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Promoting Grand Bahama at the Seatrade Global 2019
By Robyn Adderley
Apr 10, 2019 - 3:14:51 PM

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In Keeping with the Government’s commitment to establish, Grand Bahama as a the leader in the Maritime Industry and growing potential as a major cruise destination Minister of State for Grand Bahama attended and held discussions with executives in the cruise sector and maritime sector at the world’s largest Cruise and maritime Event, Seatrade Cruise Global 2019

Over 753 Exhibitors and Vendors were displayed at this year’s conference showcasing the opportunities in the industry.

As the world’s largest cruising and maritime event, it goes without saying that SEATRADE CRUISE GLOBAL 2019, which was established in England in 1970 attracted all of the biggest names in the Cruising and Maritime industry to date positioning key stakeholders, brokers, clients and industry professionals for the next level of opportunities.

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Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL), MSC Cruises and Holland America who were all represented and held very informative live panel discussions on the growth, technology and new emerging trends in this sector.

‘’Rise of Female Leadership in the Cruise Industry’’ President of Carnival Cruise Line Christine Duffy spoke to the over 11,000 attendees made up of LEADING CEO’s, Presidents, and executives from the Shipping and Maritime Industry that for the first time in the company’s history, Carnival will be investing significantly in one of the Largest port investments to date in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and spoke to the MAJOR impact it will have on the island and its citizens. Duffy said this will be a new shift for Carnival with respect to Port Development.

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The purpose of attending was the promotion of Grand Bahama as a Maritime Center and and growing the industry which will lead to more employment and training opportunities. Freeport, Grand Bahama had a very broad representation Sen. Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Permanent Secretary Harcourt Brown, Sarah St. George, Chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Group of Companies, Henry St. George (Executive Vice President) Glenette Folwer Vice President of Fowlco and members of the Bahamas Maritime Authority.

Sen. Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at a High-level Maritime Private Reception which is hosted by the Grand Bahama Shipyard with over 100 of the leading players within Cruise, Port Development, and the Maritime Industry.

Minister Thompson told the over 100 invitees that ‘’the Government of the Bahamas is aggressively working to ensure that industries such as the Cruise and Maritime sectors are fully aware of our commitment in establishing Grand Bahama as the maritime center of The Bahamas and leveraging the Freeport Container Port and Grand Bahama Shipyard infrastructure to attract additional investments in this sector’’

We in Grand Bahama can build the industries that support the GB Shipyard as there was interest in those companies who outfit cabins on the ship, service engines, suppliers of furniture and carpet for the ships. These are opportunities that Bahamians should be able to take advantage and create even more jobs and economic impact.

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Seatrade conference report held in Miami

Purpose of attending was the promotion of Grand Bahama as a Maritime Center

Also attending the Conference was the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Fowl Co. also the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Bahamas Maritime Authority

Pleased that Grand Bahama was mentioned a number of times at the Conference. Carnival representative spoke about their project and even Royal Caribbean also mentioned their project at this global conference. Technology was the focus. Ocean Medallion mentioned as well. 

Points to note…. Cruise industry is continuing to grow… All the leaders agree that there is a lot more growth.

There are many places fighting for cruise business. The fight is on the land. Who can create unique experiences. Grand Bahama must make ourselves more competitive

Significant economic impact… our challenge is how do we fully take advantage.

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Opportunity to speak at Shipyard event to promote doing business in Grand Bahama

Actively promoting GB to be a full maritime center.

Interest by those who outfit ships, furnitures and carpets cruise ship engines those who supply the ships

Creation of an industry supporting Shipyard

Promoting GB because industries which can create more opportunities for Bahamians

Promoting GB so more Bahamians can be trained.

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