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Tourism officials believe that expanding its Canadian market will only have a positive impact on The Bahamas' bottom line.The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is teaming up with Canadian tour operator Sunquest, as it announced direct flights to Nassau from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Tourism's National Manager for the Canadian office Janet Cuffie said the venture is part of the ministry's expansion strategy.
She believes the key to ensuring that The Bahamas is seen as a strong destination by vacationers is through successfully convincing travel partners to offer more destinations in more markets.
"There will be two weekly departures on Thursdays and Sundays aboard Thomas Cook Airlines' 217-seater Boeing 757 aircraft," she said.
Cuffie told Guardian Business the launch of this newest service is in addition to the year-round flight from Toronto to Nassau that Sunquest currently operates.
Cuffie revealed that in addition to the flights, Sunquest will offer Nova Scotia residents the opportunity to book three, four and seven night stays at any of eight Nassau or Paradise Island area resorts.
These resorts include Atlantis Paradise Island, Comfort Suites Paradise Island, Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Best Western Bayview Suites, Superclubs Breezes Nassau, Wyndham Nassau Resort&Crystal Palace Casino, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort.
Sunquest's Vice President Steve Buchart toldGuardian Business the company is delighted to offer direct flights between Halifax and Nassau as part of its winter 2012 program.
He called this move a win-win situation for all involved.
"This new route not only allows our customers in Halifax to experience, first-hand, our Thomas Cook Canada flights and the best-in-class service that goes with that, but it also provides us with the opportunity to further promote Nassau as a fantastic vacation destination.
"Not only does Nassau offer great resorts, beautiful beaches and ample opportunities for fun, it is now easier than ever to visit with this new direct service."
The Halifax program to Nassau with Sunquest is showing strong sales for the month of February.
In fact, last night's inaugural flight was sold out.
Sunquest has been offering Canadians vacation packaged holidays for over 40 years, specializing in the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Central America, southern Europe and Mediterranean cruises.
Halifax is the largest city in Canada's Atlantic region.
The nonstop seasonal service from Halifax to Nassau commenced yesterday and will end on April 8, 2012.
HALIFAX - (Canadian Business) Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA) says it's buying a majority stake in
Grand Bahama Power Company Ltd. for $82 million, beefing up the Canadian
utility company's assets in the Caribbean.
Halifax-based Emera -- owner of Nova Scotia Power's, the
province's main electric utility -- will have an 80.4 per cent direct and
indirect interest in the Bahamian island's only utility company once
the deal closes...
Halifax Media Co-op writes:
Two weeks ago, two gentlemen from the Bahamas came to Halifax,
looking for answers from Emera. Troy Garvey and Jonathan Glinton
represent Operation Justice Bahamas, and they have their sights set on
taking the home-grown power monster to court back on the island. Set
sail for corporate misadventures as we embark upon...The Emera
One of Emera's most recent procurements is the Grand Bahamas Power
Company, of which they maintain an 80% ownership, as of December 2010.
The regulatory situation in Grand Bahama is unique, and lends itself
well to corporate pirates that make Captain Morgan look more like
Captain Kangaroo. However, to fully...
Toronto, Ont. Canada - Canadian tour operator Sunquest Vacations recently announced the mid-winter launch of a new direct airline service to Nassau from
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
According to news release on January 24th, 2011, the new
majority shareholder in the Grand Bahama Power Company is going through some
organizational changes in its head offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
report says that Chris Huskilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Emera
Inc., announced on Monday that effective May 1, 2011, Nancy Tower, presently
the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emera and Nova
Scotia Power Inc., will assume the role of Executive Vice President, Business
Development for Emera Inc.
Almost two weeks after the body of 11-year-old Marco Archer was found in bushes behind a Cable Beach apartment complex, his family is still waiting for police to return his remains.
Superintendent Paul Rolle, who heads the Central Detective Unit, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that police have sent DNA samples from the body to Florida for testing and are awaiting the results.
Rolle said the matter was being handled through the forensics division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and he was uncertain as to when the results will be returned.
"We are just waiting until we get the results back," he said.
"We are hoping to get them sooner than later so that the family can bury their loved one."
As has been widely reported, Marco went missing in the Brougham Street area on September 23.
While police said they had a suspect in custody, no one has yet been charged in connection with the boy's murder.
Rolle -- who was careful in the details he was providing -- said once they get the DNA results, they will determine how to proceed in the matter.
Marco's sister, Tancia Humes, said Sunday, the family is anxious to give him a burial reflective of the way he lived his life and the widespread love he received from people who knew him.
She indicated that the family was finding some comfort in the fact that Marco's death was not in vain.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney, who specializes in forensics, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that DNA results sent to DNA Labs International in Florida take between one and two months to receive.
McCartney said a building to house the police's DNA lab has been identified at police headquarters and approval was received last week for an architect to assist in maximizing the space at the site.
He said there is a team of about five officers and civilians who have been identified to undergo training in forensics. McCartney said Fairfax Identity Laboratories out of Virginia will assist in the training and in the establishment of the lab.
"We can start running DNA profiles quickly, but what we want to do is make sure that the individuals are properly trained to international standards [and] properly certified so the results could be accepted anywhere in the world, basically," he said.
McCartney said police hope to start DNA profiling locally some time in 2012.
"We have most of the equipment," he said. "We have had the equipment for a few years now and so it's just the proper facility [and] trained staff."
McCartney pointed to the importance of being able to conduct DNA profiling locally.
"I think the time it takes to get results will certainly be decreased," he said.
"They have now perfected DNA profiling that in a rush case, you can get results in a matter of days."
McCartney said police are very selective in the cases they send off because of the costs involved, as well as time.
It could cost $1,000 for one set of samples, he indicated, but this does not include costs connected with any travel involved. Each specimen costs $200 and five are sent on average in a routine case, according to the deputy commissioner.
"With our own local database and with our expertise, we will be able to resolve cases much faster," McCartney said.
Police are carefully putting together the case of Marco Archer, The Nassau Guardian understands, which is why they have not rushed to charge anyone with the crime.
Police want to base the case on solid scientific evidence.
Rolle, the CDU chief, recognized the importance of families having closure in these kinds of matters. He said once police are in a position to release Marco's remains, his family will be immediately notified.
It took the families of the several boys who went missing in Grand Bahama in 2003 five years to get their remains and bury their dead.
Marco's family and police are hopeful that his remains will be returned much sooner.