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Bahamas celebrates Caribbean Tourism Month – video

This month is designated as Caribbean Tourism Month and an awareness campaign is being run throughout the region. Members of the tourist industry in The Bahamas have organized promotions, competitions and other events to highlight the importance of the nation's number one money earner. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011

November is Caribbean Tourism Month and members of The Bahamas’ tourist industry has organized a series of events designed to highlight the importance of the sector and bring more tourism dollars to the islands.

Caribbean Tourism MonthTourism is the largest industry in The Bahamas and is responsible for around 60 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). In 2010, the country welcomed just over 5 million visitors.

Activities this month will include competitions and promotions; talks in schools and churches about the importance of tourism and events featuring industry leaders.

The theme for the month is ‘”One sea, one voice, one Caribbean” and the group behind the campaign, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, is hoping it will boost tourism revenue to the islands through enhanced promotion of its appeal as a holiday destination.

“The Caribbean is the most tourism dependent region in the world, so increasing the awareness among the citizens of the Caribbean of how important tourism is to their economic livelihood is very important,” said Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.

“Tourism offers a great opportunity for us to begin to add more jobs to this region, even while we are going through this economic stagnation,” he continued.

United States Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has arrived in Nassau ahead of the Second Caribbean-US Security Cooperation Dialogue, which opens in New Providence this morning.

Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue opens in Nassau with leaders renewing commitment to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

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