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PM attends dedication of Holland America’s new cruise ship – photos

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar were among special guests at the dedication ceremony of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam cruise ship February 2, 2019. Pictured: Prime Minister Minnis (centre) attends the Dedication with Carnival Corp chairman Mickey Arison (left) and Minister D'Aguilar. (Photos courtesy BIS)

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Monday, February 4, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar were among special guests at the dedication ceremony of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam cruise ship February 2, 2019.

Holland America Line is a division of Carnival Cruise Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company.


Carnival cruise ships call on ports around The Bahamas, including Nassau, Freeport, Princess Cays, Eleuthera and Half Moon Cay.

During the event, Prime Minister Minnis and Minister D’Aguilar spoke with Carnival Cruise Corp executives, including chairman Micky Arison, president and chief executive officer Arnold Donald and Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford.

Minister D’Aguilar also met with Donald following the dedication ceremony to discuss a variety of matters.

On February 4, 2019, Carnival will unveil plans for Freeport’s newest cruise port.

“We are pleased for the opportunity to witness such a special ceremony and get an up close look at one of Carnival’s newest ships,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

“The Bahamas has a strong partnership with the Carnival and we look forward to building on that relationship with new projects that will create jobs and expand economic opportunities for Bahamians.”

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Pictured: Prime Minister and his wife participate in the dedication of Nieuw Statendam cruise ship in Florida February 2, 2019. (BIS Photo/unattributed)

The government is looking to upgrade its digital platform with the help of a loan of $30 million from the Inter-American Development Bank. The House of Assembly approved the resolution earlier this week.

Indications are that the domestic economy maintained its modest pace of growth in December, and was improved overall for 2018, according to The Central Bank of The Bahamas' latest economic report. Output was supported by ongoing gains in tourism, while foreign investment projects continued to fuel construction sector activity.

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