Rolle: RCI’s GB port could attract one million passengers per year
Grand Bahama has $1 billion worth of projects in the pipeline, including Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and ITM Group’s $70 million redevelopment of Grand Bahama’s cruise port, which Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) President Ian Rolle said could bring about one million cruise passengers to Grand Bahama each year.
Rolle, who made the comment during a panel discussion at the Grand Bahama Business Outlook, while laying out some projects slated for Grand Bahama, pointed out the contribution both RCI and Carnival Cruise Line’s new cruise ports could make to the island.
While he highlighted the players behind the cruise port redevelopment – RCI and ITM – he said there is a third player in the port redevelopment deal who will be “disclosed in short order”.
He said with both cruise lines, Grand Bahama could receive two million cruise
passengers per year.
Rolle explained that this number will be a “tremendous benefit in regards to us creating this much needed activity and critical mass”.
“The management team at the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the shareholders, all worked tirelessly to get this deal across the finish line, of course with the government of The Bahamas,” said Rolle.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper, who was the keynote speaker at the Grand Bahama Business Outlook yesterday, said the government will be exploring the expansion of the cruise and stay model for Grand Bahama.
He added that the government will also begin to encourage the creation of small, boutique resorts with Bahamian ownership, as well as encourage tours owned by Bahamians.
“This island boasts a singularly unique tourism product, whose major selling point is its diversity,” said Cooper.
“I urge you to prepare for what is coming. Seek out the Tourism Development Corporation to foster new business and take action so you can earn and grow and draw your family back home to Grand Bahama. Grand Bahama already has all the infrastructure to promote business and entrepreneurship.”