s airport a flight hub for the southern Bahamas in order to reduce the strain on connections at Lynden Pindling International Airport.