June 02, 2020
On behalf of the members of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Committee, we are honoured to present this draft plan1.
The year of 2020, which brought with it a highly contagious and globally lethal virus, has dealt a historic and devastating blow to our economy. The members of the Committee worked assiduously within a relatively narrow time frame to harness the expertise embodied by a vast network of representatives from all segments of the tourism industry, including and beyond Committee members.
In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 uprooted and altered the global economy like never before. However, despite the closure of businesses, the loss of livelihoods, the severe restrictions on mobility, we believe that economic recovery is inevitable.
For many Small Island Developing States, including The Bahamas, economic recovery equates to reactivating the tourism industry.
We acknowledge that when we reopen our borders, we must do so with the understanding that the world is, and will be for some time, markedly different from the one that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As such, the Committee hopes that this plan will serve as a practical resource for all stakeholders who interact with the tourism sector in The Bahamas.
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