The Honourable Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, recently delivered an ambitious new vision for the nation's tourism sector at the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association's Annual General Meeting.
Davis highlighted a need for a paradigm shift, aiming to move Bahamians from mere participation in the industry to roles of leadership, innovation, and ownership.
Focus on Economic Impact Over Tourism Numbers
Davis stressed the importance of economic impact, rather than simply attracting a high volume of visitors. His strategy focuses on channeling tourist spending into the Bahamian economy and investing in vital infrastructure such as the expansion of Lynden Pindling International Airport.
An Inclusive, Sustainable, and Beneficial Tourism Model
Prime Minister Davis envisions a tourism sector that is more inclusive, sustainable, and beneficial for Bahamians. He spoke of harnessing the unique Bahamian culture and strengthening community-based initiatives. This approach, he believes, would ensure a more equitable distribution of the benefits of tourism growth amongst all Bahamians.
Deepening Linkages for Economic Prosperity
Prime Minister Davis also underscored the need to deepen linkages with local industries, ensuring that growth in tourism translates into tangible benefits for every Bahamian. He was clear that the ultimate goal of the industry is economic prosperity, and that decisions and incentives must align with this objective. His address signifies a commitment to a future where tourism serves as a vehicle for national growth and the empowerment of Bahamians.