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Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar.

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Tourism 'cannot' return amid surge

The Bahamas “cannot” relaunch its vital tourism industry until the latest COVID-19 outbreak is contained and a “strict 14-day quarantine” regime in place, a Cabinet minister warned yesterday. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, war

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U-turn on tests for hotel stays

THE government reversed its position prohibiting Bahamians from staying at hotels during lockdown weekends unless they produce a negative COVID-19 test result less than 24-hours after the move was announced.

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Grand Bahama case count rises 32 as New Providence slows down

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar confirmed last night that Bahamians who want to have a vacation and stay in a hotel will be required to have a negative COVID test in just the same fashion as visitors arriving from outside the country.

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D'Aguilar apologises to couples for inconvenience

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday apologised for the inconvenience caused to all couples who were scheduled to get married last weekend, saying the government should have informed people in advance about the option to request for a weddin

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Atlantis may remain shut until November

ATLANTIS is considering postponing its reopening until November, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

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'Body blow' for tourism restart

The tourism industry’s revival has suffered “a body blow” by the continued Atlantis and cruise industry uncertainty, a Cabinet minister has conceded, as commercial travel to the US was yesterday cut-off. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and a

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Cruise tourism jobs 'simply evaporated'

A Cabinet minister yesterday conceded all cruise tourism-dependent jobs have “simply evaporated for the time being” as he revealed that one major line suggested the industry might not relaunch until mid-November.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of touris

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COVID testing change may hit tourist opening

A Cabinet minister yesterday conceded that maintaining the existing COVID-19 testing requirements for tourists entering The Bahamas could negatively impact both travel decisions and hotel re-openings.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism

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Tourists need negative COVID-19 test from July 1

TOURISTS who come to the country when commercial international travel resumes on July 1 will have to present a negative COVID-19 test.

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Ministers to rescue on tourism's 'rocky start'

Ministerial intervention yesterday overcame “a rocky start” to the tourism industry’s re-opening after Bahamas Customs failed to appear at multiple marinas to clear incoming boats and yachts Peter Maury, the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) pres

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Baha Mar eyeing 15-20% job cuts

A Cabinet minister yesterday conceded it is “deeply concerning” that Baha Mar has delayed its re-opening amid plans to make “additional staffing reductions” that could result in hundreds losing their jobs. Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured , minister of

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COVID-19 rise 'inevitable' with tourism's reopening

Requiring visitors to take a COVID-19 test before they enter The Bahamas is “a non-starter”, a Cabinet minister argued yesterday, while warning that the tourism industry’s July 1 re-opening will “inevitably” increase cases. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minis

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Tourism payroll given $2m more than needed

A Cabinet minister has admitted that his ministry's payroll was over-budgeted by $2.5m for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and has now been returned to normal levels by the new Budget.

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Minister: Bahamas Ltd 'must get going again'

The Bahamas “can’t afford” to keep its tourism industry shut any longer, a Cabinet minister warned yesterday, as he admitted that the threat posed by COVID-19 can only be “mitigated, not eliminated”.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviatio

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Foreign visitors will not face quarantine

THE Minnis administration is still considering whether it will require tourists to produce a negative PCR test result to gain entry into the country but have ruled out visitors being forced into quarantine.

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D'Aguilar: We're still working on tourist protocols

OFFICIALS are still formulating protocols visitors will have to follow to gain entry into the country once the borders are reopened, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.He also said the Ministry of Tourism plans to launch “a very compr

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Bahamas targets January 1 launch for overflight fees

The Bahamas is aiming to levy fees on aircraft flying through Bahamian airspace by January 1, 2021, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday, adding: “We think we’re close to a solution.”

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Luciano's closure makes tourism start 'more critical'

The closure of Luciano’s restaurant, and loss of 72 jobs, makes it “even more critical to open our tourism industry as rapidly as possible”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, speaking after George

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Marinas 'chomping at bit' to lead re-opening

Bahamian marinas are “chomping at the bit” to re-open before the wider tourism industry in a bid to make multi-million dollar inroads into the lucrative yacht charter market, it was revealed yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviat

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‘Focus is to get tourism industry back on track’

THE government is looking at several dates to resume tourism operations in the country, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed yesterday.

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