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‘Pay up or we’ll shut you down’

DESPITE admitting the government’s first rates of taxation for number houses were “probably overly ambitious”, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has warned non-compliant operators behind on taxes face losing their licences.

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Top resort owner targets last Hotel Corp property

A leading Andros-based developer has emerged as the likely buyer of the last Hotel Corporation-owned resort, a Cabinet minister saying yesterday: “The quicker a deal happens the better.”

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D’Aguilar confident he’s on top of problems at LPIA

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says he has a handle on the deficiencies exposed in a report about a near mid-air collision at the Lynden Pindling International Airport last September even as the government struggles to recruit new air traffic controllers.

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Govt ‘within’ $25m budget for Lucayan

A Cabinet minister yesterday predicted the government “will be within” the $25m budget allocated for the Grand Lucayan, adding that he could “see no impediment to a speedy closing”.

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Land woes ‘complicate’ $200m airport upgrades

The government’s plans to partner with the private sector on Family Island airport upgrades worth $200m have been “complicated” by land woes, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

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D'Aguilar confirms Grand Lucayan payouts to line staff

PAYOUTS to line staff employees at the Grand Lucayan resort should be done this week or early next week “at the latest,” Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

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Dionisio heads absentee list

FREETOWN MP Dionisio D’Aguilar leads his parliamentary colleagues with the most recorded House of Assembly absences since the Free National Movement took office in 2017.

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Royal backdown over crime alert

A major cruise line has agreed to withdraw a crime warning that threatened to “unduly bring fear to passengers coming to Nassau”, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

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China won't replace our 'bread and butter'

The Bahamas “cannot ignore” China’s fast-growing tourism market even though the US will “always be our bread and butter”, the Minister of Tourism argued yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, who has just returned from leading a joint industry-government dele

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Govt targets $12m saving in scrapping cruise rebate regime

The Minister of Tourism yesterday revealed the Government could save $12m per year after it completely “scrapped” the tax incentive regime for cruise lines.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting, said the departure tax reba

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D’Aguilar apologises for flights nightmare

AFTER Bahamasair experienced a “nightmare” weekend of protracted flight delays due to a plane needing mechanical work during a busy weekend, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said as the slow season approaches, the state-owned airline should be able to meet demand even with a plane out of service.

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Closure threat forced our hand

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday the government was forced to act to save the Grand Lucayan hotel properties because its owner Hutchison Whampoa has been threatening to shut down the property.

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Five percent web shop stamp duty 'may not be forever'

WHILE the government will forge ahead with its new five percent stamp duty on web shop deposits, it does not mean this tax will forever remain at this rate, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.It comes as FML Group of Comp

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D'Aguilar: We will not be moved on gaming tax

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday insisted the government would not adjust its sliding scale tax structure imposed on gaming operators regardless of the findings of a study on its impact.Mr D’Aguilar rebuffed suggestions the government’s

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Tech issues stall new betting tax

Bahamian gamblers will enjoy a two-month reprieve from the budget’s twin five percent levies because they are “not as easy and straightforward” to implement as the government thought.

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Web shops ‘taking advantage of workers’

THAT Island Luck employees were seemingly threatened with a loss of pay if they failed to attend Thursday’s protest is a “blatant, naked attempt to take advantage of poor people”, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

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D’Aguilar: We will be flexible

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said the government will be flexible with web shop taxes, adjusting its new sliding scale scheme if it proves too onerous.


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