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Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar. Photo: Terrel W. Carey Sr/Tribune Staff

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'Spiking message': Tourism board raises marketing 15%

The Bahamas’ main tourism promotion board yesterday said it had increased its marketing spend by 15 percent to “spike the message” that this nation remains open post-Hurricane Dorian.Fred Lounsberry, the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board’s chief

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Minister hails Carnival's 'monumental' $100m deal

A Cabinet minister yesterday hailed Carnival Corporation’s $100m Grand Bahama port deal as “monumental” for breaking the model of cruise line control at their private destinations.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Bus

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Tourism: We need Dorian 'headwinds' to die down

The Bahamas must wait for the “negative headwinds” created by Hurricane Dorian to die down before it can start “remarketing” itself as a tourism destination, a Cabinet minister says.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism and aviation, said

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PM’s ‘grander vision’ overtakes Junkanoo Beach outsourcing

A Cabinet minister yesterday confirmed his plans to outsource Junkanoo Beach’s management to the private sector have been overtaken by the Prime Minister’s “grander vision” for the area.

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'Anti-hacking' measures enforced to keep pilots to rules

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said several “anti-hacking” measures have been enforced by the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority to ensure pilots follow regulations.

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D'Aguilar: It's critical that hotel talks are successful

THE hotel workers union is maintaining the proposal it received from industry stakeholders outlined a “zero percent” gratuity provision — despite Atlantis recently stating the industry has “never suggested” eliminating 15 percent gratuity from employees.

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Minister: Don't get hotel union upset

The Minister of Tourism yesterday urged the hotel union to step back from the “nuclear option” of a strike that would be devastating for The Bahamas’ largest industry and wider economy.

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D'Aguilar confirms plans for new airport

THE Minnis administration has committed the funds needed to construct a new airport terminal at Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands within the next year, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has confirmed.

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'Think positively' on Nassau Flight privatisation bid

A Cabinet minister yesterday brushed aside fears that Nassau Flight Services (NFS) privatisation could spark lay-offs, saying the state-owned entity needs “investment and modernisation”.

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Web shop hold-outs told: 'Don't hide behind lawyers'

A Cabinet minister yesterday reiterated calls for web shop hold-outs to “stop hiding behind the lawyers” and pay millions in taxes due under the industry’s settlement with the government.

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Govt buildings strategy ‘win-win for everyone’

The government’s proposal to structure an investment vehicle that would broaden Bahamian ownership of government buildings is “a win-win for everyone”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

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Web shops told: ‘Get on board and pay up’

Web shops were last night warned by a Cabinet minister to “get on board and pay your fair share to the Treasury” otherwise their licences will not be renewed if taxes remain owing.

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Minister: Tourism numbers up 16.9 percent

FOLLOWING “record-breaking” results in 2018 of 6.6 million visitor arrivals to The Bahamas, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar reported that tourism numbers are up by 16.9 percent and that the trend is projected to continue throughout 2019.

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Hacking clampdown

REGULATIONS clamping down on the practice of air “hacking” are imminent, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed yesterday.

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Tourism ‘firing on all cylinders’ via 9% rise

A Cabinet minister yesterday said Bahamian tourism is “firing on all cylinders” with forward stopover bookings for the next three months some nine percent ahead of 2018 comparatives.

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‘I cannot go further with people’s funds’ on Grand Lucayan

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the $5.5m payout demanded by Grand Lucayan managers was based on “faulty analysis”, and blasted: “I can go no further with the people’s money.”

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Tourism chief targets top US safety ranking

A Cabinet minister yesterday pledged to put US crime warnings on “a continued downward trend of severity” that will lead to The Bahamas being rated among the world’s safest nations.

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D’Aguilar dismay at US crime warning

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says he expects some level of “push back” from local officials to a recent US travel advisory, as he expressed dismay over the alert’s timing yesterday.

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D'Aguilar: Gaming taxes will help fund education

REVENUE from gaming industry taxes will contribute to education in the Bahamas, particularly the Minnis administration’s mandate to make the University of the Bahamas and Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute free, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

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