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Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff

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Airport upgrades gain 1% of needed $200m

The government has allocated just one percent of the $200m needed to upgrade 28 Family Island airports in this year’s budget, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that the

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2018 'a banner year for tourism' in the Bahamas

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar on Friday declared 2018 “a banner year for tourism” in the Bahamas, noting the tremendous growth the sector has experienced and speaking about the positive expectations for the months ahead.

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$100m tourism boost via 18% stopover rise

The Minister of Tourism has hailed an “exceptional” 18 percent air arrivals increase for injecting an extra $100m into the economy during the 2018 first quarter.

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D'Aguilar: I have changed my views on Baha Mar

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says his position on Baha Mar and its importance to the country has changed since being appoint to his post. Speaking outside Cabinet yesterday, the former Baha Mar board member praised the resort’s continued expa

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Minister speaks on plane 'wreckage'

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has responded to a video purportedly showing the wreckage of the Piper Aztec plane that crashed off the coast of Andros last month. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet yesterday, Mr D’Aguilar emphasi

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‘Not wise’ to play politics in govt job

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has suggested the political leanings of two Progressive Liberal Party supporters may have played some part in their firing from airports in Eleuthera.

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Calls to clamp down on airline hackers

THE air charter industry could see more stringent regulations implemented in the coming months, as two Cabinet ministers called for sweeping changes for the sector in the wake of last week’s fatal plane crash in waters off Andros.

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Minister insists nation is safe despite Canada alert

IN the wake of yet another travel warning against The Bahamas, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar is doubling down on his remarks that the country is a safe place for visitors, especially when compared to major American and European cities.

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D’Aguilar: MPs need money to help their constituents

FREE TOWN MP Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday said parliamentarians would not be able to satisfy the overwhelming need of constituents even if their salaries were doubled.

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Gaming Board ‘still overstaffed’

THE Gaming Board is overstaffed by “about 40 employees,” Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday, adding that with demand for technical experts so high in the institution, the days are over when people could show up with a “paper and a pad” and get a job.

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D’Aguilar questions chairman’s motives

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday said the hiring of former Gaming Board Chairman Terah Rahming by Chances Games raises questions over the decisions the former board executive made while carrying out her duties in this post.

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National lottery ‘front and centre’

THE creation of a Bahamian national lottery is “front and centre” for the Gaming Minister, who yesterday warned web shops: “The status quo needs tweaking.”

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Hurricane hit will cost us - for now

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar suggested yesterday the industry could take a hit in the wake of Hurricane Irma if it can’t shake the “destruction in the Caribbean” image being presented to various North American markets.

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Minister slams ‘reprehensible’ cruise line threat to operators

The Minister of Tourism has slammed as “reprehensible” the threat by a major cruise line to terminate Bahamian tour operators’ contracts if they direct-sell to passengers without its permission.

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Tourism in fear over crime risk

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said because crime is “such an enormous problem” in New Providence, his ministry is “deathly” afraid every day that a tragic event will happen and the United States will issue another travel advisory.


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