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Bahamas 'Meddling With Disaster' On Tourist's Murder

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Obie Wilchcombe

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday that incidents such as the recent murder of an American visitor to New Providence could negatively impact this country’s reputation as a premier tourist destination, telling Tribune Business: “We’re meddling with disaster.”

Reports of the shooting of Chicago native Kyle Brauner, 34, have been carried in several major US media publications, such as the Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and Mr Wilchcombe said this was not the publicity the Bahamas needed.

“It is my view that we are meddling with disaster that can have a drastic impact, which will severely affect the Bahamas and our reputation,” he said.

“All the people of the Bahamas would ultimately be impacted economically, socially and otherwise. I think we have to appreciate that just today the story appeared on the front page of the Chicago Tribune, which has a distribution of 450,000 and more than three million visits online.

“That means the story sits there and what could happen is that becomes a story which gathers traction.”

He added: “We do not need that, and it’s not only because of this incident that I say that, but because of the continued incline of such incidents - even when they involve Bahamians.

“We have to cause the Bahamas to again be seen as a peaceful and friendly environment, where the visitor can have the liberty to enjoy what we as Bahamians want to enjoy every day. It all comes back to a simple reality that we must fix our country for ourselves and allow others to enjoy it.”

Mr Brauner, who was working on a sailboat passing through New Providence, was reportedly shot in the neck early Sunday morning while trying to thwart a robbery attempt.

Comments

USA 7 years, 1 month ago

It does not matter how many hotels you build, people will not come here if the crime is not brought under control ask anyone about the law in the Bahamas it is known as a lawless country one where the police are involved in crime, one where people who commit heinous crimes are out in bail because the judicial system does not exist least of all work. Respect does not exist, I am in dis belief when I heard the way police officers speak and are spoken to.maybe at one time this was a Christian nation it no longer is viewed this way. After all the police made a statement about the latest murder of the American tourist about being professionals, but speak in a derelict tongue what is " we no fool" if you want to be viewed and respected speak proper English and save the slang speaking for the privacy of your own home.!!!!!

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