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Ministry of Tourism Launches UK Promotion


The Ministry of Tourism is preparing to launch a near $300,000 initiative centered around a U.K. film project distinguishing the islands of The Bahamas in an effort to boost arrivals from that destination.

The project has already landed the ministry 150 applications from film makers in that destination who are eager to shoot the three to five minute films, from which 14 will be chosen to be shown in cinemas around the U.K. Director General Vernice Walkine asserts Tourism's 14 Island Challenge could provide the Out Islands with much needed exposure the ministry just can't pay for.

"We'll never have a campaign to promote Mayaguana," she told reporters yesterday. "This we believe is the most effective and efficient way for us to communicate that we have multiple islands... we've not done as effective a job in communicating we're Abaco, Bimini, Eleuthera and so on.

"In the U.K. the perception is there is only Nassau and Paradise Island."


Board and Membership Meeting

The next BHA Board and Membership meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th at 9:30am at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.  Members please make every effort to attend.  A special roundtable discussion will focus on safety and security.  We will be joined by senior members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and will also provide an update on several security-related initiatives of interest to our industry which BHA is working on with the Police.  The Sheraton is offering a special rate for out-of-town members.  Contact the BHA for details.

Optimism At Caribbean Small Hotels Retreat

The highly anticipated 2009 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Small Hotels Retreat kicked off in the U.S. Virgin Islands last night with a larger than expected delegation of small hoteliers, optimistic about their prospects in an improved 2010 economy.

"The small hotels of the Caribbean are the salt and spice, and yes - the heart and soul of our region. They are as diversified as our people and we truly believe this is where we stand out," said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S.V.I. in her keynote address at the retreat's opening ceremony. "At the end of the day, this is the group that is vested in our community."
Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2009 17:30

Hotel Occupancy Down 75%

Some Family Island resorts have suffered a lower than average slow season, down some 75 per cent compared to last year's 30 per cent occupancy levels, according to the Abaco Beach Resort's general manager. Some properties have closed altogether for the two-month slow period.

Sheraton Appoints New Travel Sales Manager

The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort has appointed André R. Newbold to the newly-created position of business travel sales manager.
Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2009 17:31

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