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Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar.

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Minister: ‘Prioritise’ tourism workers on COVID-19 vaccine

A Cabinet minister yesterday backed “prioritising” tourism industry workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as “the only way” to rapidly reverse The Bahamas’ economic and fiscal crisis.

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Funding secured for Family Island airports

THE government has secured the funding needed to complete work on four Family Island airports, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar announced yesterday, adding that the total cost of the projects is expected to be about $175 million.

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$50m bail-out for aviation's SOEs

Taxpayers will have spent an extra $50m to bail-out the Government's state-owned aviation entities by mid-June, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.

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Biden’s action ‘simply devastating’ to tourism

A Cabinet minister yesterday warned new US quarantine requirements are “simply devastating” for the Bahamian tourism industry’s rebound, adding: “This keeps us on the edge that much longer.”

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COVID travel measures ‘won’t ease in any way’

A Cabinet minister last night said the government is “not minded in any way to relax the health travel protocols” despite conceding that have likely helped to “depress demand” and tourism’s revival.

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Bay Street's 'full dead stop' gets further extended

A Cabinet minister last night warned Bay Street will be at a "full dead stop" for longer after the cruise industry pushed its return into the 2021 second quarter at earliest.

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Segmenting COVID test window 'could be floated'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said extending the COVID-19 PCR testing window for tourists from countries with fewer cases is "an idea that could be floated" when the present global spike is arrested.

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Minister: 'Friday at latest' for domestic travel visa

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the domestic travel visa will "roll-out by Friday at the latest" as he admitted the Government had "absolutely" under-estimated the COVID-19 testing regime's complexity.

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Minister: 'Element of truth' behind Sandals' concerns

The Bahamas is moving to urgently bring "stability" to its tourism industry, a Cabinet minister said yesterday, agreeing there was "an element of truth" to concerns voiced by Sandals' top executive.

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Minister: Tourists won't visit Nassau under lockdown

The Competent Authority will have to "give significant thought" as to whether the tourism industry can re-open on November 1 amid the current COVID-19 restrictions, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

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Lockdowns ‘behind us’ for November 1

A CABINET minister has voiced optimism that New Providence will have “put these lockdowns behind us” in time for tourism’s planned return on November 1 with the 14-day quarantine elimination.

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Gov't 'walking before running' on COVID test

A Cabinet minister said the Government wanted to "walk before it runs" on the roll-out of arrival and in-stay COVID-19 testing for tourists once the mandatory quarantine is eliminated on November 1.

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We're still negotiating over Grand Lucayan - D'Aguilar

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said the government is still negotiating the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort, suggesting yesterday that the commitment of developers may not be as firm as it was before the COVID-19 crisis. “It’s not a good envir

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Barbados takes lead in filling 'tourism gap'

A Cabinet minister yesterday said The Bahamas “must be creative” in filling COVID-19’s “tourism gap” as Barbados moves to allow visitors to stay for one year. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, while revealing that The Bahamas has

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'Anyone's guess' on full tourism rebound

A Cabinet minister has predicted that the Bahamian economy and its vital tourism industry will feel COVID-19’s negative impact for at least a further two years.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business it was “anyone

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Bahamasair eyes baggage fees and ticket price hikes

Bahamasair is being “implored” by the COVID-19 crisis to increase revenues by $7.5m annually through the levying of “nominal” ticket price rises and baggage fees, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviat

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NO TEST - YOU’RE NOT COMING IN: Rising infections in U.S. force retention of test for visitors after July 1

TRAVELLERS will need a COVID-19 negative test result to enter the country when international commercial flights resume on July 1, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar announced yesterday.

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