By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
TOP shows could prove to be the top draw for tourists in The Bahamas, according to the country’s Tourism Minister.
Obie Wilchcombe said the country had to ensure it offered the best rooms and price range and provide ‘a certain level of entertainment.’
“One of the things that bothers me here is Nassau is that there is no entertainment really, no shows - so we are working right now on that,” he told The Tribune.
Mr Wilchcombe said the government was pushing the tourism industry throughout the country and had a number of developments in the works.
He said: “Our job now is to create some economic activity, so we are going to concentrate on tourism as a priority, we are working on more airlift and opening new and old hotels in Grand Bahama.”
Airlift to the Bahamas is up eight per cent said Mr Wilchcombe and the government is seeking a further increase from South American countries such as Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil.
“Those markets are strong and because the world has shifted this way we want to take advantage of it, we want to be in place because you know in two years you have the World Cup and then the Olympics in Brazil. We would be foolish not to capitalise on it now,” he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said the entertainment component of the country’s tourism industry must be developed.
He said: “We are a destination of choice we just have to make sure at all times our product is of good quality, that we have the rooms, the price range and that we are providing a certain level of entertainment. One of the things that bothers me here is Nassau is that there is no entertainment really, no shows.
“When we say it is better in the Bahamas people must understand we are not just talking about the sun, sand and sea, we are talking about service. We are talking about our shows and food, everything must be better in the Bahamas.”