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Bahamas ‘Pushes’ For U.S. Covid Exemption

The Bahamas is pushing “to be at the front of the queue” should the US introduce exemptions from its new COVID-19 testing policy that threatens to be “a significant deterrent” to tourism.

Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that this country and the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean were moving rapidly to make the case to US authorities that any exemption from tightened pandemic enforcement “should be offered to us” first as a region.

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Tourism Loses Giant Of A Man

Bahamian hotel executives yesterday said the tourism industry has “lost a giant of a man” after Sandals founder, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, died in hospital aged 79.

“The world has lost a giant of a man; the tourism industry has lost a visionary. More than any other individual, Butch has influenced the trajectory of tourism in the entire region,” said Robert Sands, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president. “His contribution to The Bahamas cannot be defined in mere dollar value; he set the bar for excellence, and he inspired us to exceed it.”

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Robert ‘Sandy’ Sands Elected BHTA President

Outgoing President of the BHTA, Carlton Russell, tourism stakeholders, welcome Robert “Sandy” Sands as newly elected President of the BHTA

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) held its’ 68th Annual General Meeting on Friday, December 11th 2020. The Meeting was held virtually; a first for the organization. President Carlton Russell, who stepped down from the post he had held for four years noted in his opening remarks: “The very fact that I am speaking to you from a computer screen as opposed to in-person, speaks to the monumental shift that has taken place, across the globe, due to the unprecedented effects of the COVID Pandemic.

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