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TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar.

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Cruise line COVID cases ‘are going to happen’

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said six passengers testing positive for COVID-19 on a Royal Caribbean International cruise which left The Bahamas last week is not a cause for alarm noting the passengers did not interact with locals.

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D’Aguilar says supply chain to blame for Sandals delay

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar is confident that Sandals Resorts International has pushed back the reopening of its Sandals Royal Bahamian resort in New Providence because of supply chain issues related to construction and nothing else.

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Minister’s cargo hub plans for GB airport

Establishing the city of Freeport as an air cargo transshipment hub could generate the extra income required to make its rebuild attractive to private capital and operators/developers, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

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Bahamasair sees revenues fall 84%

Bahamasair’s revenues for the ten months to end-April 2021 plunged by 84 percent year-over-year, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday, with taxpayers set to underwrite its survival via a $60m-plus subsidy.

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D’Aguilar: Fake vaccination cards are a concern

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says officials will have to determine what sort of mechanism will be needed to ensure visitors are not using false vaccination cards when applying for travel health visas.

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D’Aguilar: Follow the rules as we face the third wave

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar made a plea to businesses yesterday, urging them to follow COVID-19 restrictions and prevent large gatherings amid the country’s third wave of the virus.

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Vaccination move is shot in the arm

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said he thinks allowing fully vaccinated travellers to The Bahamas without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test will make the country a more attractive destination for visitors.

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Sandals ‘firing on all cylinders’ only from November 4

A Cabinet minister yesterday voiced optimism Sandals Royal Bahamian will be “firing on all cylinders” from a multi-million dollar renovation that has pushed its post-COVID re-opening out to November 4.

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GOVT ON ALERT AS CASES RISE: D’Aguilar warns public must help to prevent devastating third wave

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has said the country cannot afford to enter a third COVID-19 wave, noting a worrisome uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks.

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Grand Lucayan sale ‘on cusp’ of conclusion

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday described the sale of the Grand Lucayan as on the “cusp” of conclusion, more than one year after a sale and Heads of Agreement was signed between the government and purchasers.

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Harbour Island’s ‘compelling case’ for no cruise tourism

Harbour Island’s tourism industry “has made a compelling case” for why it should not become a cruise destination, a Cabinet minister has admitted.

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Crystal Cruises coming in July

AFTER COVID-19 sparked a year-long halt of the cruise line industry, Crystal Cruises announced yesterday its vessel Serenity will be the first ocean ship to set sail in the Americas beginning with a Bahamian itinerary in early July.

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D’Aguilar: Things will get better as vaccines roll out

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday he is hopeful things will improve for the country’s tourism industry “during the course of the year” as vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 continue to be rolled out worldwide.

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Stopover visitors off 100,000 for January

The Bahamas saw January visitor arrivals fall by more than 100,000 or 84 percent, a Cabinet minister disclosed yesterday, with COVID travel protocols set to remain until vaccination levels hit 80 percent.

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Minister’s go-ahead over ‘vaccine passport’ study

The government is “exploring” whether to adopt so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” in a bid to make two-way travel involving The Bahamas easier, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.

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Aviation bills are passed in Parliament

THE House of Assembly passed a compendium of aviation bills yesterday, one of which seeks to set up the necessary infrastructure so that the country can monetise its airspace.

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Govt ‘very close’ to Grand Bahama airport deal

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said the government is “very close” to acquiring the Grand Bahama International Airport from the Hutchison Group.


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