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Exuma to host Business Outlook conference

One-day conference on the Family Island to be held next week is expected to address topics such as tourism challenges, economic growth and airlift to the island. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe will be the keynote speaker at the 7th annual Exuma Business Outlook next week, where he is expected to speak about tourism challenges and a long-term strategy for the island’s economic growth.

The one-day conference will take place November 21 at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort and is hosted by the TCL Group.

Joan Albury, TCL Group president, said: “Tourism is the heart of the economy of this subgroup of our archipelago and certainly the largest employer of Exumians. Given the current challenges, especially in the hotel sector, Mr Wilchcombe’s input is eagerly awaited.”

Additional speakers at the event include the recently appointed head of the Exuma Chamber of Commerce Pedro Rolle, president of the Bahamas Hotel Association Stuart Bowe, chief executive officer of Bahamas Telecommunications Co Geoff Houston and president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer’s Confederation Chester Cooper.

The theme of the conference is New Challenges Call for New Paradigms: Identifying a Development Formula for Exuma and it will address the obstacles to increased tourism in Exuma, such as insufficient airlift, challenges facing the hotel sector and the need for a sustainable tourism product.


Industry figures and finance policy makers gathered in Nassau last week for the annual Accountants' Week. The four-day event covered a range of topics including taxation, trade and national economic strategies for recovery.

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation held a three-day National Workshop on marine pollution in Nassau November 13-15. Pictured: Peter Deveaux Isaacs, Transport and Aviation under secretary, addresses the participants of the workshop November 13. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel)

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