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island of Exuma once possessed one of the most vibrant economies of all the
communities of The Bahamas. Organizers of the 5th Annual Exuma
Business Outlook (EBO) say that the object of this year's forum has secured the
participation of strategically placed speakers who will highlight Exuma's once
thriving society and what is being done to restore and improve it for the
benefit of local and national development. Under the theme "Restore Exuma: Sustainability
There, Greater Sustainability Everywhere", the seminar is scheduled to
take place on Wednesday, October 27 on Great Exuma at the beautiful Sandals at
Organisers of the fifth annual Exuma Business Outlook (EBO) said they have secured the participation of speakers who will highlight Exuma's once-thriving society and what is being done to restore and improve it.
Under the theme Restore Exuma: Sustainability There, Greater Sustainability Everywhere, the seminar is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 27, on Great Exuma at Sandals at Emerald Bay.
The nine speakers already confirmed are minister of state for finance Zhivargo Laing, who will deliver the keynote address; David Johnson, veteran tourism professional and incoming director-general of tourism; Floyd Armbrister, president, Exuma Chamber of Commerce; I. Chester Cooper, presi ...
Exuma realtors are calling on the Government to intervene in what they term is the over-valuation of properties by the Treasury department on that island, causing home and land owners to pay property taxes of upwards to three times what they are legally entitled to pay.
Collingwood Turnquest, a realtor in Exuma with Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, told The Tribune yesterday that winter residents in particular have even considered leaving the island because of this.
EXUMA, The Bahamas - In the coming months, the Bahamas Tourist Office in Toronto, Canada, could very well be responsible for an influx of visitors from the north to these shores through Air Canada Vacations, particularly Exuma.
Ambrose Morris, the communications manager for that office, brought nine journalists from various media houses down to New Providence and Exuma over the weekend for the primary reason of telling the story of their travels. With Air Canada now having direct flights in and out of Exuma, those journalists were able to return to their homeland with quite a bit to tell.
In Exuma, the journalists were guests of the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, where they reportedly enjoyed all of the amenities that the all-inclusive resort offers. Outside of the regular confines of Sandals, they partook in the Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tour where they got the "privilege" of swimming with the pigs at Staniel Cay.
"All of them were very much impressed with what they saw," said Morris. "Their stories will cover all of the experiences that they will encounter while they are here. This is huge because through their visit, many others can start planning vacations, and those who are showcasing their Bahamas products can benefit from the influx of tourists. They are going to get the stories and publish them in their various publications so that Canadian consumers could see what's available in the islands of The Bahamas. With the winter approaching, we could start seeing the returns on this almost immediately. The weather here is extraordinary, and that in itself is a wonderful attraction. It's been incredible so far."
Pet Hanna from the Ministry of Tourism's office in Exuma welcomed the guests to the island. She said that Exuma is still pretty much unknown, and it is too beautiful to remain that way.
"It is so important to tell the Exuma story, and really market the Exumas. We're very excited about that group because each of those journalists are from different companies, so we're optimistic that the word of the beauty of Exuma, and all it has to offer, will spread throughout Canada and North America," said Hanna. "The more we could get the Exuma story out there, the more we could fill our hotel rooms with guests. We're very excited about that, and we look forward to many more groups such as these coming down."
Morris and the nine Canadian journalists returned to Toronto on a direct Air Canada flight out of Exuma on Sunday.
Nassau, Bahamas - Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe on Wednesday announced that The Bahamas will host Caribbean Marketplace for the second consecutive year - a first for any country that has hosted the business event.
St Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas are among the nations that will compete head-to-head for the coveted title of "Caribbean's Leading Destination" at a VIP World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica on 19 October 2011.
Sandals Emerald Bay has partnered with Cash ‘N Go to create a one-stop-shop for all the resort’s employees’ needs.
A grand opening was held yesterday to introduce Sandals’ team members to the services offered through the partnership. The newly opened Cash ‘N Go office at Sandals Island Connections Exuma location will operate every Thursday and provide express bill payment and MoneyGram services...
Prime Minister Perry Christie is not faulting Sandals for seeking some relief for its Exuma property. For too long, Bahamian governments of all political persuasions have been backed into a corner to provide financial assistance for major investments, especially in the area of tourism.