Airport Executives Aim To Boost Airlift

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Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) officials have joined other Bahamian tourism stakeholders at the 17th annual World Route Development Forum in Berlin, Germany. The conference brings together more than 2,500 airports, airlines and tourism partners for one-on-one talks on air service development.

NAD teamed up with the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (MOTA) and the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board (NPIPB) to showcase the Bahamas to existing and potential airline carriers.

The group also met with event organisers to discuss the Routes Americas conference. The regional version of the forum will be held in Nassau during February 2012.

That conference will bring more than 400 delegates from the region to the Bahamas.

As the official host, NAD will work closely with co-sponsors Atlantis, the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board, and the Bahamas Hotel Association.

"By hosting an event like Routes Americas, we have a unique opportunity to showcase our existing product to key airline decision makers," said Vernice Walkine, vice-president of marketing and communications at NAD.

"We will also be able to highlight the overall infrastructural improvements in the capital, including the new airport facilities and emerging developments like Baha Mar."

During an official handover ceremony in the Dominican Republic last February, Dave Stroud, senior vice-president of Routes, said: "Hosting an event with an airport right in the midst of a massive development project provides an excellent opportunity to give delegates a first-hand experience of what such a task involves, and I am confident that the 5th Routes Americas will leave a big and positive impression with delegates".

The Tribune
Published On: Friday, October 07, 2011