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Tourism Minister heads delegation to Singapore

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe will head a delegation of government and private sector officials to the International Association of Gaming Advisors summit in Singapore, October 23-25. 

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Friday, October 19, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe will head a delegation of government and private sector officials to the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) summit in Singapore, October 23-25.

Beginning today, a separate delegation will hold a series of meetings in Malaysia, hosted by the Genting Group.

“The purpose of the trip is for government officials to explore investment opportunities in The Bahamas in the tourism, industrial, financial services, and shipping sectors, and trade,” said a Ministry of Tourism spokesperson.


“Also, it seeks to encourage the growing presence of Asian businesses in The Bahamas and to foster closer diplomatic ties with countries such as China, Malaysia and Singapore.”

A spokesman for IAGA described the gaming advisors meeting as “the industry’s premier summit, bringing together leaders of the gaming industry from all sectors–operators, suppliers, attorneys, investors, bankers, regulators, and other advisors.”

“The summit gives attendees access to network, share ideas and initiate improvements, which can make gaming stronger and more efficient for all participants.”

The Bahamian private sector delegation to the summit includes a six-member team from Baha Mar and Atlantis.

The Bahamian government delegation includes Wilchcombe; Marcian Cooper, minister’s aide; Damian Gomez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs; Andre Rollins, chairman, Gaming Board; Patricia Rodgers, permanent secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Alva Coakley, legal counsel, Ministry of Tourism; Camille Johnson, permanent secretary, Ministry of the Environment & Housing; Sir Baltron Bethel, senior policy advisor, Office of the Prime Minister/tourism development consultant, Ministry of Tourism; Senator Julian Russell, chairman Hotel Corp; Kendred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment & Housing; Dennis Martin, secretary, Gaming Board; Kayla Ward, director, Special Projects Office of the Prime Minister/Ministry of Tourism.

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