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Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar.

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'We'll never let cruise lines bypass Nassau'

The government will use “whatever means are necessary” to ensure the cruise industry does not bypass Nassau and other “major population centres” post-COVID-19, a Cabinet minister pledged yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviatio

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‘Resign - What for? it’s time to move on’

Tourism Minister  Dionsio D’Aguilar said yesterday he doesn’t believe he should have resigned along with former Health Minister Dr Duane Sands because of his involvement in allowing six permanent residents entry in the country nearly two weeks ago.

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Fear virus may derail cruise port investors

A Cabinet minister is voicing fears that the COVID-19 pandemic may have derailed ambitions to give 20,000-plus Bahamians an ownership stake in the new $250m Nassau Cruise Port. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Busin

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Spending 'explosion' with SOE losses squeeze govt

Mounting losses at troubled state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are squeezing the government amid “exploding” welfare demands, a Cabinet minister adding: “All arrows are pointing the wrong way.” Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told

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Tourism focusing on core markets 'bang for buck'

Tourism must focus on “getting the biggest bang for our buck” with post-COVID-19 marketing strategies given that it will not escape government-wide budget cuts, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, t

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Tourism has 'no choice' to devise virus safeguards

Bahamian tourism is going to “have to live with” COVID-19 and devise measures to reassure both visitors and industry employees that the sector is safe, a Cabinet minister warned yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told T

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Tourism grapples with 'new normal'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the tourism industry’s “contact sport” must grapple with a “new normal” focused on health and safety in a post-COVID-19 environment. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister for tourism and aviation, told reporters outside the

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'Govt cannot save everyone'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said he was “on his knees” hoping the cruise lines’ Grand Bahama projects pull through, as he warned: “Government cannot rescue everyone from this crisis.” Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured , minister of tourism and aviation,

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14 infected crew aboard RCCL vessel off Coco Cay

ROYAL Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is anchored off the coast of Great Harbour Cay with 14 crew members positive for COVID-19, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar confirmed yesterday.

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Virus takes jobless to 30% as major hotels shut down

THE country’s major hotels are shutting down because of the coronavirus crisis and temporarily laying off staff, with Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar saying the unemployment rate is now probably above 30 percent and expected to grow.

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D'Aguilar worried by Trump travel ban

The "earth-shattering" move by the US to impose a 30-day travel ban on most European nations has created alarm over where the coronavirus fall-out is going to end, a Cabinet minister said last night.

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Comparing coronavirus to recession, September 11 labelled 'premature'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said he was “not yet prepared to reach the conclusion” that the coronavirus outbreak may match the 2008-2009 recession and 9/11 attacks in its impact on The Bahamas. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation,

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'Stop focusing on the peanuts': GB deals grow one tax $63m

A Cabinet minister yesterday told Bahamians to “stop focusing on the peanuts” as he revealed that the cruise lines’ Freeport projects will generate $63m in annual taxes from just one revenue stream. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviati

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Border tightens on virus nations: Italy, South Korea, Iran added to restricted list

THE government has implemented new border control and quarantine measures for people travelling to the country from Italy, South Korea and Iran – where there is a prevalence of novel coronavirus cases, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday.

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D'Aguilar: Rewards will outweigh what govt spent on hotel

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said the future economic benefits of the Grand Lucayan resort sale outweigh what the government spent to manage the hotel before it was sold and any concessions given to the buyers. Mr D’Aguilar also doesn’t think

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'Oversight' hits web shop patron taxation

A Cabinet minister says the government aims to correct an “embarrassing oversight” in failing to specify when the web shop patron winnings tax takes effect “within the next 30 days”. Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured , minister of tourism and aviation, t

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Get 'house in order' for aircraft registry

The Bahamas will be unable to fulfill its aircraft registry ambitions unless it “gets its house in order” on the industry’s civil aviation regulatory regime, a Cabinet minister has admitted.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism and aviati

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Bay Street - it’s wrong way round

Downtown Nassau is failing to exploit its prime asset because many Bay Street buildings “are facing the wrong way”, a Cabinet minister has told Tribune Business.

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Minister 'won't intervene' on Compass Point issue

Compass Point’s owner has been urged to resolve his hotel licensing grievances with the regulator, a Cabinet minister saying: “This is not a case where I can intervene.” Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business tha

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Minister ‘not worried’ on Lucayan airport demand

A Cabinet minister yesterday said he is “not worried” that the ITM/Royal Caribbean joint venture wants a government guarantee the airport will be fixed before they close the Grand Lucayan deal.

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Airline’s ‘mistake’ led to US flights lockout

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said Bahamasair “made a mistake” not acquiring the technology necessary for entry into the United States ahead of a January 1, 2020 deadline.

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Minister vents on 'butt busting tourism hiccups'

The tourism minister has vented his frustration that “butt-busting” efforts to spark a post-Dorian rebound are being undermined by self-inflicted “hiccups” during the peak winter season.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, told Tribune Business that “we rea

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US airlines want more before returning to GB

Major US airlines want “greater infrastructure upgrades” to Grand Bahama International Airport than their own industry regulators before they will resume flying, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and avia

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I agree with flight report - D'Aguilar

SMALL countries like the Bahamas are challenged to build capacity needed to provide search and rescue services that meet international standards, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday. He spoke following the release of the

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