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June 28, 2011
'Straight Up!' By popular demand is doing One Last Jam - Sabor

Freeport, Bahamas - By popular demand, Straight Up is doing One last Jam! They will be performing at Sabor Restaurant & Bar on
Wednesday, June 29th from 8:30pm - Midnight. Come on out and enjoy great music, delicious eats and cocktails galore! Actually, you should make an evening of it and plan to have dinner from Sabor's innovative fusion menu where you can always expect gourmet meals with an emphasis on taste and flavor.

o Straight Up is a 6 piece band who's repertoire covers all styles of music from Bob Marley to Jimmy Hendrix, from Fleetwood Mac to Bonjovi, from The Beatles to Melissa Ethridge from Led Zeppelin to The Comodores from Steppin Wolf to The Doobie Brothers to The Pointer Sisters and lots more including a dash of calypso.

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June 27, 2011
Caribbean Film Company Lands Major Distribution Deal

NEW YORK - Following the first Caribbean Tales New York Film Showcase in New York, a Caribbean company has moved to announce a major deal with a veteran New York-based distributor to promote Caribbean culture to global audiences.

Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of the Barbados-based CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), explained
that its new partnership with New York's Third World Newsreel (TWN) links the region's premier sales and distribution company for Caribbean films with a seasoned educational distributor in a deal which will allow both companies to distribute each other's Caribbean-themed content across their respective networks.

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May 07, 2012
On The Mis-education of the Bahamian citizen

Dear Editor,

One of the reasons I have been unmoved by any of the current political parties' manifestos, mandates or agendas, is that I have the pleasure of teaching new groups of young Bahamians every year.

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May 30, 2012
Boyer-Cartwright: Make aircraft registry a priority

A top attorney specializing in aviation law is appealing to the new administration to keep the formation of an aircraft registry on the agenda.
Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright, a senior associate with Callenders & Co., recently attended a seminar in Washington D.C. entitled, International Aircraft Financing and Leasing. He met with a committee member of the Cape Town Convention, the international accord that creates rules and regulations for international registries.
"I found it very informative. He felt we would be crazy not to establish an aircraft registry. In today's global economy, we have to be innovative and proactive and think of ways of generating income," explained Boyer-Cartwright, who recently became the first Bahamian to be admitted to the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association.
"If we can get a registry here, it opens up all kinds of business opportunities."
The top attorney said he remains unsure as to whether the new government considers an aircraft registry a priority. The previous Free National Movement administration, he added, was "fully on board and well versed" on the subject.
Creating an aircraft registry could attract a number of offshore companies, both private and public, and provide employment opportunities for Bahamians. In essence, the establishment of a registry adds yet another layer of convenience for prominent companies and individuals with considerable interests in the country. Aircraft leasing, purchasing, offshore maintenance facilities and lending from financial institutions are all important spin-off opportunities.
Back in February, Raymond Bassett, the Irish ambassador to The Bahamas, Canada and Jamaica, visited The Bahamas and threw his weight behind the concept.
Ireland has one of the largest flight registries in the world.
"What individuals want is a one-stop shop," said the ambassador.
"There are many things corporations or high-net-worth individuals want to register and a flight registry would allow them to do it all in one jurisdiction. It's part of the package of an aviation industry, not to mention a financial services industry."
While an aircraft registry is uncertain, Boyer-Cartwright nevertheless applauded the intention of the new government to bring in a civil aviation authority. The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) made the announcement during the Speech from the Throne last week.
"The problem we have right now with the authority is they are policing themselves," Boyer-Cartwright told Guardian Business. "So I am very much in favor of that. I would be more than happy to join one of the boards. Certainly what is really important here are standards."
By bolstering the country's reputation as an aviation center, the senior associate at Callenders & Co. explained that the move should translate into more business down the road.
"It comes down to safety, which comes down to reputation. You build upon that. I would say that's the immediate impact," he added.
Randy Butler, CEO of SkyBahamas, told Guardian Business that a true commitment to creating a civil aviation authority should mean its establishment within six months.
He said the resources, money and human capital exist to make it happen, and it simply requires the will and coordination.
"The biggest thing is we have to have the proper people in place," said Butler.
"We have some great minds already in the aviation sector and if we need to bring individuals from other countries to assist with training in this area, then we should do that. There are some people that have retired early that can be brought back and contribute to the plans of the government."

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May 03, 2012
Kristal Ambrose Embarks On Expedition for Researching Plastic Waste in the Oceans

Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas

--Over
the course of three days in early February, 5 Gyres scientist Dr.
Marcus Eriksen hosted a conference at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI)
for educators on the impact of marine plastic pollution.
Dr. Eriksen gave presentations detailing voyages to these gyres to
study their makeup and movement. His passion inspired Kristal Ambrose
Aquaponics intern at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, into action.
Motivated by the dilemma of plastic marine debris in the local waters of
the Exuma sound and oceans around the world, Kristal pursued an
opportunity of a lifetime.

The
CEI aquaponics intern decided she wanted to accompany him on one of his
voyages. Following a series of fortunate events Ambrose got her chance.
Thanks to efforts on her part to secure funding and support from Chris
and Pam Maxey...

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September 10, 2011
US Embassy marks the 10th anniversary of September 11th with two community service projects

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Ten years ago on September 11, nearly 3,000 people from more than 90 nations perished in a terrorist attack targeting the United States.  U.S. President Obama took inspiration from the victims and survivors of this tragic event by establishing September 11 as a National Day of Service.  Last year, 11.5 million people -- including the president and First Lady Michelle Obama -- participated in the day of service, helping charitable organizations and community groups throughout the United States.   
In response to U.S. President Barack Obama's call to service, U.S. Embassy Nassau marked the anniversary of September 11th with two community service projects on New Providence.  On the morning of September 9th, The U.S. Embassy's Chargè d'affaires, Mr. John Dinkelman, visited the G.K. Symonette Library to donate a collection of over 400 new Scholastic books for young readers as well as bookshelves, a rug, brightly colored pillows and a large nursery rhyme mural to brighten up the children's corner.  
The donation was a way for the U.S. Embassy to give back to the community of Yellow Elder Gardens by creating a bright, vibrant space where children can explore the world through reading.  On hand for the donation were second graders from C.W. Sawyer Primary School and Ms. Dorcas Bower from the Ministry of Education.

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April 25, 2014
A tale of three blunders

On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell announced that he sent a diplomatic note to the governments of Malaysia, China and the United States distancing the government from certain remarks by Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Speaking to the press, Minnis had likened the Christie administration to the lost Malaysia Airlines flight 370.
Mitchell said: "The government is concerned that without further clarification there may be some confusion, that the loss of the plane and the lives therein is seen in a cavalier and insensitive fashion by our government."
While the FNM leader's remark was clearly off color and in poor taste, Mitchell seems to be knocking down a straw man that is of his own making.
Minnis is the leader of the official opposition and therefore technically part of the government under our Westminster system. However, it seems highly unlikely that Chinese, Malaysian or American citizens were in any danger of confusing his comment with the official position of The Bahamas.
With the tragedy still raw, it is equally far-fetched to imagine that a bad throwaway metaphor by an opposition politician in a tiny island nation would feature prominently among the concerns of the victims' relatives.
Mitchell portrayed the note as an effort to soothe any potential fallout. However, by highlighting the matter to the governments of three affected nations - who until then, were probably unaware of the comment - he likely did more to inflame the situation than Minnis ever could.
Sometimes the best plan of action is to do nothing. The minister of foreign affairs presumably understands this, hence the lack of a diplomatic note when his PLP colleague, Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller, made a comment loaded with far more potential harm for The Bahamas.
In February, Miller launched an extensive comparison between the FNM and a beaten woman, during which he offered the following: "That's like beating your wife or your girlfriend every time you go home. You just beat her for looking at her. I love ya. Boom, boom, boom. I had a girlfriend like that. When I didn't beat her she used to tell me I ain't love her no more cause I don't hit her."
When it was suggested he was joking, Miller twice insisted that he was serious. It took widespread condemnation before he came back, said he was joking and apologized.
Unlike Minnis, Leslie Miller is a member of the governing party. Unlike the FNM leader, he was speaking in an official capacity, as part of the budget debate in the House of Assembly. Unlike the flight 370 comparison, his comment stands a good chance of being picked up by local and international women's rights groups, who troll the Internet for examples of institutionalized misogyny which they can use to further their cause.
Mitchell decided to keep silent and avoid dragging the Miller episode through the headlines yet again, where it might have snagged some international detractors.
For some reason, he was far less hesitant to embarrass The Bahamas when it came to the Minnis episode.

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May 29, 2012
National Culinary Team on display tonight at Blu

Members of the National Culinary Team have been selected and practicing for several weeks for the Taste of the Caribbean regional competition later in June in Miami. Meanwhile, the team will display their culinary skills at two upcoming public events starting with 'Sunset Tapas on the Bay' set for Tuesday, May 29 at Blu Restaurant and Lounge on Elizabeth and Bay.
According to team manager Executive Chef Devin Johnson, the team will showcase an assortment of tapas menu items at the reception which will be a blend of locally infused international works of culinary art.
"I believe the public will delight in both the creativity and taste of what the team is putting together," states Chef Johnson. "Mixing indigenous foods with traditional appetizers helps to hone our chef's skills. At the Taste of the Caribbean competition the judges will look for an infusion of international and local flair."
Tuesday's event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. "With the backdrop of cruise ships berthed in Nassau Harbour, against the sounds of live Bahamian music, and the team's unique tapas selection and beverage offerings, this is a great opportunity for people to unwind from a busy day while showing their support for our up-and-coming young chefs," according to Bahamas Hotel Association President Stuart Bowe.
The tapas selection will include: cracked conch sushi; jerk chicken tartlets with guava BBQ sauce; Bahamian crawfish spring rolls with Asian dipping sauce; vegetable spring rolls; homemade combined veal, pork and beef meatballs with fresh sage and a tomato basil fondue; an asparagus, wild mushroom and roasted pepper pinwheel; and watermelon, papaya, cucumber and goat pepper gelee.
"The team has been practicing for six weeks and every week we see improvement," states Chef Johnson. "They've been working on techniques, beginning to gel more, and everyone knows their role. In the coming weeks it will come down to execution. That's why the tapas event at Blu and an upcoming team dinner at Atlantis on June 12 are so important."
The competition is sponsored by the Bahamas Hotel Association, the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Culinary Association with support from team member hotels and restaurants and corporate sponsors Bahamas Food Services and Bristol Wines and Spirits. Blu and Atlantis are also assisting with hosting the team's two showcase events.
This year's team is comprised of: Team Manager Chef Devin Johnson from the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort; Team Captain Chef Jamal Small from Blu Restaurant; Chef Mychal Harris from Atlantis; Junior Chef Kevyn Pratt from One&Only Ocean Club; Chef Charron McKenzie and Pastry Chef Wenzil Rolle from the Lyford Cay Club; Chef Shanique Bodie from the Old Fort Bay Club; Bartender Gerard Knowles from the British Colonial Hilton; and Dwayne Sinclair, the National Young Chef from Temple Christian High School.
Over 14 Caribbean culinary teams will be vying for the culinary honors next month.
For additional information or tickets contact the BHA at 322-8381 or the Ministry of Tourism at 328-7810. Tickets will be available that evening at the door.

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Tropical Storm Fay - About To Hit The Keys
August 18, 2008
Tropical Storm Fay - About To Hit The Keys

Key West stores were shuttered and crews cleared sidewalks in some areas of newspaper boxes that could become airborne in high winds as Tropical Storm Fay headed for Florida after claiming as many as 35 lives in the Caribbean.

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Gulf oil test, bill passage give Obama a day to savor
July 16, 2010
Gulf oil test, bill passage give Obama a day to savor

Thursday was, arguably, the best day of Barack Obama's presidency in many, many months.

For the first time in more than 12 weeks, oil stopped gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. And in a less-than-dramatic ending, the U.S. Senate gave final passage to Wall Street reform that had been proclaimed dead more times than health-care legislation.

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April 22, 2014
Ruth Millar to head telecoms liberalization committee

The government has appointed a committee headed by former Financial Secretary Ruth Millar to assist in the process of liberalizing the telecommunications sector, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is the country's only mobile phone service provider.
Its monopoly ended this month.
"The government has embarked now on the process of liberalization, meaning now there will be another company coming in to The Bahamas, in addition to BTC," said Christie at a ceremony at the Mayaguana airport to mark the return of Bahamasair flights to that island.
"Competition will mean better services, cheaper services . . .where Bahamians will be given a choice. We are on the path for that now.
"I've put a timeline on the process. I'm going to be talking more about it later, but the fact of the matter is it is now in progress, and it's a committee that the government has agreed [to], headed by Mrs. Ruth Millar, the former financial secretary, and with different persons who would be making up that committee from the public and private sector."
Christie did not give details on the liberalization process during his speech.
When asked by The Nassau Guardian for more information he promised to hold a press conference soon to provide more details.
Earlier this month, regional telecommunications provider, Digicel, said it hoped the government would "imminently make an announcement outlining the process" by which the liberalization of the cellular market would occur in the "shortest possible timeframe".
Antonia Graham, Digicel's head of group public relations, previously said the company welcomes the liberalization process and wants The Bahamas to "enjoy the benefits of competition".
The Ingraham administration sold 51 percent of BTC to Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) in April 2011. A condition of that sale was a three year extended monopoly on cellular services.
According to the sale terms, a second cellular service provider can now enter the market.

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May 03, 2012
Kristal Ambrose Embarks On Expedition To Researching Plastic Waste In the Oceans

Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas

--Over
the course of three days in early February, 5 Gyres scientist Dr.
Marcus Eriksen hosted a conference at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI)
for educators on the impact of marine plastic pollution.
Dr. Eriksen gave presentations detailing voyages to these gyres to
study their makeup and movement. His passion inspired Kristal Ambrose
Aquaponics intern at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, into action.
Motivated by the dilemma of plastic marine debris in the local waters of
the Exuma sound and oceans around the world, Kristal pursued an
opportunity of a lifetime.
The
CEI aquaponics intern decided she wanted to accompany him on one of his
voyages. Following a series of fortunate events Ambrose got her chance.
Thanks to efforts on her part to secure funding and support from Chris
and Pam Maxey...

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May 04, 2012
Miss Grand Bahama Top Model Talent Competition: May 4th

Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant's Top Model & Talent Competition will be on May 4, 2012 at 8pm at Island Sea Resort. Please come out and support these lovely young ladies, of which one will wear the crown and represent her island and country.

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When insensitivity masquerades as wit
April 22, 2014
When insensitivity masquerades as wit

Dr. Hubert Minnis celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday at Gambier Primary with students. It made a nice photo op to see the leader of the opposition and Free National Movement (FNM) interacting with the children of his constituency...

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June 19, 2011
Barack Obama on Taking the time to be a dad

I grew up without a father around. I was lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful mother who, like so many heroic single mothers, never allowed my father's absence to be an excuse for me to slack off or not always do my best. But I often wonder what it would have been like if my father had a greater presence in my life.

So as a father of two young girls, I've tried hard to be a good dad. I haven't always been perfect - there have been times when work kept me away from my family too often, and most of the parenting duties fell to Michelle.

I know many other fathers face similar challenges. Whether you're a military dad returning from deployment or a father doing his best to make ends meet for his family in a tough economy, being a parent isn't easy...

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May 03, 2012
Vernetta Stubbs affectionately called But, 48

Vernetta Stubbs affectionately called "But" age 48 years of Dumfries, Cat Island died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Saturday April 28th 2012.
 
She is survived by her father: Ruben Stubbs, son: Rico Stubbs; daughter: Kenrica Stubbs; step father: James Adderley; 8 sisters: Bethsheba Adderley, Brendalee Gray, Valderine Rolle, Judy McQueen, Fredricka Minnis, Rosetta Duncombe, Martha Johnson, and Barbara Stubbs; 3 brothers: Jerome, Caleb and Alfred Stubbs; special friend: Simeon Farrington; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.

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May 01, 2012
(Video) US president Barack Obama pledges to end war in Afghanistan

President Obama speaks to tro

ops during an unannounced trip to
Afghanistan where he signed a strategic partnership agreement with
President Hamid Karzai that marks the beginning of the end of the war
there.

This video is an address to the nation on the future of the NATO mission in the region after a decade of war.

Obama tells the troops that he had just signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan.

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April 24, 2014
Allow the resurrected Christ to be the leader

He leadeth me beside the still waters. - Psalms 23:2.
Indeed it is that time of the year when we reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ! But to me, we treat it like the dawning of a new year when we are offering congratulations and salutations, and, within days, no one is offering peace, love and prosperity for the coming days, weeks and months. It is like a passing fancy.
So with our text today, I am grateful for the cross, the tomb and his ascension and the difference Jesus made in my life and yours. He is now positioned at the right hand of the Father, and, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, from his position in glory, he can transform our condition from darkness to noon daylight, from the valleys of poverty, lack, degradation and marginalization to such high moral and spiritual heights that our song would forever be, "He lives, because he lives in me".
How many of us are restless in spirit, troubled in mind, confused and longing for sweet peace that comes from above? We bombard others and talk shows with "pray for me" pleas because you can't control your children; your husband abuses you; you can't find a job; nobody on the job likes you and people are always picking on you; the government is not looking out for you; your representative won't give you anything.
When it gets to that point, you need to put down antiquated road maps and turn on to God's GPS for reliance to take us to our rightful destiny. There is no one other than Jesus Christ who can navigate us through the storm into peace and tranquility. I go around this island and see people in their need. I passed a huge building nearing completion -- a church to be exact -- and I thought of how it seems that it is a race to see who can have the largest church building - a building that is closed after Sunday service.
The wonderful and well-loved Psalm of David tells of his love for the caring of sheep and how God is the shepherd of our lives. Every good shepherd wants the best for his sheep. If you know today that the lord God is your shepherd, why are you so troubled? Do you doubt his tender mercy? Then why, at this Easter time, are you so nervous and edgy? Do you really believe that he is not dead, but alive?
The Lord is your shepherd and you need to know this in time of need. He promised to supply all your needs, and, if you believe, you will receive. The word "want" becomes obsolete when the Lord is your shepherd and "want" includes money.
The world is in such an uproar, and men's hearts are failing because of fear: fear that they will lose power; fear that popularity is fading; fear that other nations and peoples are rising up against them; fear that party support is slipping away; fear that dictatorial leadership is pushing for supremacy; fear that faithfulness, loyalty and credibility are foreign elements in time of reliance -- just plain fear within and without.
But, today in our text, there is hope for today and peace for tomorrow, and, in spite of all that you are going through, your helper is about to lead you beside still waters. You are about to experience a spiritual paradigm shift and soul-changing surgery. So while there is participation, there is also anticipation. You will drink in peace and safety for spiritual renewal.
Whatever your situation is today, as you too face many crosses in your life, allow the good shepherd, the resurrected Christ to be the leader. He alone knows the way through the wilderness of peril and uncertainty.
To be a wandering sheep and not love the fold, not heed the shepherd's voice and not be controlled, is detrimental to your spiritual wellness. Still waters will lead to restoration and newness of purpose and possibilities.
o E-mail rubyanndarling@yahoo.com, or write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's Blessings!

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April 27, 2012
Tourists demand that one-on-one experience

Position: Owner of Ocean Pearl Resort & Diamond Sunrise Restaurant and Bar

Guardian Business: Can you briefly describe your experience in the tourism sector?

Doris: Being an ambassador for my country has always been a part of my life. As a former athlete, I have been recognized in softball and track and field, and talking and selling my country is something that is very natural for me. My taste for tourism began at an early age, when I had to present a tourism related project for my BJC exam. This peaked my interest and upon completion of high school I applied for a government assistance grant for tourism related projects. Ocean Pearl (a 10-room resort in High Rock, Grand Bahama) was opened in the year 2000. Ocean Pearl caters to domestic and international visitors and is a community and culture focused operation. In 2009, I founded the High Rock Fishing Association Tournament, a community event geared at garnering greater community involvement with the residents.
Getting the local community involved in wholesome activity is very important, as the culture of the people can be shared. Cultural tourism is also important to our community. Some of the things we were also able to accomplish include refurbishing the boat ramp used by both locals and visitors alike and the most recent honoring of all senior citizens last year.

GB: Why did you chose tourism as a career?

Doris: I really didn't choose this as a career, but stumbled into it as I saw an opportunity to own my own business and show others the beauty of my settlement and all that is has to offer. I decided, with this land on the beach, why not use it to show my own people what can be done? If I can please my own people, it would be a plus pleasing visitors. Today I own and operate Ocean Pearl Resort, Diamond Sunrise Restaurant, and Sapphire Tours, which specializes in fishing excursions.

GB: What has been your most memorable moment?

Doris: My most memorable moment occurred in 2003. A visitor from New York came down for a week. It was obvious that he was going through personal issues, and as a result of our engagement, I was able to recommend to him some of the places to visit to find relaxation. He shared that no one ever took the time to ensure his well being and be so genuine. He said that after many walks on the beach based on my recommendation, he found solace and peace. He said that what I had was a gold mine, and as I shared with him my expansion plans, he immediately said he wanted to be a part of it. Upon his return to the United States, he wired funds to my account to aid in the building of my restaurant. To this day his family and mine remain very close friends, and as a result, he has sent other family members and friends to Ocean Pearl. When we dedicated and opened the Diamond Sunrise Restaurant, it was in his honor.

GB: Has the industry changed since you started your career?

Doris: Yes and no. Visitors are more discerning and savvy - they expect an experience and want to understand and appreciate hands-on the culture of the community. I think gone are the days of people wanting to stay for long periods of time in the mega hotels. There is a demand for that - but I feel the desire for that one-on-one experience is far greater. Technology has allowed the flow of information to change perceptions. That can help or hurt depending on the experience. The visitors still expects an experience that they can remember.

GB: What does The Bahamas need to focus on to stay competitive?

Doris: The Bahamas needs to focus on the smaller properties in support of the unique product that is offered. There are many challenges that smaller operations face financially and with the marketing of their businesses. I think if there is more support in these areas. We can attract more visitors to our shores.

GB: What advice would you give a young person who is considering a career in tourism?

Doris: My advice would be to forewarn them that this is not a 9-5 undertaking! You have to love what you do, you have to have charisma, you have to love people and be personable. You have to have a lot of energy and be able to communicate well. I can say if you have all of these qualities, tourism will choose you without you choosing tourism.

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