Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell has released a statement clarifying his communication in the House of Assembly on Wednesday about the government's recent trip to China.
The statement says the Minister “wishes to clarify the reference in his January 14, 2015 Communication to Parliament on the Prime Minister’s delegation recent visit to China relating to possible management interest in Baha Mar by a Chinese hotel management company.
“For clarity it is pointed out that the interest as expressed generally in possible investment and management opportunities of Bahamian resorts by the Chinese hotel and travel conglomerate Jing Jiang International Holdings Limited. Such opportunities could include consideration of Jing Jiang management in any future expansion plans by Baha Mar.”
The Baha Mar resort also released a statement with regards to Mr Mitchell's communication which read: “In reference to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Frederick Mitchell's January 14, 2015 Communication to Parliament about the Prime Minister’s delegation to China, it was pointed out that the Prime Minister and Baha Mar Chairman Sarkis Izmirlian met with various tourism related companies including Hainan Group and Jin Jiang. Baha Mar clarified that the opportunities could include consideration of management or investment in any future expansion plans for the resort.”