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Bahamas attends regional tourism conference

The 2017 State of the Tourism Industry Conference officially opened yesterday at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grand Anse, Grenada. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Caribbean Tourism OrganizationThe 2017 State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) officially opened 10 October at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grand Anse, Grenada.

Delegates from member countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will be attending the event.

Earlier in the day, Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, spoke at a media briefing highlighting the growth in that country’s tourism industry and also some of the challenges being faced. The growth, she said, was largely attributed to opening of the Baha Mar resort on Cable Beach. She also noted an increase in airlift to The Bahamas, independently initiated by carriers.

This year’s conference is being organised by the CTO in collaboration with the Grenada Tourism Authority and Grenada’s ministry of tourism, and will be held from 10-13 October.

Key conference sessions include Infusing Dynamism in Caribbean Tourism, Who are the New Explorers, Business Models that Rock, Turning Our Waters Into Goldmines – Investing in the Blue Economy, and Spicing Up the Caribbean Brand.

The tourism youth congress and a Stakeholders Speak Out session are also part of the programme.

Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board has launched an awareness campaign about marketing initiatives to promote its members’ services. Watch a ZNS Network news segment about the project here.

Speaking at an event organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguillar has urged entrepreneurs and small businesses to get involved in the tourism sector to boost growth. Watch an interview with the Minister here.

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